Green Bean Almondine

Green Bean Almondine Recipe

Green Bean Almondine


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon zest for garnish (optional)


Blanch Green Beans:

  1. Blanch Green Beans:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the trimmed green beans and cook for 3-4 minutes until they are bright green and just tender. Quickly transfer the beans to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.

Toast Almonds:

  1. Toast Almonds:
    • In a large skillet over medium heat, toast the sliced almonds until they are golden brown and fragrant. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Once toasted, transfer the almonds to a plate and set aside.

Sauté Green Beans:

  1. Sauté Green Beans:
    • In the same skillet, add butter and olive oil over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  2. Add Green Beans:
    • Add the blanched green beans to the skillet, tossing them in the garlic-infused butter and oil mixture. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the green beans are heated through.

Finish and Season:

  1. Add Almonds and Lemon Juice:
    • Add the toasted almonds to the skillet and drizzle fresh lemon juice over the green beans. Toss everything together to coat evenly.
  2. Season:
    • Season the Green Bean Almondine with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.


  1. Garnish and Serve:
    • Optionally, garnish the dish with lemon zest for a burst of citrus flavor. Serve the Green Bean Almondine hot as a delightful side dish.


  • Nut Variation: Feel free to experiment with different nuts, such as pine nuts or pecans, for added texture and flavor.
  • Herb Addition: For extra freshness, you can toss in chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives before serving.
  • Make-Ahead Tip: You can blanch the green beans and toast the almonds ahead of time. Sauté them just before serving for the best texture.

This Green Bean Almondine recipe is a classic and elegant side dish that showcases the vibrant flavors of fresh green beans with the nutty crunch of almonds. It pairs well with a variety of main courses.

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