Green Beans Almondine is truly the easiest green bean side dish around. And I would say the “easy” part is the best part about them, if it wasn’t for the best part being actually eating it.

Tender garlicky green beans + the buttery crunch of toasted almonds = a match made in heaven. Easy, impressive, delicious.

About the Recipe

Also known as Green Beans Amandine (“amandine” is a French word meaning “a garnish of almonds” [source]), this recipe is simply blanched green beans, sautéed with butter-toasted almonds and garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper. And then served up like the queen-of-green-bean-sides it is. Done and done.

Green Beans Almondine Ingredients

So what goes into this simple green bean side? We’ve got:

  • Fresh green beans
  • Butter (or vegan butter – your choice)
  • Sliced almonds
  • Fresh garlic
  • Salt and pepper

That’s it! Simple.

Some Green Beans Almondine recipes call for lemon juice and/or lemon zest, but I tested these both ways, and found the lemon mostly superfluous. They were just as delicious sans lemon, and I’m all about keeping it as simple as possible. But if you’re a lemon lover, it won’t ever hurt to add a bit of zest and juice!

Make-Ahead Tip

I like to blanch my green beans ahead of time, so that it’s just a matter of toasting the almonds, cooking the garlic, tossing in the green beans and serving. Easy!

I hope you love this simple green bean side dish as much as we do!

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Green Beans Almondine

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Author: Kare
Yield: 4
Buttery almonds garnish garlicky green beans in this easy green bean side that's sure to impress.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans (ends trimmed, cut into approx. 4-inch pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Set a large pot full of water over high heat. When the water comes to a boil, add the trimmed green beans. While the beans are cooking, prepare a medium bowl filled about halfway with ice water. Cook the beans for 6 minutes, until vibrant green, then quickly transfer beans into the ice bath to stop them from cooking any longer.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the butter. When melted, add the almonds and cook, stirring frequently, for one minute.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for another minute. Increase the heat to medium and add the green beans and the 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the beans are heated through, 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired. Transfer to a platter to serve.


Make-ahead note:

You can par-boil the beans up to 3 days in advance; keep refrigerated until you’re ready to proceed with the skillet step of the recipe. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1g, Calories: 97kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 298mg, Potassium: 293mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 871IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 1mg

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