Simple and healthy, Green Beans Almondine is a delicious veggie side dish that features gorgeous green beans and crunchy almonds. This French recipe is the perfect companion to a holiday meal, but it’s easy enough to serve on busy weeknights!
Why you’ll love this green bean almondine recipe
Picture it: you’ve planned out a delicious main dish for a feast over the holidays, but you’ve completely forgotten to add a vegetable on the side! No need to panic. This easy side dish is a major crowd pleaser, it’s packed with flavor, and it’s on the table in 20 minutes.
- So flavorful! With a medley of seasonings, these green beans are simple but packed with flavor.
- Goes with everything. You can add these green beans to just about any plate and they will fit in perfectly, so it’s a great simple recipe for last minute needs.
- Tender and crunchy. The combination of tender-crisp green beans and crunchy almonds makes for a satisfying and healthy bite.
Green beans almondine gives a similar vibe as green bean casserole, but much healthier and far less ingredients. It’s a delicious side dish that everyone will enjoy.
Green Beans Almondine Ingredients
- Sliced almonds: provide a delicate crunch and a slightly nutty flavor that enhances the green beans.
- Oil: something simple like olive oil or avocado oil works great, but you could also use sesame oil or something that will impart some more flavor.
- Fresh garlic: adds a fantastic layer of savory flavor.
- Red onion: for a slight bite that pairs well with the garlic.
- Fresh green beans: I recommend using fine, thin green beans for the best result. Buy them pre-trimmed or trim them yourself if you don’t mind!
- Seasonings: aside from sea salt and ground black pepper, I added some lemon zest and lemon juice for a pop of refreshing citrus flavor, as well as red pepper flakes (or chili flakes) for a bit of heat. Pink peppercorns are nice too if you’ve got them!
How to Make Sautéed Green Beans with Almonds
- Toast the almonds. Cook the almond slices in a small skillet or frying pan over low heat until they’re golden brown and toasted.
- Sauté the onion and garlic. Set the toasted almonds aside, heat oil over medium heat, then cook red onions until softened. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Cook the green beans. Along with salt and pepper, add fresh beans to the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes.
- Season the green beans. Remove the sautéed green beans from the heat and toss green beans with a touch of lemon juice, then top with the toasted almonds, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes.
Sautéed Green Beans With Almonds Variations and FAQs
- Although almond is in the name, you can use other nuts like pecans, walnuts, or cashews. You’ll want to chop or crush them so they’re properly bite-sized.
- For a more rich version of the dish, use butter instead of olive oil.
- Shallots are a delicious substitution for red onions.
- Use other vegetables like red bell peppers or cherry tomatoes for pops of color with these flavorful green beans. You’ll want to dice red peppers into small pieces for best results.
What’s the difference between green beans and fine green beans?
Fine green beans are a type of French green beans that tend to be rather thin and tender. They’re perfect for this almondine dish because they cook quickly in a saucepan and have a comforting texture. Any kind of string beans can realistically be used for this dish, but you may have to adjust cooking time a bit.
Do you have to blanch green beans?
No, because we’re using fine green beans for this dish, they’ll cook just fine in the skillet, and odds are you’ll be serving them right away.
If you do need to prepare the beans ahead of time and want to preserve their color and texture, blanching them in cold water or an ice bath can help preserve them longer.
How to Store Green Beans Almondine
Keep leftover green beans in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Reheat them in the microwave, oven, or toss them in a hot pan over the stove top until heated through.
You can also freeze your green beans for up to 3 months. Allow them to thaw in the fridge before reheating.
What to Serve with Sauteed Green Beans with Almonds
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Green Beans Almondine
- In a small skillet over low to medium heat, toast the almonds, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Set the toasted almonds aside to cool.
- Heat the oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the red onion and sauté for 3 minutes or until softened. Then add the garlic and continue cooking for about 1 minute, until the garlic is fragrant.
- Add the green beans, salt, and pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes until al-dente. Mix in the lemon juice and top with toasted almonds, lemon zest,and red pepper or chili flakes. Transfer the green beans to a serving bowl and serve warm.