Hands-on Time
6 Mins
Total Time
6 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

Here's a fast, efficient way to cook green beans (and other vegetables), eliminating the fuss of bringing a large pot of water to a boil or draining the veggies. (Cost for 4: $1.12)

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.

Also appeared in: All You, April, 2015

Ratings & Reviews


March 26, 2016
Quick, easy, delicious.  I used butter.

Delish! Quick and easy

June 03, 2017
I add some, a few dashes, Maggi (jugo) seasoning (found near soy sauce) to the butter, and they are THE best. 

Just alrighty

December 09, 2017


March 08, 2018
Wil make again

So flavorful!!

October 08, 2016
This recipe was just what I asked for! It was quick, easy and delicious. I followed the recipe just how it was written. I had several compliments and they couldn't believe how simple it was! It brought out the flavor of the green beans

Simplest and fastest green beans

December 20, 2016
Simple. Easy. Perfect. Didn't have any garlic, so this was the perfect alternative!