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Easy Green Beans Almondine Recipe

This green beans almondine recipe is a fantastic dish everyone can enjoy. It takes simple green beans and elevates them with buttery almonds, creating a delicious and satisfying side dish perfect for any occasion.

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green beans with almonds on a plate

Almond green beans are a simple and delightful addition to any holiday meal, whether Thanksgiving or a festive Christmas dinner. 

What makes this easy side dish truly shine is its simplicity. Easily transform a handful of ingredients into a beautiful addition to any casual or holiday meal.

One of the most appealing aspects of this green beans almondine recipe is its versatility. It pairs effortlessly with various main dishes, adding a simple yet vibrant touch of green and a satisfying crunch to your plate.

With string beans almondine, you can create a delicious and nutritious side dish without spending hours in the kitchen!

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ingredients to make green beans almondine

How to make Green Bean Almondine

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Place a large skillet with high sides over medium heat, then add the olive oil and heat until it shimmers.

STEP TWO: Once the oil is warm, add the green beans and give them a toss. Season with some salt, then cover the skillet and let the beans cook for 2 minutes until crisp-tender.

skillet with fresh green beans

STEP THREE: Transfer the beans to a plate and set them to the side. In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. There’s no need to clean the skillet between steps.

STEP FOUR: Toss in the sliced almonds and stir. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes or until they start to turn brown.

cooking almonds in a skillet

STEP FIVE: Add the minced garlic and saute the slivered almonds with garlic for one more minute. Then, add the green beans back to the pan.

STEP SIX: Toss garlic, green beans, and almonds together and cook for a couple of minutes until everything is evenly warmed.

green beans and almonds in a pan

STEP SEVEN: Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the almond green beans and toss everything. Serve immediately or keep it warm in a 200-degree F oven for up to 45 minutes.

Tips to Make the Best Green Beans Almondine Recipe

  • Use a lid while cooking the green beans to trap steam, which helps them cook evenly and stay tender.
  • Watch the almonds closely as they toast. A golden-brown color and sweet, nutty fragrance mean they’re toasted to perfection.
  • If you prefer, you can make blanched green beans in advance, then proceed with the green beans almondine recipe as directed. 
  • Use fresh green beans and good-quality almonds to ensure the best taste and texture in your green beans amandine.

What to Serve with This Recipe

plate with ready to serve almondine

Can I Make Green Beans Almondine Ahead of Time?

Sure thing! This recipe for green beans almondine is so easy to make ahead of time, plus it’s a real time-saver for meal prep. To keep the best flavor, I recommend making this dish just one day ahead.

After cooking the green beans and almonds, let them cool. Then, pop them into an airtight container and stick them in the fridge. 

When you’re ready to enjoy your almond green beans, warm them in the oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes. If you’re short on time, it’s totally fine to heat them up in the microwave for 30 seconds or warm them on the stovetop over low to medium heat. 

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Variations to Make This String Beans Almondine

  • String beans almondine tastes absolutely delicious with a touch of crumbled bacon — plus, it adds some protein!
  • Replace almonds with roasted or toasted hazelnuts. The flavor adds a unique nutty depth and richness to green beans amandine. 
  • You can also use haricot verts (also known as French green beans) instead of traditional green beans. They’re known to be thinner, more tender, and more flavorful. 
  • Add shallots or caramelized onions to introduce a sweet and savory depth of flavor. It’s a delicious twist that’s worth trying!
  • For an extra nutty flavor and crunch, crush up some extra nuts and use them as an almond garnish. 

Can I Use Frozen Green Beans Instead of Fresh Green Beans?

While fresh green beans are perfect for this recipe for green beans almondine, frozen green beans can certainly be used. Just make sure to follow the instructions on the package and adapt the cooking time depending on what it says.

It’s worth mentioning that frozen green beans might have a slightly different texture. If you’re aiming for that crisp “snap” and bright green color of fresh green beans, then fresh ones are the best choice.

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Yield: 4 servings

Easy Green Beans Almondine Recipe

plate with ready to serve almondine

Easy green beans almondine is a show stopping side dish that is great for busy weeknights, holidays, and potlucks!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup raw sliced almonds
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large high-sided skillet set over medium heat. 
  2. When the oil is warm, add the green beans and toss to combine. Season with a generous pinch of salt (about ½ teaspoon). Place a lid on the skillet and allow the beans to cook for 2 minutes. 
  3. Remove the beans to a plate and set them aside. 
  4. In the same skillet (no need to clean it), melt the butter over medium heat. 
  5. Add the almonds and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until they are just beginning to brown. 
  6. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. 
  7. Add the green beans back to the pan and toss to combine. Cook for an additional minute, just to re-warm the beans. 
  8. Squeeze over the fresh lemon juice and toss to combine. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200F oven for up to 45 minutes.
  9. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. 

Notes

How to Reheat Green Beans with Almonds:

Oven method:

1. Heat in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until hot.

Stovetop method:

1. Saute in a skillet over medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes or until heated thoroughly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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