Tender green beans paired with butter, garlic, lemon juice, and toasty slivered almonds. This Green Beans Almondine is a delicious side dish with any meal.
What is Green Beans Almondine?
Almondine, or amandine, is a French term that means almond garnish. Green Beans Almondine is a green bean side dish cooked with garlic and or shallots and then tossed and topped with toasted almonds. This is a classic green bean recipe around the holidays, in addition to Green Bean Casserole
Recipe ingredients and notes:
- Green Beans – It’s traditional to use french green beans (haricot vert) as they’re more tender and thinner. You can also use regular green beans.
- Olive Oil – With testing, this dish benefits greatly from oil. It just didn’t result in a comparable flavor oil free.
- Raw Sliced Almonds – Do not use roasted almonds for this recipe.
- Garlic – You can use some sliced shallots to add even more flavor.
- Lemon Juice – We recommend using fresh lemon juice. You could also use a bit of the zest.
- Salt – We use salt in the water and a bit of salt when finishing to taste.
- Pepper – Fresh cracked pepper adds good flavor.
For the full ingredient amount and full instructions on how to make green beans almondine see the recipe card below.
Blanch the green beans in a bit of salty water in a saucepan, do not overcook.
Bring a saucepan full of water to a boil with a bit of salt. Transfer immediately to an ice water bath to shock the green beans. This helps them keep their bright green color.
Next, heat a skillet with the olive oil and saute the sliced almonds for 2 minutes and then add in the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring as needed.
Drain the green beans from the ice water bath and add them to the skillet with the almonds. Saute for about a minute, and then sprinkle with the lemon juice.
Toss it all together and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe Tips and Alterations:
- Don’t like green beans? Try this with broccoli or even asparagus.
- Add more flavor by using fresh herbs as a garnish.
- Don’t like garlic? Use sliced shallots.
- Prep ahead by making the green beans in advance.
Storage and reheating tips:
- Refrigerate: Store any leftover green beans almondine in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and enjoy it within 3 days.
- Reheat: Reheat leftovers on the stovetop until the green beans are warm throughout.
How to serve:
We love serving with a main course and Mashed Potatoes.
Frequently asked questions
In a pinch, yes, but it wouldn’t have the same texture as fresh.
Yes, you can add shallots, broccoli, asparagus, or carrots, but it will change the flavor and branch off from the classic green bean almondine.
Green Beans Almondine
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- 1 lb green beans trimmed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds raw
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bring a saucepan full of water to a boil with a bit of salt.
- Blanch the green beans for about 3-5 minutes, stirring as needed. Don't overcook. Once they're almost done, transfer them to a bowl full of cold water with ice to shock them.
- Heat a large skillet with the oil on medium-low heat. Add in the sliced almonds. Saute the almonds stirring while cooking, for about 2 minutes. Now reduce to low heat and then add the minced garlic. Saute for another 2 minutes while stirring the mixture.
- Drain the green beans and then add them to the skillet. Saute for another minute while stirring the almonds and green beans together. Add the lemon juice plus salt and pepper to taste. Toss and serve.
The nutritional information is automatically calculated and can vary based ingredients and products used. If the nutrition numbers are important for you we recommend calculating them yourself.
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