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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


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


  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans


  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). French green beans or haricot verts take 3 to 4 minutes, since they’re thinner and more tender. If you’re blanching to freeze beans, boil for 2 minutes. Then immediately remove the beans 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. Pat them dry with a towel, place them on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze for 1 hour, then transfer to a sealed container or freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up 6 to 8 months. (See more at How to Freeze Green Beans.)
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Blanching
  • Cuisine: Vegetable
  • Diet: Vegan

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