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I love simple green bean recipes like sauteed green beans or roasted green beans, but when I need something more elegant, this green beans almondine recipe is my go-to choice! Made with garlic, lemon, and (of course) almonds, it is a simple and tasty side dish that works with just about any main. My fave pairing is a filet mignon for a special meal, but it comes together in just 10 minutes, so it’s also perfect for casual busy nights.
The American term “green beans almondine” is actually known as “green beans amandine” in French, which simply means green beans with almonds. This type of topping is also common for fish, and is sometimes even used for asparagus or potatoes.
Why You’ll Love Green Beans Almondine
- Tender green beans with crisp almonds
- Rich, buttery flavor
- Just 6 ingredients, plus salt and pepper
- Takes just 10 minutes
- Faster and easier than roasted veggies
- Versatile side to any main dish
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose ingredients for the best green bean almondine recipe, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Fresh Green Beans – Trim the ends, or sometimes bagged green beans are already pre-trimmed. You can also substitute haricots verts (French green beans) if you like.
- Olive Oil – For sauteing the green beans. Use an extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor, but regular olive oil or avocado oil will also work.
- Butter – I used unsalted butter to toast the almonds for extra flavor. You could just do this in a dry pan and add a little more olive oil before adding the garlic.
- Garlic – Fresh garlic has the best flavor, but I often use 1 teaspoon of jarred minced garlic for convenience. In a pinch, you could just season the green beans with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder instead.
- Almonds – You can use sliced or slivered almonds.
- Lemon Juice – I recommend fresh lemon juice, plus more lemon wedges for serving.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper
How To Make Green Beans Almondine
This section shows how to cook green beans almondine, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Cook the green beans. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add green beans. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until bright green and crisp tender. Remove to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
- Toast the almonds. Melt butter in the same pan, then add sliced almonds and cook until golden.
- Saute the garlic. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Stir in the lemon juice.
- Combine. Return the green beans to the pan and toss to coat in garlic lemon butter. Heat green beans almondine just until hot.
The above is all you need for this classic green beans almondine dish, but if you want to change it up, consider these add-ins:
- Bacon – Everything’s better with bacon! For green beans almondine with bacon, pan fry bacon, then cook beans in the grease. Or, if you have a cooked batch on hand from baking bacon, you can just chop and throw it in at the end.
- Shallots – Saute some shallots along with the garlic for extra flavor.
- Lemon zest – If you love lemon flavor, add a teaspoon of lemon zest in addition to the lemon juice.
- Store: Keep leftover green beans with almonds in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- Meal Prep: Green beans almondine is best made fresh, but you can prep a few things ahead of time to help it come together even faster: Trim the beans, slice the almonds, and mince the garlic.
- Reheat: For best results, warm green beans in a skillet over medium heat. Be careful not to overcook, or they’ll get mushy. The microwave is okay, but they lose their crisp texture.
- Freeze: Transfer to a freezer-safe bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
What To Serve With Green Beans Almondine
Looking for more ideas to serve with this 10-minute side? Try any of my healthy dinner recipes, or choose one of my favorite pairings:
- Beef – Like I said above, this dish is absolutely perfect with filet mignon, but you can also serve this side with a classic sirloin steak or a stunning sirloin tip roast.
- Pork Chops – For a quick and easy weeknight dinner, whip up some air fryer pork chops, or do everything on the stovetop and make pan seared boneless pork chops.
- Fish – My favorite elegant fish dinner for this side is parmesan crusted tilapia, but you can’t go wrong with regular baked tilapia, simple baked flounder, or even nut-crusted baked haddock.
- Chicken – The hints of lemon in this green beans almondine recipe pair beautifully with lemon garlic chicken or spinach stuffed chicken breast, but many of my other chicken recipes would also work well.
- Other French Sides – Complete your meal with a French carrot salad or some elegant chicken liver pate.
More Easy Elegant Side Dishes
Looking for more side dish ideas that are easy but look special? I’ve got more:
- Large Skillet – My go-to pan for green beans and so many other things. I love the heavy bottom on this one, so everything cooks evenly.
Green Beans Almondine
Green Beans Almondine
This easy green beans almondine recipe is garlicky, lemony and packed with crunchy almonds! Make it with just 6 ingredients in 10 minutes.
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Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the green beans. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 4-5 minutes, until bright green and crisp tender. Remove to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
Reduce heat to low. Add the butter to the pan and heat until melted. Add the sliced almonds. Cook for 2-4 minutes, until the almonds are golden.
Add the garlic. Saute for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in the lemon juice.
Return the green beans to the pan and toss to coat in garlic lemon butter. Cook for 1-2 more minutes, until hot.
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