Baked beans are a quintessential comfort food dish. While they are often served straight from the can, heating canned baked beans brings out their flavors and textures. Here are two easy methods for cooking canned baked beans – on the stove top or in the microwave.

1. How To Cook Canned Baked Beans on Stove


  • 1 (15-ounce) can baked beans
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard (optional)


Dump the contents of the canned beans into a medium saucepan. You can leave the juice in or drain off some of the excess liquid first.

Stir in the brown sugar and dry mustard if using. The sugar will enhance the sweetness while the mustard adds a nice tang.

Cook the beans over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through and the sauce thickens, about 15-20 minutes.

Allow the beans to simmer uncovered so the sauce can reduce and intensify in flavor. Stir regularly to prevent sticking or scorching on the bottom of the pan.

Taste and adjust seasonings as needed before serving. For extra richness, you can stir in a splash of barbecue sauce, ketchup or molasses during the last 5 minutes of simmering.

Serve hot baked beans as a side dish or topping for burgers and dogs. Enjoy!

2. How To Cook Canned Baked Beans in Microwave


  • 1 (15-ounce) can baked beans
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup, barbecue sauce or molasses (optional)


Empty the contents of the canned beans into a microwave-safe dish, such as a small casserole dish or pie plate.

Stir in 2 tablespoons of your choice of ketchup, barbecue sauce or molasses if desired. This adds moisture and flavor.

Microwave the beans in 30-second intervals, stirring between each round, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes total.

The beans are ready when the sauce is bubbly and the flavors have blended. Take care not to overcook.

Top warmed baked beans with extra sauce, crispy bacon pieces or green onions for extra flavor and color.

Enjoy hot microwaved baked beans as an easy side or topping. Perfect for busy weeknights or portable lunches.

Both stove top and microwave methods allow you to take canned baked beans to the next level with minimal effort. Canned baked beans are already flavored and seasoned, so simple preparations let their hearty flavors really shine.

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