Green beans can be boiled, steamed, microwaved or sauteed. The simplest method is boiling the fresh beans on the stove top.
When boiling green beans, start by washing the green beans. Then remove the ends and the strings, but leave the beans whole. The beans should be placed into a medium saucepan with enough salted water to cover them. Heat the water to boiling and cook the beans until they are crisp tender.
Steam green beans by firstwashing the beans and remove the ends and strings. Add water to the bottom of the steamer. Place green beans in the steamer tray. Heat until water boils and gives off steam. Continue to cook for about 22 minutes.
To microwave green beans, clean the beans and remove ends and strings. Place them into a microwave safe casserole dish with about 2 tablespoons of water. Cook them in the microwave at 100 percent power for up to 12 minutes. Stop the microwave halfway through cooking time to stir the green beans.
Clean the green beans and remove ends and strings. Before sauteing cooks should blanch the beans. Add a tablespoon of salt to a large saucepan of water. Heat to boiling. Add the green beans to the water and cook for 4 minutes. Remove and immediately plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Drain the blanched beans and add to the hot oil. Saute for four minutes, stirring constantly. Add salt and pepper. Remove and eat hot.