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!
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!
More Green Bean Recipes
- Parmesan Panko Baked Green Bean Fries are a unique (and deliciously snacky!) way to enjoy green beans.
- Homemade Green Bean Casserole, but make it dairy-free and vegan!
- Sautéed Green Beans with Smoky Shallots swap smoky caramelized shallots for the typical bacon you find in many green bean side recipes
- Garlicky Stewed Green Beans & Tomatoes – an oldie but goodie! I’ve always loved the holiday colors this one brings to the table.
Green Beans Almondine
- 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.