Plain Green Beans (boiled or steamed)

I'm going basic with this because I know there are people who have never cooked green beans from scratch!  If you are a little scared of the fresh green beans this is for you!

Plain Green Beans (boiled or steamed)


  • Green Beans
  • 1/2 an onion
  • Water or broth
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Snap your beans (take off the ends and throw away, then break into bite size chunks)
  2. Chop in large pieces an onion (cut off the ends, cut in half, put half away for later, strip off a couple outside layers until it is fresh, then cut in wedges, then cut the other direction to make about 1/2 in pieces.)
  3. Put green beans in a frying pan
  4. Put onion in too
  5. Barely cover with water
  6. Add a generous bit of salt (1/2 tsp)
  7. bring to a fast boil
  8. Take off stove and drain when the onions and green beans have changed color and drain.
  9. If you want to steam them put the green beans in the steamer basket with the onions
  10. add a bit of water under
  11. add salt
  12. steam until the change of color.
  13. put pepper to taste right before serving.


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