Here’s how to blanch green beans to perfectly crisp tender! Blanching green beans is great for salads or to prep for freezing.

How to blanch green beans

Looking for the perfect bright green beans with crisp-tender texture? Here’s how to blanch green beans! Blanching is boiling vegetables for a few minutes until they’re crisp tender, which brings out their color and preserves a crisp tender texture. It’s ideal if you’re making a green bean salad, where you want beautifully bright beans and a tender crunch. It’s also the first step to freezing green beans, which is the best way to preserve them if you’ve got a garden haul.

The method: blanching

Blanching is a cooking method that involves boiling vegetables until they’re crisp tender, then plunging them into ice water to stop the cooking process. The ice water helps to keep the veggies colorful by locking in a beautifully bright green color. Blanching also stops enzyme activity that results in deteriorating the texture, color, and flavor of vegetables: making them last longer.

Blanching is a handy method can be used for many vegetables, like asparagus, broccoli and more. Use it as a step before freezing, or to cook green beans for a hearty main dish Nicoise Salad or a side like Green Bean Salad.

Blanching green beans

Trim the green beans first

The first step how to blanch green beans? Trimming them! You’ll need to trim off the stem ends of the green beans. You can also chop off both ends, if you like! We tend to like to keep the longer end for its elegant shape. Here’s what to do:

  • Line up a handful of beans in the same direction.
  • Use a chef’s knife to cut off just the stem end, or both ends of the green beans. Repeat with the remaining handfuls of beans.

How to blanch green beans (and how long)

Ready to get blanching? Here’s how to blanch green beans:

  • Prepare the water: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  • Trim the beans: Trim the green beans by snapping off or chopping off the ends.
  • How long to blanch green beans? Add the beans to the boiling water and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until just tender but still bright green (taste a bean to assess doneness).
  • Place in the ice bath. Right when the beans are tender, remove them from the boiling water with tongs and transfer them to the bowl of ice water. After 2 minutes, remove the beans to a colander to drain.
Blanched green beans

How to freeze green beans after blanching

Blanching green beans is the preparation step to freezing them! This is the best way to preserve summer garden produce. Here’s what to do:

  • Place the blanched green beans on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Freeze for 2 hours until solid. Then place the beans in a freezer safe container or storage bag.

Storage info

How long do blanched green beans last? Store them for 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator, stored in a sealed container. Or, freeze the beans for up to 6 months.

Ways to use blanched green beans

Blanched green beans are one of the most pleasant ways to eat this notoriously tough vegetable, in our opinion! The bean is easy to bite through with a silky texture: even better than sauteed. A few ways to use blanched green beans:

  • Bean salad: Add them to a simple Green Bean Salad with tomatoes and feta cheese.
  • Main dish salad: Hearty French Nicoise Salad is a classic way to use them.
  • Potato salad: Add them to a potato salad like Green Bean & Potato Salad with Dill.
  • Green salads: Use them to top a green salad like Summer Vegetable Salad.
  • Easy side dish: Throw the beans in a skillet with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper: they’ll be done in 2 minutes. Squeeze with lemon before serving!
Green bean salad

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How to blanch green beans

How to Blanch Green Beans


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x

Description

Here’s how to blanch green beans to perfectly crisp tender! Blanching green beans is great for salads or to prep for freezing.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  2. Trim the green beans by snapping off or chopping off the ends.
  3. Add the beans to the boiling water and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until just tender but still bright green (taste to assess doneness). Right when the beans are tender, remove them from the boiling water with tongs and transfer them to the bowl of ice water.
  4. After 2 minutes, remove the beans to a colander to drain. Use in recipes like Green Bean Salad or Nicoise Salad, or you can freeze them: place them on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze for 2 hours, then transfer to a sealed container or freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up to 6 months. 
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Blanching
  • Cuisine: Vegetable
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: How to blanch green beans, blanching green beans, blanch green beans, blanched green beans, how long to blanch green beans

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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