Microwave Green Beans Recipe

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The easiest way to cook green beans is to cook them in a microwave.  When you use the microwave to cook green beans, you don’t need to deal with the boiling pot of water!

Also, cooking green beans in the microwave is healthier than boiling them in a pot.  When you boil green beans in the pot of the stove, the nutrients end up in the cooking water, and then get poured down the drain.  With microwave green beans, there is nowhere for the nutrients to escape – when you cook those green beans in the microwave, the vitamins stay inside the beans and end up in your mouth!

Microwave Green Beans Recipe

Cooking time: 4 minutes


  • 1 lb green beans

Instructions How To Cook Green Beans In The Microwave

  • Wash the green beans and cut off the stringy ends.
  • Put the green beans in a microwave-safe dish that has a cover.
  • Cover the dish and put in the microwave.
  • Microwave the green beans on High for 4 minutes.
  • Taste the green beans to see if they are cooked enough. If they are too tough, keep microwaving more for 1 minute at a time until they cooked to your liking.

Remember that the green beans will soften quite a bit on their own after you take them out of the microwave (this is because they continue cooking on their own while they are still hot).  So when you take out the beans, they should be slightly undercooked if you want them to end up crispy.  Overcooking the beans will result in a mushy texture.  It’s better to undercook the green beans than to overcook!

All microwaves vary.  Once you figure out the correct cooking time for your microwave, remember it for future cooking.

Seasonings For Microwave Green Beans

Before serving cooked green beans, sprinkle them with salt and pepper.  I also love to drizzle them with olive oil and vinegar (or bottled Italian dressing) – seasoned green beans taste outstanding!

Microwave Green Beans Shortcut

I’m usually too lazy to trim green beans, so I often buy packaged green beans that already been trimmed!  This is a great shortcut that saves you time.  Many packaged kinds of green beans are also pre-washed and microwaveable – this means you can microwave them without even taking them out of the bag!

Here’s the picture of the microwaveable green beans package – it says “Microwavable” on the bag, and I just stick the whole bag in the microwave and microwave for 4 minutes.


Microwave is a great tool for cooking most vegetables.  If you enjoy these microwave green beans, check out microwave corn recipe, microwave broccoli recipe and microwave baked potato recipe.

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