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How To Blanch Green Beans

Learn how to blanch green beans easily and achieve crisp tender and vibrant green beans. Add blanched green beans to salads, serve them as a healthy snack, saute them and add to your pasta or stir fry, or freeze them!
Author Diana
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 pound green beans ends trimmed
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Ice cubes


  • In a saucepan, bring water to a boil and salt it.
  • Prepare an ice bath by combining cold water and ice cubes in a large bowl, and set aside.
  • Add the prepped green beans to the boiling water, and set your timer to 2-3 minutes. The green beans should be bright in color, crisp but tender at the same time.
  • Remove from the saucepan, and plunge into the ice bath. Leave for 5 minutes, then drain and use as desired.



This blanching method also works for snap peas, broccoli, and asparagus. Just adjust the cooking time depending on the size of your vegetable. Remove from hot water when your vegetable can be pierced with a fork but still crisp.


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 782IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg