Green Beans Almondine

A simple green beans almondine recipe made with fresh green beans, minced garlic, sliced almonds, and fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Green beans almondine or green beans amandine, regardless of how you say it, they’re simply delicious. Perfectly cooked green beans served with toasted almond slices and sautéed garlic and shallots. When properly prepared, the only spices you need are salt and pepper.

The lemon juice add a fresh pop to the side dish and keeps the colors nice and vibrant. When it comes to holiday sides, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Close up view of green beans almondine on a white dish.

How to Make Green Beans Almondine with Garlic

  1. Start by trimming your green beans, mincing (or pressing) the garlic, slicing the shallots, and squeezing a fresh lemon.
  2. Then, place a large stock pot filled with salted water over high heat. Bring it to a boil.
  3. Add the green beans and let them blanche for 5-6 minutes. Remove them from the pot and place them into an ice bath.
  4. Afterward, drain the beans and set them aside for now.
Top down view of almonds and butter in a pan.
Top down view of shallots and butter cooking in a pan.
  1. Next, place a large skillet over low-medium heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter in the pan.
  2. Sprinkle the almond slices into the pan and let them toast for 3-4 minutes. Remove the nuts from the skillet.
  3. Then, add another tablespoon of butter to the skillet along with the shallots.
  4. The sliced shallots need to cook for 3-4 minutes, at that point you can add the garlic. Let the mixture sauté for another 30-45 seconds.
Top down view of green beans and almonds in a skillet.
  1. return the almonds to the pan, along with the green beans, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Turn off the heat and toss the mixture to combine the dish. That’s it, your green beans almondine recipe is done!

Recipe Tips

  • I don’t recommend skipping the ice bath. Mainly, because it shocks the green beans and stops the cooking process. If you skip that step, your beans may overcook in the colander.
  • You can make green beans almondine using frozen green beans. Simply follow the recipe as it’s written with only 1 modification. When boiling the green beans, reduce the boil time slightly to avoid over cooking them.
  • You can substitute olive oil in place of the butter. Use 1 tablespoon of olive oil for each tablespoon of butter.

Storage and Reheating

Storage: Leftover green beans almondine will last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Reheating: To reheat, simply warm in a skillet on the stove until heated.

Freezing: I don’t recommend freezing these green beans, because the texture won’t hold up when thawed.

Oval dish filled with green beans and almonds.

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Green Beans Almondine

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup shallots, thinly sliced (about 1 medium shallot)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 5 to 6 minutes until they turn bright green and are tender but still have a crisp bite. Drain and place in a bowl of ice water to stop them from cooking. Drain again, and set aside.
    1 pound fresh green beans
  • While the green beans cook, heat a large skillet over low-medium heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the skillet then add the almonds. Cook the almonds for 3 to 4 minutes until they are lightly toasted.
    ½ cup sliced almonds
  • Remove the almonds from the pan and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and shallots. Cook the shallots for 3 to 4 minutes until they soften then add the garlic. Cook for an additional 30 seconds, then add the green beans, lemon juice, toasted almonds, salt and pepper to taste.
    ¼ cup shallots
    2 garlic cloves
    2 teaspoons lemon juice
    Salt and pepper
  • Serve immediately! See post for tips and storage options.

Suggested Equipment

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 ounces of green beans almondine. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

Nutrition

Serving: 2ouncesCalories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 5mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 479IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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