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Classic Green Beans Almondine

Discover how to make Green Beans Almondine, a classic side dish that combines tender green beans with the crunch of toasted almonds. Perfect for any occasion!

February 20, 2024
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 25 mins



Prep the Green Beans

  1. Blanch the green beans. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until they are bright green and tender-crisp. Immediately plunge them into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.

Toast the Almonds

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the sliced almonds to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Be careful not to let them burn.
  3. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, until aromatic.

Combine and Serve

  1. Add the blanched green beans to the skillet. Toss to coat with the buttery almonds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the beans are heated through.
  2. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the green beans and toss again to distribute the flavors evenly.
  3. Transfer the green beans almondine to a serving platter. If desired, garnish with lemon zest and a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley for a burst of color and freshness.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Green Beans Almondine
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Protein 4 g8%
Total Fat 11 g14.1%
Total Fat 11 g14.1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use fresh green beans for the best texture and flavor. Look for beans that are bright green and snap when bent.
  • Try to select green beans of similar size for even cooking.
  • Don’t overcook the beans. Blanching the beans until just tender-crisp ensures they retain a slight crunch, which contrasts beautifully with the toasted almonds.
  • Plunging the blanched beans into ice water immediately after cooking stops the cooking process and preserves their vibrant green color.
  • Toast the almonds. Keep a close eye on the almonds as they toast; they can go from golden to burnt very quickly.
  • Taste the dish before serving and adjust the salt, pepper, and lemon juice as needed. The lemon juice adds a nice brightness that enhances the flavors.
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Green Beans Almondine is a dish that embodies simplicity and elegance on a plate. This classic recipe, with its tender green beans and golden, buttery almonds, brings a touch of sophistication to any meal. It’s a perfect side dish for holiday dinners, special occasions, or even a regular weeknight meal. The beauty of Green Beans Almondine lies in its simplicity, which allows the natural flavors of the ingredients to shine through. Follow this straightforward recipe to add a gourmet touch to your dining table.

The Origin of Green Beans Almondine

The dish known as Green Beans Almondine (or Amandine in French) has roots in classic French cuisine, embodying the elegance and simplicity that French cooking is known for. The term "almondine" refers to a culinary technique in which a dish is garnished with almonds. In France, the technique is typically applied to fish, vegetables, and sometimes meat, showcasing the versatility of almonds as a complement to both the flavors and textures of various dishes.

A Timeless Classic

This recipe for green bean almondine brings the essence of French cooking into the home kitchen, offering an easy yet sophisticated side dish that pairs well with a wide range of main courses. The combination of lightly blanched green beans and golden, buttery almonds has been cherished for generations, and its simplicity is what makes it endure as a favorite. Whether served alongside a roast, fish, or poultry, green beans almondine adds a touch of gourmet flair to any meal.

Making It Your Own

While this easy green bean almondine recipe stays true to the classic preparation, it's adaptable to personal tastes and dietary needs. For a vegan version, olive oil can be used in place of butter without compromising the dish's overall flavor profile. Additionally, adding ingredients such as shallots or mushrooms can introduce new dimensions of flavor to the dish, making it your own while still honoring its traditional roots. The key to a perfect green bean almondine lies in the balance of textures and flavors, creating a dish that is both nourishing and delightful to the senses.

What To Serve with Green Beans Almondine?

Green Beans Almondine, a classic French dish featuring crisp-tender green beans tossed with butter and toasted almonds, pairs wonderfully with a variety of complementary dishes.

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How To Make Green Beans Almondine Ahead?

Green Beans Almondine is an ideal side dish for making ahead, which can be a great advantage for meal planning or preparing for a gathering. Here’s how you can prep this elegant dish in advance without losing any of its charm or flavor:

Prepping Green Beans Almondine Ahead:

Blanch the Green Beans: Follow the initial steps of blanching the green beans until they are bright green and tender-crisp. This can be done a day or two before serving. After blanching, plunge them into ice water to stop the cooking process immediately, drain them well, and then pat dry with a towel. Store the blanched green beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Toast the Almonds: Toast the almonds as directed and let them cool completely. Once cool, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. If you’ve cooked them with butter and garlic, let the mixture cool, then store it in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container.

Assembling and Serving:

Reheating Green Beans: When you're ready to serve, you can quickly reheat the green beans. Place them in a skillet over medium heat with a splash of water, or steam them for a few minutes until they're just heated through. Avoid microwaving, as this can make the green beans too soft or unevenly heated.

Combining Ingredients: While the green beans are reheating, gently warm the almond (and butter-garlic) mixture on the stove or in the microwave until just melted. Combine the warm green beans and almond mixture in a serving dish, tossing carefully to coat the green beans without breaking them.

Finishing Touches: Add a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, and if you like, a sprinkle of lemon zest or chopped parsley right before serving to brighten up the flavors and add a touch of color.

By prepping the components in advance, you can bring together your Green Beans Almondine in just a few minutes, making it a stress-free yet impressive addition to any meal. This make-ahead strategy ensures that you can enjoy your gathering with minimal time spent in the kitchen, while still serving a side dish that tastes freshly made.

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