Green Beans Almondine is a simple but flavorful side dish that comes together quickly in one pan. This is a great vegetarian side dish for potlucks or weeknight meals.
This simple side dish made with green beans and almonds is a long-time favorite in my house.
Despite being so easy to make, these green beans are sure to impress. Especially if you call them by their Frenchish name of Green Beans Almondine!
I love making this recipe when I want to fancy up a meal. Something about adding slivered almonds to a meal really takes things to the next level!
These green beans are also perfect as a Thanksgiving dish or potluck side.
The best part is that you can make the entire recipe in under 30 minutes in one pan. Less time spent cleaning up and more time spent enjoying your meal!
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All you need to make this recipe is:
- green beans
- toasted slivered almonds
- butter or olive oil
- salt and pepper
- vegetable broth
- lemon juice
While the ingredients are simple, the combination of flavors is beyond delicious. The green beans are just tender enough and have a bright flavor thanks to lemon juice.
Toasted almonds add a depth of flavor that is absolutely unbeatable when sauteed in butter.
What are sliced almonds?
Sliced almonds are thinly sliced almonds. That's it! You can purchase them raw or toasted. I recommend using toasted almonds in this recipe for an extra crispy texture.
While you can slice almonds on your own, I recommend purchasing pre-sliced, as slicing almonds is quite painstaking and will detract from the easiness of the recipe.
They are available at Trader Joe's (that's where I usually buy mine), online and at many grocery stores.
Step by step instructions
Start by snapping the ends off of the green beans. If your green beans are extra long snap them in half. You want each green bean to be about bite-sized.
Heat two tablespoons of butter in a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium heat (this is the perfect recipe for a cast iron!).
Once the butter is melted, add the green beans. Sprinkle with salt. Saute on mediun heat for 4-5 minutes, or until starting to brown.
Once lightly browned pour in ½ cup of vegetable broth. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer over medium-low heat until the green beans are al dente, about five minutes.
Remove the lid and stir in ½ cup slivered almonds. Sauté until excess liquid is steamed off. The dish is ready when the green beans are crispy and the almonds are toasted and browned, about 5 minutes.
- Green beans, also known as string beans, come in a variety of types. I recommend using thin green beans like French haricot verts or classic string beans (this is the most common type in the grocery store). Haricot verts are long and thin and have a great flavor. They can be found pre-snapped at Trader Joe's.
- Simmer the green beans in the vegetable broth until they are al dente. They should be pierceable with a fork but not completely soft.
- If you want extra crispy green beans (I'm talking crunchy ends and darkly toasted almonds) continue to sauté for an additional five minutes past the recommended time on the recipe. This will yield very crispy, deeply flavored beans.
- This recipe also works well with roughly chopped hazelnuts.
Green Beans Almondine (Green Beans with Almonds)
- 2 pounds green beans ends removed
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- ½ cup vegetable broth
- ½ cup sliced almonds see note
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 small lemon
- Heat two tablespoons of butter in a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium heat.
- Once the butter is melted, add the green beans. Sprinkle with salt. Saute on medium heat until starting to brown and blister, about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to evenly brown.
- Once lightly browned, reduce heat to medium-low and pour in ½ cup of vegetable broth. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer over medium-low heat until the green beans are al dente (see note), about five minutes.
- Remove the lid and stir in ½ cup sliced almonds. Saute until excess liquid is steamed off. The green beans are ready when the almonds are toasted and browned, about 5 minutes.
- Drizzle with fresh lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Enjoy!
- Sliced almonds: While you can slice whole almonds on your own, I recommend using pre-sliced almonds. These will be thinly sliced in a way that is hard to do on your own. You can find these at Trader Joe's, online, or in most large grocery stores.
- Make vegan by swapping butter with vegan butter or extra virgin olive oil.