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Hands-on Time
6 Mins
Total Time
6 Mins
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

How to Make It

Step 1

Place green beans in a large skillet; pour in 1/4 cup water.

Step 2

Bring to a boil over high heat. As soon as water comes to a boil, cover pan and cook 3 minutes.

Step 3

Uncover pan, and stir in butter. Cook 1 minute or until water evaporates and beans are crisp-tender.

Step 4

Sprinkle beans with salt and pepper.

Step 5

3 Ways to Riff: • Try this technique with cut asparagus, broccoli or cauliflower florets, thinly sliced zucchini or yellow squash, or quartered radishes. • You can also try with carrot chunks, butternut squash cubes, or halved Brussels sprouts; just double the cook time and add more water if the pan dries out. • Cook tender leafy greens (spinach, baby kale, Swiss chard, or mustard greens) this way; just use a Dutch oven or other large pot with a lid.

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