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This classic Green Beans Almondine al dente haricot verts recipe is finished with perfectly toasted sliced almonds and lemon juice for the ultimate vegetable side dish. You will be blown away at how quickly this comes together.
Green beans are one of the few vegetables my entire family enjoys, and because of that, I often serve them. If you are in a similar boat, check out how to make my Three Bean Salad or Oven Baked Green Beans.
Green Beans Almondine
Green Beans Almondine is a simple dish consisting of cooked green beans that are served covered in toasted almonds. The often misspelled word almondine comes from the correct French word amandine, which translates to garnished with almonds.
As in amandine, any dish finished with almonds is often accompanied by butter and seasonings. I enhance the flavor of these beans with garlic, shallots, and lemon juice to help brighten up the classic side dish. The only ingredients you need to keep this as close to the traditional version as possible are green beans, butter, and almonds.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Beans – I used haricot verts in my recipe, which are French-style green beans. These tend to be a little longer and thinner. Regular green beans will work in the same way.
- Butter – Always use unsalted butter in cooking and baking so that you control the sodium content and not a butter company.
- Garlic – Some finely minced fresh garlic cloves are the hero for these sauteed green beans.
- Lemon – A little lemon juice will help to brighten up the beans.
- Shallots – I used 1 shallot to help enhance the flavor of the beans. You can substitute with red, white, yellow, or sweet onions.
- Almonds – You can use sliced or slivered almonds for this green bean almondine.
How to Make Green Beans Almondine
Add the green beans to a large pot of boiling salted water and cook for 3 minutes.
Remove the beans and shake them in an ice bath for 1 to 2 minutes or until cooled.
Drain the beans and set them aside.
Add 2 tablespoons of butter to a large 12” stainless steel pan over low to medium heat.
Pour in the almonds and cook for 4-6 minutes or until browned while frequently stirring.
Scoot the almonds to one side of the pan, and on the other side of the pan, add the garlic, shallots, and 1 tablespoon of butter and cook while frequently stirring for 30 to 45 seconds or until fragrant.
Mix the garlic and shallots with the almonds.
Add green beans and butter, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
Mix until everything is combined.
Serve the green beans with the toasted almonds, shallots, and garlic on top.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: These are meant to be eaten as soon as they are done cooking. You can keep them warm in the pan for up to 15 minutes before serving.
How to Store: Green beans almondine will be kept in the refrigerator covered in plastic for up to 3 days. These don’t freeze well after being cooked because they lose a lot of moisture. If you decide to freeze cooked green beans, it’s best to thaw and use them in a soup.
How to Reheat: Add the green beans with a small amount of chicken stock or water and 1 tablespoon of butter to a pan. Cook over medium heat until the green beans are warm.
Chef Notes + Tips
- If you notice the butter turning dark while cooking the almonds, quickly remove the pan from the burner to cool it down.
- These green beans will be al dente or slightly crunchy when finished.
- If you want your green beans a little more done, boil them for 5 to 7 minutes.
More Green Bean Recipes
- Sautéed Green Beans
- Pickled Green Beans
- Ham and Green Bean Stew
- Boiled Green Beans
- Green Bean Casserole
Green Beans Almondine (Amandine) Recipe
- 1 pound trimmed haricot verts or fresh green beans
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup shaved almonds
- 2 finely minced garlic cloves
- 1 peeled and small diced shallot
- Juice of ½ lemon, about 1 tablespoon
- Coarse salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Add the green beans to a large pot of boiling salted water and cook for 3 minutes.
- Remove the beans and immediately shock them in an ice bath for 1 to 2 minutes or until cooled.
- Drain the beans and set them aside.
- Add 2 tablespoons of butter to a large 12” stainless steel pan over low to medium heat.
- Pour in the almonds and cook for 4-6 minutes or until browned while frequently stirring.
- Scoot the almonds to one side of the pan, and on the other side of the pan, add the garlic, shallots, and 1 tablespoon of butter and cook while frequently stirring for 30 to 45 seconds or until fragrant.
- Mix the garlic and shallots with the almonds.
- Add the green beans and butter, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
- Mix until everything is combined.
- Serve the green beans with the toasted almonds, shallots, and garlic on top.