Four Smart Ways on How to Cook Canned Green Beans

Many steers clear of using any ingredients that come from a can or a jar. While it is true that fresher ingredients are tastier and healthier, in general, there will be times when you won’t have much of a choice. Your supermarket may run out of fresh produce, or you might be pressed for time.

Whatever your reasons for using canned vegetables are, don’t feel too bad. As long as you follow the smart and proper preparation methods, you’ll end up with a delicious and healthy meal.

how to cook canned green beans seasoned sauteed green beans

Let’s take a closer look at canned green beans. Many hate this canned product, yet, with the recipes on how to cook canned green beans that we’ve lined up for you below, it’s easy to turn this into a love-hate relationship. Get ready to see these preserved goodies in a totally different light!

How to Cook Canned Green Beans: Seasoned & Sauteed Green Beans

For this recipe, treat your beans as if they are already cooked. Keep this in mind, and then proceed with these steps and ingredients.

You’ll need

How to Cook Canned Green Beans: Seasoned & Sauteed Green Beans

● 2 cans of green beans

● 1 onion, chopped

● 2 cloves of garlic, minced

● 1/2 cup olives, chopped

● 1 tbsp olive oil

● Salt and pepper, to taste

● 1 tsp lemon zest (optional, for flavor)

Instructions

1. Rinse the green beans thoroughly but not too roughly with water. Be sure to get rid of the liquid that came from the can.

2. In a pan, saute your onions with oil.

3. Once the onions take a translucent hue, add your olives. Stir.

4. Add the garlic and lemon zest (if using). Mix well.

5. Add the green beans and stir well.

6. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Serve and enjoy!

With this recipe, you can any other herbs or spices as you want. You won’t realize that you’re eating canned green beans!

How to Cook Canned Green Beans: Simple Buttered Green Peas Recipe

You can also use this recipe for frozen green peas.

How to Cook Canned Green Beans: Simple Buttered Green Peas Recipe

You’ll need

● 1 can green beans

● 1 tsp margarine or butter

● 1 tbsp parmesan cheese

● Thyme, to taste

Instructions

1. Pour contents of entire can into a pot and cook over heat.

2. Once done, drain the liquid from the can.

3. Brush some butter or margarine at the bottom of your serving dish or bowl.

4. Transfer the drained green beans onto the serving dish. Stir a little to let the butter melt.

5. Top with parmesan and thyme.

6. Serve.

How to Cook Canned Green Beans: Green Beans with Chicken Bouillon

You’ll need:

How to Cook Canned Green Beans: Green Beans with Chicken Bouillon

● 2 cans green beans

● 1 tbsp butter

● 1 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon granules

● 1 tbsp onions, minced and dried

● Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

1. Drain the liquid from the cans.

2. Rinse the green beans using cold tap water.

3. Pour the beans into a saucepan. Add water until the beans are barely covered.

4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the saucepan.

5. Bring to a boil. Maintain heat for 1 minute.

6. Lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

7. Transfer to serving dish or bowl.

8. Enjoy!

How to Cook Canned Green Beans: Green Beans & Bacon!

This recipe will give you a dish that tastes as if you picked the green beans fresh from your own garden!

You’ll need

● 1 can green beans

● 1/2 pack frozen green beans

● 2 bacon strips

● 3 tbsp butter

● Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

How to Cook Canned Green Beans: Green Beans & Bacon!

1. Place bacon in a pan and fry until halfway cooked.

2. Add frozen and canned green beans. Include the liquid from the can.

3. Let this boil for about 5 minutes.

4. Lower your heat and let it simmer for another 10 minutes. Check and stir regularly.

5. Add some water if it gets too dry.

6. Add the butter and season with salt and pepper. You can use other spices of your choice, too.

7. When the beans have gotten soft and changed color, the dish is ready to serve.

8. Transfer to a plate or bowl.

9. Enjoy!

Bonus: How to Cook Canned Green Beans with Frozen Green Beans

Frozen green beans are able to keep a lot of their inherent nutritional value. When you mix them with canned green beans (including the liquids), you allow them to cook with the required water. This opens up a lot of room for experimentation if you love discovering stuff out in the kitchen.

You’ll soon notice that this liquid actually works well to your advantage, flavor-wise. You get a much richer taste. And if you use it with various spices, you can explore varying layers of flavors.

When you mix canned and frozen green beans, you’ll see that they will end up with a similar color and texture towards the end of cooking. Keep cooking the beans as long as there is water - until you feel like you’re almost frying them. Stir them every now and then to prevent sticking to the pan (especially when there is very little water left in the pan).

If you’re looking for a great way to experience more taste to your frozen or canned green beans (or both!) then adding the liquid to the mix is the way to go.

Feel free to experiment with your own unique recipes using canned green beans - as well as other canned fruits and vegetables. Don’t look down on these humble ingredients until you’ve discovered how delicious and versatile they can be.

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