Are you looking for an incredible side dish? Have you tried fresh green beans grilled in foil? It’s one of the best ways to cook your green beans paired with bacon, garlic, parsley, onion, thyme, or almonds.
Should you blanch green beans before grilling?Whether to blanch or cook your green beans raw is a personal choice. Blanching aims to cook to quickly pre-cook green beans and tender them before going on the grill. However, even raw grilled green beans in foil packets end up crispy and tender. This article looks into making perfect grilled green beans in foil packets.
What Do You Need to Make Grilled Green Beans?
Below is a list of everything you need to make grilled green beans in foil packets:
Fresh green beans
Garlic powder or fresh diced garlic cloves
Extra virgin olive oil
Herbs (your favorite)
Grounded black pepper
Heavy-duty aluminum foil
An electric indoor grill
How to Grill Green Beans
Grilling green beans in aluminum foil is pretty straightforward. Below is a step-by-step process of cooking green beans on an electric grill.
A. Prepare your green beans
First, you need to prepare your green beans by cleaning them with fresh water.
Then cut the stems (top) and the sharp end (tail) on the green beans on a chopping board.
If you have fresh garlic, cut it into small dice.
B. Preheat your electric grill
Before making foil packets for green beans, you may switch on your indoor electric grill to preheat for about 10 minutes.
Ensure you attain a temperature of about 350 degrees F before you start cooking the grill.
C. Make foil packets
Cut an aluminum foil piece that is about 12-15 inches long. Lay it on a flat surface. If you have lots of green beans, you’ll have to make many foil packets. Additionally, you may opt to make packets with two layers of aluminum foil.
Then place your green beans on the center of the foil pieces. Finally, add extra virgin oil to the beans.
Also, add garlic powder, grounded pepper, salt, and herbs to green beans.
The next step entails folding the foil to make pockets. Bring both long sides of the foil to the center, followed by the other two sides. You’ll end up with a foil pack holding your green beans and ready to start grilling.
D. Cook the green beans in a foil packet over a preheated electric grill
Once you have your foil packets ready and preheated grill, it’s time to cook.
Place your foil pocket(s) on the grill to cook for about 15-20 minutes over medium heat. However, you should flip the foil packets from time to time (after 5 minutes) to ensure both sides cook evenly.
E. Remove and serve
Once you check your grilled green beans and notice they’re tender, it means they’re cooked. Therefore, you should remove the foil packet from the grill.
Let the packet rest for about 2 minutes. Then carefully open it and allow steam to evaporate. Lastly, serve.
a) How do you get the bitterness out of green beans?
You can utilize several techniques/ methods to get the bitterness out of green beans. They include: braising, adding strong-flavored ingredients, blanching, or using salt.
b) Is it necessary to cut the ends of fresh green beans?
Yes, it’s essential to cut the ends (top &tail) of green beans. It’s because those parts are tough even after cooking. However, the top and tail of young green beans (harvested before maturity) are tender and edible.
c) What should fresh green beans look like?
Fresh green beans are brightly colored green, and when bent, they snap apart. So if you notice signs of yellowish or brownish spots and withered tips, those green beans aren’t fresh. Also, avoid green beans that are too large since they tend to be tough.