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Steamed green beans on a white platter sitting on a black table.

3 Ingredient Steamed Green Beans

Steamed Green Beans are a super easy, super delicious side dish taking just minutes to make. They are perfect when paired with rich heavy meals and leftovers become a yummy snack or an ingredient for a great soup!
Course Vegetables and Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 96kcal
Author Deb Clark
Cost $5


  • 2 pounds green beans
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or more!


  • Snapping off the stems of the green beans. The tails you can leave on, no need to remove them. Cut them into 2 inch (bite sized) pieces. Rinse them well and place them in a microwave dish.
  • Add two tablespoons of water to the dish and microwave on high for four to five minutes. The exact time will depend on your microwave - check after 3 minutes and adjust the microwave time.
  • Remove from the microwave and sprinkle with a teaspoon of soy sauce and add a tablespoon of butter, letting it melt over the top. Mix well and serve.
  • That's it - perfect and delicious every time! This is a great dish for the holidays too because you're not taking up valuable oven-space and if you keep the lid on the casserole dish the beans will stay warm until it's time to serve.


Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1650IU | Vitamin C: 27.6mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2.3mg