Inspired by the classic French recipe, haricots verts amandine, this fresh green bean recipe with six simple ingredients, including toasted almonds and garlic, is the perfect side dish for all your meals.
Who knew green beans could taste this good!
I always thought my Mimi’s green beans were the best! They were boiled in bacon and salt for hours. They were delicious but they don’t hold a candle to these green beans blanched, cooled and sauteed in butter, garlic and toasted almonds.
I won’t lie, I love a good vegetable casserole like my Brussels Sprouts Gratin, but I’d choose this green beans amandine recipe every time. They pack all the flavor without all the calories.
What pairs well with green beans?
This best-ever green bean recipe is good with chicken, pork, beef or fish. They make a great side dish for Oven Roasted Ribs, a good summer Grilled Ribeye with a Dijon Honey Rub or a delicious and healthy Baked Salmon with Herbs and Dijon. Green beans amandine really is the perfect side dish.
More Simple & Delicious Side Dishes
- Oven Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Parmesan
- Crispy Roasted Smashed Potatoes
- Grilled Corn on the Cob with Basil and Parmesan
How to Cook Green Beans
The key to making these the best green beans ever is blanching the beans.
The process of blanching is immersing beans (or any vegetable) in boiling water briefly then removing them and putting them straight into a bowl of ice water which stops the beans from cooking further. This keeps the green beans crisp instead of soggy.
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Green Bean Recipe Notes & Tips
- Do not skip the blanching process. Your beans will be mushy.
- Do not use canned green beans for this recipe. They are soggy and will not work.
- You can blanch the beans in advance and leave in the fridge until ready to saute.
- You can top this recipe with a sprinkling of parmesan to add flavor.
- This recipe has dairy, but you can easily make it dairy-free and vegan by substituting one tablespoon of olive oil for a tablespoon of butter.
This tested and perfected fresh green beans recipe blanched then sauteed in olive oil and butter and topped off with a touch of garlic and toasted almonds is the perfect side dish all year round.
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Bring salt water to a boil.
- Drop in green beans and set a timer for 4 minutes.
- While green beans are boiling, get together a bowl 2 cups water and 1 cup of ice.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove beans and put in ice water.
- Set a timer for 4 minutes.
- Drain beans in a strainer.
- Use a towel to completely dry green beans.
- In a skillet, over medium heat add 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter.
- When butter has melted, add beans and cook until lightly browning (4 – 6 minutes).
- Add salt, pepper and garlic and cook for 1 minute, tossing continuously.
- Add almonds and toss for an additional 1 – 2 minutes.
- Turn off heat and using tongs place green beans on a plate for serving. Sprinkle remaining almonds from pan over the top and serve.