IS IT BETTER TO STEAM OR BOIL GREEN BEANS?
Whether you choose to steam or boil your green beans, the best cooking method for you is the one that matches your creative process. Steaming green beans is typically faster than boiling, allowing you more time to focus on the other elements of your recipe.
When you boil green beans, blanching is often recommended to help preserve the texture and rich green color of the vegetable. This process is more time-sensitive and requires a bit of focus, as you have to quickly move the beans from boiling water and into a bowl of ice water to create a temperature shock that stops the green beans from cooking further.
You may consider steaming your green beans if you’re in a hurry, have limited stovetop space, want to retain maximum nutritional value or hope to leverage microwave features like the Sensor Steam/Simmer Cook Cycle available on select KitchenAid® microwaves. If the aesthetics of your dish are at top of mind, consider blanching the beans to help preserve their vibrant green color.