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Green Beans Almondine

Toasted almonds, with their delicate crunchy texture, are a perfect foil for these garlicky green beans. The resulting side dish is as elegant as it is simple—which is to say, very.


green beans almondine with garlic and toasted almonds on a white platter with a spoon

Move Over, Green Bean Casserole—There’s a New Game in Town.

It’s safe to say that most of us have a soft spot for old-fashioned green bean casserole—it’s a nostalgic dish, and a Thanksgiving classic. But—and you knew that there was a “but” coming, right?—this year we’re feeling a little more ambitious. Fresh green beans are only slightly more work than canned, and their satisfying snap is a lively addition to just about any meal—holiday or otherwise.

green bean almondine on a white platter

Impress Your Friends—Tell Them You Made Green Beans Almondine.

Because you did! “Green beans almondine”—spelled ‘amandine’ in French, but typically spelled “almondine” in American cook book—is a classic French preparation, and the word “almondine” is just a culinary term for garnishing with almonds. Toasted almonds, with their delicate crunchy texture, are a perfect foil for our garlicky green bean recipe. The resulting side dish is as elegant as it is simple—which is to say, very. While you’re filling your table with scratch made classics, our homemade Pumpkin Pie is a real treat.

A colander filled with fresh green beans next to minced garlic, sliced almonds, salt and olive oil in small bowls

3 Ingredients & Not a Can in Sight.

While these sautéed green beans make for a fast and delicious side dish any night of the week—and just about any time of year!—they’re one of our favorite Thanksgiving upgrades. Just three, whole ingredients (we’re not counting oil and salt—those are a given) and an unbelievably quick preparation make it a refreshingly healthy, wholesome addition to your holiday menu. All you’ll need for this green bean recipe is:

  • Green beans. Also known as string beans or haricots verts, look for a vibrant green hue and a strong “snap” to ensure freshness.
  • Garlic. Lots of it—3-4 cloves to be exact.
  • Slivered almonds.
toasted almonds in a skillet
1 pound fresh green beans in a skillet with olive oil
1 pound of fresh green beans cooking in a skillet with minced garlic.
cooked green beans in a skillet with garlic and toasted almonds

How to Cook Green Beans

Cooking green beans is a breeze. You don’t have to do much prep—especially if you have the ability to delegate the green bean trimming to the tiny members of your household—garlic green beans are about speed and celebrating the vibrancy and satisfying crunch of fresh string beans. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Toast the slivered almonds that make these green beans "amandine"!
  2. Sauté the green beans in your favorite skillet.
  3. When the beans take on an even brighter green hue and soften, add the garlic cloves.
  4. Sprinkle with almonds and salt to taste.
  5. Serve!
green bean almondine in a skillet with a serving spoon

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Green Beans Almondine

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  10 min
  • Calories: 96


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the almonds and toast until golden brown, about 2 minutes, then transfer to a plate.

  2. Heat the remaining olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the green beans and cook, stirring occasionally until bright green and softened, 8-10 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Stir in the toasted almonds and salt until combined.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories96
  • Protein3 g
  • Carbohydrates7 g
  • Total Fat7 g
  • Dietary Fiber3 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium394 mg
  • Total Sugars3 g

Green Beans Almondine

Questions & Reviews

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  • Angela

    Do u blanch the green beans first

    No, but if you do blanch them first, it will cut down the pan frying time significantly.

  • A

    How to make green bean amandine for 25 people, plate and still serve hot

    Ha! I was just telling my family how hard it is to make a big meal and have everything still be hot once its served. Not sure... you'd have to make quite a few batches all at the same time. Or possible make a head of time and use a with the almonds just before serving.

  • Alexandra

    Can this recipe be made the night before? refrigerated and reheated in a casserole dish in the oven next day/

    This green bean recipe is really written to be made quickly in the moment & isn't great for making ahead. Our more traditional green bean casserole recipe, though, can be made a day ahead of time.

  • Mary

    Can you use frozen green beans?

    Frozen green beans won't work very well in this recipe, unfortunately.

  • Candy

    can this be made a day ahead and then re heated?

    You can prep the green beans ahead of time—clean then and trim them—but other than that, this recipe really needs to be made in the moment. On the upside, it is very very fast! It takes just about 10 minutes start-to-finish.

  • Eric

    I've been making this weekly. Sometimes I speed it up by splashing in a bit of chicken broth. Last time I sliced the garlic thin, lightly fried it (after the almonds), and added it with the almonds. I think I like that approach. For my taste, half the salt is plenty. Super easy dish, yet delicious. Goes great with a wild rice blend.

    Thanks Eric, so glad you are loving it!

  • Sims


    Thanks Sims!

  • Joleen

    I made these for Thanksgiving and they were good. But then I made them a second time, cooking them a bit longer and they were SO good! It's probably a personal preference but I believe I undercooked the beans the first time. Once I cooked them a bit longer the second time they were more tender and had a richer flavor. I cheated a bit and bought Trader Joe's toasted almond slivers and it saved me the stress of burning my almonds! Such a delicious and nutritious option for Thanksgiving vs green bean casserole!

    We agree! Very nice alternative if you don't want the heaviness of the green bean casserole. Thanks for making them Joleen and we are so happy you enjoyed them!

  • Bri

    So beautiful and simple. Made them for a Friendsgiving and I think I liked these beans better than any green bean casserole. I dry toasted my almonds in the toaster oven and skipped the first step to cut out some oil. Overall, my new favorite way to eat green beans!

    Thank you Bri! This is so great to hear! We are glad you were so happy with them!!

  • Bethany

    These were a huge hit at Our Friendsgiving neighborhood dinner. Thanks for always making me look good Modern Proper!

    haha! You are VERY welcome Bethany! That's what we are here for!