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Green Beans Almondine

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Calories: 111
green bean almondine with garlic and toasted almonds on a white platter with a spoon

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.

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.

ingredients for green bean almondine 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—6 cloves to be exact.
  • Slivered almonds.
Green beans in a skillet with olive oil
sauteed green beans in a skillet with garlic
toasted almonds in a skillet
sauteed 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 spoon

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Looks Like We Have Kind of a Thing for Green Beans.

Now that you mention it, we do share a lot of green bean recipes. Here are four of our faves:

Team Green Bean!

This super vegetable is too often overlooked, or served as an afterthought. We hope this easy green bean recipe lures you over to team green bean. If you make these garlic green beans almondine, let us know how you like them! Snap a photo of your green beans and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and#themodernproper. Happy eating!

Green Beans Almondine

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Calories: 111

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Green beans
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 6 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Slivered almonds
  • 1 tsp Salt

Method

  1. In a large skillet heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the almonds and toast until golden brown, about 2 minutes, set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining olive oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the green beans and cook until green beans turn bright green in color and begin to soften, about 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add in garlic and cook, stirring often until fragrant, about 1 more minutes. Stir in almonds and salt stirring to combine everything for another 1 minute. Enjoy!

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 111
  • Protein 2 g
  • Carbohydrates 7 g
  • Total Fat 9 g
  • Dietary Fiber 3 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • sodium 393 mg
  • Added Sugars 1 g

Green Beans Almondine

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  • Joann

    Can this be at least partially made ahead of time? I'm thinking of bringing it to Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you!

    Unfortunately, this is a really hard one to make ahead of time! If the host doesn't mind giving you one burner, though, it comes together super fast. Our green bean casserole is a better recipe for making ahead: https://themodernproper.com/green-bean-casserole

  • eldritch_vapor

    Ultimately this turned out good but the timing was way off. I had to cook for much longer and put the lid on in order to soften the green beans enough. Maybe cooking uncovered for such a short time would work if you were cooking on high heat with a wok burner, but not for medium heat on a stovetop. Also the amount of olive oil was a little high.Maybe there was a blanching step that was left out?

    Thanks for letting us know. I will retest this week and make any necessary edits! I make them without a recipe ALL the time, so maybe is was a slight oversight in the recipe write-up. Take care.

  • Lowell Wickersham

    Simple but outstanding.Enjoyed them twice this week as a side dish for slow cooked pork loin.

    amazing, thanks for sharing.