How to make delicious string beans super fast

June 3, 2014

How to make quick and delicious everyday String Beans | One Hungry Mama

In the winter I’m all about roasting veggies but, as the heat sets in, I lean on other easy ways to prep veggies. I started making string beans using this quick steam-and-sautee method last summer and, honestly, made them this way all through the winter. Though I love roasted string beans, the speed with which these string beans come together in combination with the great taste make this recipe a go-to that I just can’t stop making.

Give this method a try and let me know what you think. I have a feeling that you won’t be able to make string beans another way for a long time. And that’s okay.

You can make other veggies this way, too. I prefer the taste of roasted asparagus, but this works well if you want to add them to a quick meal. Same with carrots (halved or quartered lengthwise) or even broccoli and cauliflower.

Oh, and forgive the blurry photos. I told you: this is an everyday kind of preparation. The boys were hungry and waiting!

1. Wash and trim the string beans. Don’t worry about getting them dry.


How to make delicious string beans quickly | One Hungry Mama

2. Throw the beans into a frying pan that has a lid. Add enough water to just cover the bottom of the pan. Put the lid on and place over medium-high heat.

3. Steam beans until they are just tender and bright green, 2-5 minutes depending on how thick the beans are and how many you have in the pan.


How to make everyday Salt and Pepper String Beans | One Hungry Mama

4. Remove the pan from heat and carefully drain the water. Return the pan to medium-high heat with the beans still inside. Push the veggies to the perimeter of the pan and add a hunk of butter to the open center. The pan will still be hot, so the butter should begin melting instantly. As soon as it has completely melted, use tongs to toss the beans around, making sure to coat them evenly with butter. Season generously with salt and pepper.

5. Leave the beans on the heat for a few minutes longer, tossing occasionally, until they are tender all the way through and, if you like, charred in spots.


Best everyday String Bean recipe | One Hungry Mama

6. Remove from heat and serve immediately.


3 Responses

  1. Rosie says:

    This is the method I use for string beans too but with one, very tasty, variation. In lieu of the butter, I put a dollop of bacon fat into the pan instead, and follow that with a spoonful of grainy dijon mustard. Toss that together and serve. Delicious.

  2. One Hungry Mama says:

    Oh, Rosie – that sounds AMAZING! I don’t make bacon all that much, but you can be sure I’ll be saving my bacon fat for this when I do! Thanks for the suggestion!

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