How to Steam Green Beans
Steaming is one of the healthiest methods of cooking vegetables, and learning how to steam green beans will provide a side dish that can be paired with almost any meal.

Steaming is considered nutritionally superior to other cooking methods for a number of reasons. First, no fat is needed--steam keeps the vegetables moist and eventually makes them tender. Also, the nutrients stay in the beans during steaming as opposed to leaching into the water when boiled.

Nowadays, high-quality steamers are often a common part of cookware sets, but any metal or bamboo version will do, as long as it fits in the pot without touching the water. (You can pick up the metal basket kind at the supermarket for around $5.) There are even some microwave ovens that have models.

Fresh green beans beat canned any day, both in nutritional value and taste. Because of their high fiber content, green beans are known to help lower cholesterol. The vegetable is also full of vitamins K, C and A as well as manganese.

Transcript
-Hi everyone, I'm Judith. Well today, we'll be making green beans with onion and bacon, a fantastic side dish to any entree. So, what you'll need is 8 ounces of bacon, chopped into 1 inch pieces; half an onion, sliced thinly; 3 tablespoons of sugar; half a teaspoon of kosher salt; 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper; and 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar; and of course 12 ounces of green beans. So, in our skillet next to us, let's get our bacon in there. So, we wanna get our bacon nice and crisp. So, we'll saute those until they are brown and crisp. So, our bacon is nicely brown and crispy now. So, we can just transfer that to a plate, but reserve the fats in the skillet. We wanna be using that to cook the rest of our ingredients. Smelling good in here, that's the show, fantastic. So, we can just sit that aside for the moment. Now, in our skillet, with that fat, bacon fat, we're gonna add in our onion, and those slices to just break apart easily. So, the onions are in the skillet and to that we're gonna add our sugar, our black pepper and salt, and our apple cider vinegar goes in there too. Now, on a medium heat, we're gonna let that get nice and tender, soft and tender. So, our onions are nice and tender. There's a beautiful color to them. So, we're just gonna turn that off, transfer them now into a bowl. How amazing to salad just like this. Now, we have steamed our green beans to get a nice tender, and we're gonna add it to our onion-bacon mix, and that can almost be like a salad in itself, but I like to serve it as a side dish with some meat or chicken or, you know, thanksgiving party too. Alright, so that's in there. We're gonna put through our steamed green beans too, and then add in this wonderful crispy bacon bits. What a fantastic combination, alright. We'll give that a good stir. Get all those flavors winning each other, and that is it, quick simple, you got some lovely beautiful textures in there with the crispiness of the bacon, then nice crunch from your green beans, and that beautiful tenderness from the onions. So, there you go everyone, that's how you make green beans with onions and bacon.
What You'll Need
  • 8   ounces bacon, chopped into 1 inch pieces

  • 1/2  onion, sliced thinly

  • 3   tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2  teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4  teaspoon black pepper

  • 3   tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 12   ounces green beans


Step By Step
1
Cook bacon until crisp in skillet, drain bacon, and set aside, reserving bacon grease.
2
In skillet with bacon grease, saute onions with sugar, salt, pepper, and apple cider vinegar until tender. Set aside.
3
Steam or blanch green beans until tender, and toss with onion mixture and reserved bacon pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature.


More Recipes
Try this green beans recipe from Betty Crocker.
Bacon lends a smoky note to this colorful medley of carrots and green beans.
Add interest to plain green beans with this simple low carb side dish.
Baby carrots and fresh green beans make an attractive side dish.
Bake up a cheesy cousin to favorite Green Bean Casserole.
Haricots vert are tiny and tender green beans. If you can't find them, regular-size green beans will work in this easy vegetable soup recipe.
This expanded version of traditional Green Bean Casserole is sure to satisfy any crowd with its flavorful combination of cream of mushroom soup, green beans, milk, seasonings and crispy French fried onions.
You can always just open up a can of green beans and heat 'em up on the stove, but why not create something special, using fresh green beans and a few simple ingredients.
Garlic, hazelnuts, and lime combine with green beans in this savory side dish recipe. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any other occasion.
Green beans drizzled with lemon juice and topped with almonds are a quick-to-fix side dish.
Fresh green beans are the star of this salad recipe that's flavored with a simple lime-flavored dressing.
It's easy to dress up frozen green beans by adding colorful carrots and smoky bacon.
With a slimmed-down white sauce, this creamy green bean casserole side dish recipe is low in fat and sodium.
With new potatoes, purple potatoes and green beans, this salad makes a colorful sensation at cookouts and potlucks.
Shallots, teriyaki sauce, and almonds flavor frozen green beans in this simple side dish. These also make a tasty snack.

shop our favorite products