Green Beans Almondine is truly the easiest green bean side dish around. And I would say the “easy” part is the best part about them, if it wasn’t for the best part being actually eating it.
Tender garlicky green beans + the buttery crunch of toasted almonds = a match made in heaven. Easy, impressive, delicious.
Also known as Green Beans Amandine (“amandine” is a French word meaning “a garnish of almonds” [source]), this recipe is simply blanched green beans, sautéed with butter-toasted almonds and garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper. And then served up like the queen-of-green-bean-sides it is. Done and done.
So what goes into this simple green bean side? We’ve got:
Fresh green beans
Butter (or vegan butter – your choice)
Salt and pepper
That’s it! Simple.
Some Green Beans Almondine recipes call for lemon juice and/or lemon zest, but I tested these both ways, and found the lemon mostly superfluous. They were just as delicious sans lemon, and I’m all about keeping it as simple as possible. But if you’re a lemon lover, it won’t ever hurt to add a bit of zest and juice!
I like to blanch my green beans ahead of time, so that it’s just a matter of toasting the almonds, cooking the garlic, tossing in the green beans and serving. Easy!
I hope you love this simple green bean side dish as much as we do!
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You can par-boil the beans up to 3 days in advance; keep refrigerated until you’re ready to proceed with the skillet step of the recipe.