Canned green beans are a convenient and nutritious addition to any meal. While canned beans are already cooked, but you still should heat them up to bring out more flavor. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook canned green beans on the stove or in the microwave.

1. Are Canned Green Beans Already Cooked?

Before diving into the cooking process, it’s important to understand that canned green beans are indeed already cooked during the canning process. This means they’re safe to eat right out of the can, making them a quick and easy addition to salads or as a side dish in a pinch.

However, heating canned green beans can enhance their flavor and texture, making them a more appealing accompaniment to your meal. By following the steps outlined below, you can elevate the taste of canned green beans and create a delicious side dish that’s sure to please.

2. How To Cook Canned Green Beans on Stove


  • 1 (14.5 oz) can green beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Minced garlic, onion, herbs


Drain the canned green beans in a colander and rinse under cool water. Shake off any excess water.

Heat olive oil or butter in a skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the drained green beans. Spread into an even layer.

Let the beans cook without stirring for 2-3 minutes until starting to brown. Then stir and continue cooking another 1-2 minutes.

Remove pan from heat. Season beans with salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings like garlic, onion, or herbs.

Serve beans warm as a side dish.

3. How To Cook Canned Green Beans in Microwave


  • 1 (14.5 oz) can green beans, drained
  • 1 tbsp water or broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Drain the canned beans in a colander and rinse under water.

Place beans in a microwave-safe dish. Add 1 tablespoon water or broth and stir to evenly distribute.

Microwave the beans on high for 2-3 minutes, stopping to stir every minute. The beans should be hot with a bit of liquid in the bottom.

Carefully remove dish from microwave. Season beans with salt and pepper.

Let stand 1-2 minutes before serving. The beans will continue cooking from residual heat.

Canned green beans are an easy starting point for making quick and healthy meals. Follow these stovetop or microwave steps to take basic canned green beans up a notch in taste and texture.

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