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blanched green beans in a blue bowl

How to Blanch Green Beans

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooling time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A foolproof recipe for blanching green beans!


  • 1 pound green beans
  • Kosher salt


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, wash green beans then trim off stem end using a sharp knife or kitchen shears. Prepare an ice water bath in a large bowl.
  3. Heavily season water with kosher salt (at least a tablespoon.) Drop green beans into boiling water and cook until crisp-tender and vibrant in color, 3–5 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon or spider, immediately transfer green beans to ice water bath and let cool completely.


Buying: When buying green beans, make sure they are free of any dark spots, and are dry and crisp, not slimy or flimsy.

Storage: Store blanched green beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Freezing: For longer storage, freeze blanched green beans by arranging them in an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze green beans until solid then transfer to a resealable zipper-lock bag and store in the freezer for up to 9 months.


  • Serving Size: 4 ounces
  • Calories: 35
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 15mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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