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Microwave steamed green beans on white platter with serving fork.

3 Ingredient Steamed Green Beans

10 minutes from start to finish with this simple side dish! This is the simplest way to cook green beans.
Course Vegetables and Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 96kcal
Author Deb Clark
Cost $5


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


  • 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. Top with a grind of fresh ground black pepper. Toss 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.


Steaming Green Beans 3 Ways
Stovetop - Add water to the bottom of a pan. Make tin foil balls and put a plate on top, adding the beans to a plate and steaming until crisp.
Oven or Grill - Wrap the beans in foil, add a bit of butter and a couple tablespoons of water to the packet and seal completely. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes until crisp tender.
Microwave - the easiest method!
Best tip - don't overcook the beans. They should be bright and crunchy!
To dress these up for your holiday meal, finish with fresh lemon zest and freshly grated parmesan cheese and a handful of toasted almonds.


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