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Steam Green Beans in Microwave

Steam Green Beans in Microwave

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Steam Green Beans in Microwave
Steam Green Beans in Microwave


Green bean

Green beans are young, unripe fruits of various cultivars of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), although immature or young pods of the runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus), yardlong bean (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis), and hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus) are used in a similar way. Green beans are known by many common names, including French beans (or the French: haricot vert), string beans (although most modern varieties are “stringless”), and snap beans or simply snaps. In the Philippines, they are also known as Baguio beans or habichuelas, to distinguish them from yardlong beans.

They are distinguished from the many other varieties of beans in that green beans are harvested and consumed with their enclosing pods, before the bean seeds inside have fully matured. An analogous practice is the harvest and consumption of unripened pea pods, as is done with snow peas or sugar snap peas.


Microwave is a form of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths ranging from about one meter to one millimeter corresponding to frequencies between 300 MHz and 300 GHz respectively. Different sources define different frequency ranges as microwaves; the above broad definition includes both UHF and EHF (millimeter wave) bands. A more common definition in radio-frequency engineering is the range between 1 and 100 GHz (wavelengths between 0.3 m and 3 mm).

In all cases, microwaves include the entire SHF band (3 to 30 GHz, or 10 to 1 cm) at minimum. Frequencies in the microwave range are often referred to by their IEEE radar band designations: S, C, X, Ku, K, or Ka band, or by similar NATO or EU designations.

The prefix micro- in microwave is not meant to suggest a wavelength in the micrometer range. Rather, it indicates that microwaves are “small” (having shorter wavelengths), compared to the radio waves used prior to microwave technology. The boundaries between far infrared, terahertz radiation, microwaves, and ultra-high-frequency radio waves are fairly arbitrary and are used variously between different fields of study.

Microwaves travel by line-of-sight; unlike lower frequency radio waves they do not diffract around hills, follow the earth’s surface as ground waves, or reflect from the ionosphere, so terrestrial microwave communication links are limited by the visual horizon to about 40 miles (64 km).

At the high end of the band, they are absorbed by gases in the atmosphere, limiting practical communication distances to around a kilometer.

Microwaves are widely used in modern technology, for example in point-to-point communication links, wireless networks, microwave radio relay networks, radar, satellite and spacecraft communication, medical diathermy and cancer treatment, remote sensing, radio astronomy, particle accelerators, spectroscopy, industrial heating, collision avoidance systems, garage door openers and keyless entry systems, and for cooking food in microwave ovens.

Microwave Green Beans Recipe Ingredients

Beans – I recommend for cooking green beans in the microwave, that you use a pack of trimmed fresh green beans. It’s a total life saver and it saves you the task of having to trim the green beans yourself.

Water – To steam green beans in the microwave you will need a tablespoon of water into the bottom of your steamer basket.

Seasoning – Then for seasoning your green beans I recommend you keep it simple with salt, pepper, oregano and garlic.

Optional – I love to dress up my green beans and make them even better. If you want to dress up your green beans then you will need butter and parmesan cheese.

How To Steam Green Beans In The Microwave

Green beans should be cleaned and trimmed. Without allowing it to dry, add a pat of garlic butter, white pepper, and kosher salt to a microwavable container.

Cover the container and microwave for up to five minutes for delicate snappy beans or up to six minutes to achieve much softer beans.

So in the midst of the sweltering heat and lack of energy to fire up the stovetop…

What should you do to succeed in making your green bean fantasy a dream come true?

Break out the microwave!

Certainly, your microwave is not at all the magical cooking device it once was portrayed to be. However, it’s pretty darn good for some things.

This includes preparing green beans with basically just some water, garlic butter, and your microwave.

I embrace using the microwave for cooking freshly cut beans!

I’ve practiced preparing haricot verts (French green beans), green beans, and just about any bean-like this for thousands of years.

Well, maybe not thousands but for too many years to remember.

It’s all worth it, seeing as it’s so convenient and simple, plus they always turn out so wonderfully. There is no need for water boiling or ice water shocking, simply a single plate and you’re finished!


