This ia a little different way to go about it and works especially well if your fresh beans are young and tender as were the ones I found yesterday at Wright's Berry Farm, a local farmers market.
Start by breaking the beans to whatever size you like then after rinsing well with tap water set them aside and bring a larger kettle to boil with about 2-3" of water. I add a little salt maybe 1/2 t. and a little vinegar, maybe 2 t.
I put about 4-5 C. ice in a large bowl and cover with tap water. By now everything is in place so I toss the beans into the boiling water and bring them back to boiling for 1-2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or spider remove the beans and deluge them directly into the ice water. They will turn a beautiful vibrant green.
Tomorrow shortly before serving time I will heat a couple of tablespoons of fat, (can be butter as the French would use or olive oil) till it is sizzling hot and toss in the beans and saute them for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve. I have sauted garlic and onion with the beans and shaken bit of red pepper flakes over it and I have sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds just prior to serving. It all works. It is just another way to serve them.