In the middle of the shopping, I happened to happen across some amazing and fresh green beans that were also on sale. I had to purchase them.

I love the lemon butter treatment for my green beans.

It’s the creamy butter accompanied with the bright freshness of lemon that is the perfect match for these tender, crispy green beans. It is truly a side dish that goes well with anything.

Make sure to learn how to prepare this recipe, so that you will be able to eat it regularly.

Remember to learn this dish and make it for your whole family, and don’t forget to let Apronese know the results

Lemon Butter Steamed Green Beans

Here’s the recipe I used for my Easy Thanksgiving Dinner for Beginners meal plan.

Green Beans “Perfect”

To make these green beans so good, you must avoid overcooking them to perfection.

Generally, it is important to make sure that they still have a bit of a “tooth” to them, while retaining the raw flavor.

The beans should be a bright vibrant green rather than a dull olive color.

This is how you cook vegetables correctly.

How Long Should Green Beans Be Steamed For?

I would recommend that you keep an eye on this and check it regularly as the total cooking time will vary quite a bit depending on the size of the green beans, the type of cooking vessel you’re using, and other factors, so you should keep this in mind when you begin cooking the green beans.

I usually have to steam my green beans for about three minutes once the water starts boiling.

They go really fast when you do that.

How Long Should Green Beans Be Steamed For

Is a Steaming Basket Necessary?

While using a steaming basket can help, I do not bother using it anymore. I use a skillet with a little water and then place my green beans right in the water.

They kind of steam and then half boil the beans.

Having said that, it does not matter if you cook them in water or just above it, as long as you do not overcook them.

As long as you do not overcook them, it will not matter how much they are actually in.

Sauce Lemon Butter Sauce on Other Vegetables.

Adding lemon butter to other vegetables can also be quite useful.

Try it on broccoli, asparagus, kale, peas, and carrots, and we guarantee that you will be satisfied with the results.

Green Beans with Lemon Butter

The perfect all-purpose vegetable side dish, Lemon Butter Green Beans are the kind of dish you can make for any occasion.

With only five ingredients, this recipe is ultra-easy.

Author: Beth

Prep Time: 10 mins / Cook Time: 7 mins / Total: 17 mins

Servings: 4


  • 1 lb green beans ($0.98)
  • 1 tbsp butter ( $0.09)
  • 1 lemon ($0.59)
  • Salt and Freshly Cracked Pepper to taste ($0.05)


  • You can remove the thin layer of yellow zest from the lemon using a microplane, zester, or small-holed cheese grater. You can set the zest aside. You can also snap the green beans in half and place them in a colander and rinse them well with cool water, then set the zest aside. Remove the stems from the green beans and set the zest aside.
  • Put the rinsed green beans in a deep skillet, and add one inch of fresh water to the beans (the water will not cover them). Cover the skillet with a lid and turn the flame on high. Put the water on high heat and allow the beans to come to a boil. The beans should simmer and steam for 3 to 5 minutes until they are bright green and just slightly tender. Use a fork to check the consistency.
  • Turn off the heat and drain the green beans in the colander once they are bright green and slightly tender. Return the drained green beans to the still-warm skillet with the heat turned off after draining and returning the drained green beans to the skillet.
  • Into a bowl, place the green beans, the butter, a pinch of salt and freshly cracked pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice about 1/2 teaspoon, a pinch of lemon zest, about 1/4 teaspoon of zest from the lemon and a squeeze of lemon zest. Toss the green beans in the butter to distribute the seasonings, and allow the residual warmth to melt the butter.
  • It is suggested that after the butter has melted completely, you taste the green beans and add salt, pepper, lemon juice, or lemon zest to suit your tastes. Serve them immediately after the butter has melted.


Serving: 1 Serving ・ Calories: 150.2 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 22.1 g ・ Protein: 4.43 g ・ Fat: 5.98 g ・ Sodium: 1270.45 mg ・ Fiber: 6.73 g

The nutritional values shown here are only estimates. Please see our nutrition disclaimer.

Lemon Butter Green Beans: How to Make Them – Step-by-Step Photos

Zested Lemon

It is easiest to remove the thin layer of yellow zest from the lemon by using a microplane, zester, or a small-holed cheese grater. Set the zest aside for a moment.

Rinsed fresh green beans in a colander

It is advisable to remove the stems and leaves from one pound of fresh green beans before drying them.

If you prefer smaller pieces, then you can cut each bean in half, then rinse the beans in cool water and put them back in the colander.

Add one inch of water to a skillet full of fresh green beans

I like to add about an inch of water to the green beans that have been washed, and the beans should not be covered in water as the water is just to generate steam.

I would recommend using a steaming basket, but I don’t think it’s necessary.

This is just about the right amount of time to cook them.

During the cooking process, the beans at the bottom, which are actually in water, are not cooked any more than the beans at the top, which are only steaming.

Green beans in the skillet with steam on the lid

Then, place the skillet on the stovetop and place it over a medium-high flame, and then let the water come to a boil; once it has reached a boiling point, continue cooking the beans in the skillet until they are bright green and just barely tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.

A fork testing the texture of the green beans

For a good feel of the texture, use a fork. They should still have a bit of crunch even though they are slightly softer than fresh beans.

Don’t overcook them at this stage since they will continue to cook from the residual heat. The color should be bright green.

You need to be careful not to over cook the beans here. If your beans are a dull olive color, they have probably been overcooked.

Add Butter, Salt, Pepper, and Lemon Zest to the green beans

When you have finished cooking the beans, drain them and put them back in the skillet without turning on the heat.

You will need to make sure the beans and skillet are still quite warm, and then add 1 Tbsp butter, half a teaspoon of lemon zest, about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and salt and freshly cracked pepper to the dish.

Toss beans to Coat in butter and lemon

The butter will melt if it is allowed to simmer for a short period of time after the beans have been tossed, distributing the seasoning.

If they are not spicy enough for you, you may add more lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, or pepper to the Lemon Butter Green Beans.

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In addition, Apronese believes that the chicken you see on the plates is actually part of a rotisserie chicken that I impulse bought, so I do apologize, but I do not have a recipe for that particular chicken.

However, I have a recipe for Oven Roasted Chicken Legs that I think you will enjoy.