Steam Green Beans in Microwave
Steam Green Beans in Microwave


How Long Should I Steam Green Beans In A Microwave?

If you would like your green beans soft and crispy, about 4 to 5 minutes in the microwave will do the job. Consider 5 to 6 mins max if you want your beans softer. Keep in mind that food keeps cooking even after it has been microwaved.

You still can increase time afterward, so always attempt the shortest time initially.

Once you microwave green beans, you essentially trap in further nutrients since they heat rapidly and require less water.

If you want your French beans or haricot verts snappy yet tender, microwave them for 2 minutes. To get softer string beans, attempt 4 minutes. Because every microwave is unique, you will have to alter the duration to suit your liking.

Green beans and haricot verts can be substituted. Haricot verts are substantially thinner than green beans so they’ll cook significantly faster. If you do choose haricot verts, begin monitoring them after the first minute.

Whatever bean you choose would be determined by your personal preferences.

Each is an excellent choice!

Toss your green beans with additional butter as desired, or savor them as is! I occasionally top with fried diced ham prior to actually serving.

Best Way To Steam Green Beans In The Microwave.

Microwaving green beans is straightforward, allowing anyone to get meals on the countertop fast. Follow these steps for guaranteed awesomely steamed green beans in the microwave.

Step 1

In a microwavable glass container fitted with a cover, combine freshly clipped green beans and 2 tablespoons of water.

Step 2

Set the dish inside the microwave for 3 minutes.

Step 3

Heat about 4 minutes on maximum. Once the time expires, give the green beans a quick mix then close the lid.

Step 4

Heat for an additional one or two minutes then takes a bite of a green bean to ensure it is soft enough.

Step 5

When you want the green beans more tender, continue to heat them for 1 minute longer.

Step 6

Take the plate out of the microwave with caution. Using a metal strainer or colander, strain your green beans into the sink.

A crucial point to note:

I recommend that you do not season green beans without draining the water first.

Whatever seasoning added would be diminished by the water. Additionally, you’ll need the butter and spices to cling to the beans.

Since you are reusing the same pan you cooked the beans in, make sure to drain any remaining cooking liquid.

Add a few specks of salt and crushed pepper to taste, then serve immediately.

Why Steam Green Beans In Microwave?

Until you try microwave green beans you won’t understand just how fast and easy it is.

You trim your green beans (or buy green beans already trimmed) and load them into your microwave steamer basket with a little water.

Add your seasonings and then the microwave works its magic for you.

Plus, because the green beans are being steamed and NOT boiled, they keep their flavour and don’t have that over boiled texture.

Microwave Fresh Green Beans

I prefer to microwave fresh green beans. A surprise really considering I am obsessed with air frying a lot of frozen veggies.

BUT fresh green beans are just as effortless as frozen, and you can cook as many fresh green beans as you like in the microwave.

It doesn’t have to be a large portion.

I am also the only one in the Milner house that loves green beans, so I often do enough just for me.


Steam Green Beans in Microwave
Steam Green Beans in Microwave


Blanch Green Beans In Microwave

If you want to blanch green beans in the microwave instead of cooking them to serve for dinner, then you can do this too.

Simply reduce the cook time for your microwave green beans to 2 minutes, then allow to cool before loading into the freezer.


Eight Ways to Jazz Up Steamed Green Beans 

  1. Toss them with a splash of rice wine vinegar, a light drizzle of toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds (pictured)
  2. Sprinkle over the zest of a lemon and toasted slivered almonds
  3. Serve topped with toasted panko breadcrumbs (melt 1 Tbsp butter in a saute pan; add 1 cup panko and toast over medium heat, stirring often, until golden brown)
  4. Chill beans in an ice bath, then toss with balsamic vinaigrette, fresh basil and grated parmesan
  5. Top with halved grape tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese
  6. Saute a clove of minced garlic in olive oil; Add chili flakes to taste, then add in cooked beans and toss to coat
  7. Serve coated lightly in a spoonful or two of pesto
  8. Toss with chopped sun-dried tomatoes (in oil) and chopped toasted walnuts



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