Frozen beans and other vegetables can be just as healthy, if not healthier than fresh. But how do you cook frozen green beans for best flavour and goodness?
There are a Few Ways you can Cook Frozen Green Beans
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Fresh beans and other vegetables aren’t necessarily healthier than beans that have been frozen as they start to lose their nutrients as soon as they have been harvested. Frozen beans are often snap-frozen fairly quickly after they have been harvested, preserving the nutrients. Once defrosted the nutrient loss is minimal.
On the other hand, fresh vegetables often have long travel periods to get to the supermarket from where it sits in the fridge for several days before it’s eaten. During this period the veggies will lose some of their nutrients.
If you struggle to finish fresh vegetables before they spoil, frozen can be a good option to help you reduce waste in the kitchen or follow a zero-waste regime at home. Reducing food waste is so important, especially if you’re hoping to help the planet while keeping your family healthy.
Should you Thaw Frozen Green Beans Before Cooking?
Generally thawing frozen green beans isn’t necessary. In most cases, they can be cooked from frozen. The only exception being sautéed beans. Here it’s best to boil them or run them under hot water before sautéing.
Note, as a rule of thumb serving size for green beans are around half a cup, but it’s low in calories so you can use more if you choose.
How to Boil Green Beans from Frozen
You can boil your green beans from frozen no need to defrost, saving you time and effort. Here are the steps to follow:
- Place the desired amount of beans, in a pan of boiling water. Add enough water to cover the beans
- Once boiling reduce to a simmer and leave for 2-3 mins
- Drain the water, season and serve with a knob of butter
How to Cook Frozen Green Beans in the Microwave
Microwaving frozen green beans are really easy and quick. Here are the steps:
- Place the desired amount of frozen green beans in a microwavable bowl with a lid slightly ajar, or if you have a microwave bowl with a vent leave the vent open
- Put on full power and cook for 3.5 – 4.5 mins
- Once done make sure your beans are piping hot and no longer frozen. Then drain the liquid, season and serve with a sprinkling of Italian hard cheese
How to Sauté Frozen Green Beans
If you’d like to cook your beans using a simple and delicious method then sautéed beans are a great idea.
- Boil the beans using the method described above for boiling first
- Then heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil, garlic and even onion in the pan
- If you’re using onion, cook until they become translucent and soft. Then add the beans and cook for a further 3-5 mins
- Season and serve
How to Oven Roast Frozen Green Beans
We love oven roasting veggies, this can easily be done from frozen, no need to defrost. Feel free to mix you green beans with other vegs such as onions and cherry tomatoes. Or if you choose to you can cook frozen green beans on their own.
- Pre-heat the oven to 200C / 180C Fan or Gasmark 6
- Rinse the desired amount of green beans under lukewarm water and pat dry
- Add the beans and other veggies in a roasting tray along with a drizzle of olive oil. Make sure it’s all are coated with the oil
- You can also add a garlic clove or two, onions and a few cherry tomatoes that are cut in half to the roasting tray (optional)
- Season with salt, pepper and a bit of rosemary.
- Cook in the oven for between 15 and 20 mins, checking and turning them halfway through the cooking process
- Once nicely roasted, but not burned remove from the oven and serve