How to Cook Runner Beans Quickly and Easily

how to cook runner beans easilyRunner beans are flexible, easy to grow and cook vegetables that sadly do not get the recognition they deserve.  How to cook runner beans covers the basics of how to boil, steam, microwave your runner beans.

You can also add them to soups, stews, and rice dishes etc.

If you prefer you can also add them to soups, stews, and rice dishes etc.

They are a great addition to any freezer for a quick and easy meal and healthy food sources.

How to Cook Runner Beans

Cooking runner beans from the garden isn’t really any different than cooking them from the shops except that you may need a little more preparation. There is nothing quite like newly picked fresh runner beans from your own garden. Just remember not to let them get too big or they become tough and stringy.

Prepare Your Runner Beans for Cooking

If you have fresh uncut runner beans you need to make them ready for cooking.

  1. Wash them in cold water. Make sure you get any debris off of them.
  2. Check for any damage or holes. Cast to one side or cut open to check and use part of bean
  3. top and tail your beans, simply trim each end off.
  4. If you have strings down the sides remove them. If you have stringless beans you should be OK if you haven’t left them too long.
  5. slice your beans an angle this give you long beans and allows yu to double check they are OK inside
  6. Pop your beans into water ready to cook or blanch.

The Runner Bean Cook Book

How to Cook Your Beans on the Hob

Cooking your runner beans on the hob couldn’t be easier. You can either boil of steam them

Boil on the Hob

  1. Preheat your hob to a medium heat.
  2. Put your pre-prepared runner beans into a saucepan and cover with boiling water.
  3. Add salt if you prefer.
  4. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 3 to 4 minutes or until they are tender.
  5. Remove from the heat, drain the water and serve immediately.

Steam on the Hob

I love to steam my veg when I am cooking other things like potatoes below. I have a steamer like the one below. Steaming is easier, can be cheaper than using a separate ring and the beans don’t feel as saturated with water as boiling, it really depends on how you cook and your preferences.

  1. Prepare your runner beans.
  2. Preheat your hob.
  3. Put boiling water into the base of your steamer or saucepan if you are using a steamer basket.
  4. Place your runner beans into the next pan up.
  5. Allow cooking via steam through the holes.
  6. They should take between 3 and 5 minutes to cook.
  7. When they are cooked to how you like them, remove them carefully avoiding the steam, from the heat and serve.

Stainless Steel 3 Piece Steamer Set 22cm

 Cook Your Runner Beans in a Microwave for Ease

These instructions are for fresh beans.  If you have frozen simply follow the instructions on the packet or allow extra time for garden frozen beans.

  1. Prepare your runner beans as normal.
  2. Place them into a microwavable dish with a lid and an open vent.
  3. Add water to cover the beans.
  4. Place on lid check vent is open.
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes. The time depends on how well cooked you like your beans.
  6. Remove and drain and the beans are ready to serve.

You can also steam your beans in a microwave steamer they will be less squeaky.