Recipe/ Side Dish/ Vegetable

Green Bean Almondine

Green bean almondine topped with toasted almonds.

Fresh green beans sauteed with butter and almonds and finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice!  

Fresh green beans with almonds

This recipe was originally posted in December of 2015. The pictures have been updated and a video has been added. 

Fresh green bean almondine is perfect for an elegant dinner or a casual get together. During the winter months I start to crave fresh veggies.  

These green beans are easy to make and you will impress your guests and your family.

What’s not to love?  Butter…garlic….almonds….fresh squeezed lemon juice….oh and green beans!

Green Bean Almondine is also know as fresh green beans with almonds.

What is Almondine?

Almondine simply means with almonds.  The word amandine also describes dishes cooked with almonds.  Why the difference?  Almondine is typically used in the US while amandine is European.

The restaurant I used to work at always said amandine when describing a dish.  

Our chef was from Austria…plus I think it sounds a bit fancier!  Almondine or amandine or just green beans with almonds, it’s delicious!

Green bean almondine on a white plate with a fillet of fish.

What ingredients do I need?

  • Fresh green beans
  • Sliced almonds
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper

Fresh green beans used for making green bean almondine

Fresh green beans are usually available year round in the produce section of most grocery stores. Make certain you select the very best beans. 

How to Trim Green Beans

  • Grab a handful of beans
  • Line up one end of green beans
  • Cut off the stem part of the bean
  • Turn around to other side
  • Cut off the tail end of the bean

Green bean almondine topped with toasted almonds.

Make ahead Tips

  • Wash and trim beans
  • Blanch beans in boiling water and then place into an ice bath
  • Drain beans
  • Place beans in a covered container and refrigerate until needed
  • Follow remaining steps in recipe

Do I have to use butter?

No, you don’t have to use butter. You can use equal amounts of olive oil or margarine if you prefer. 

 

If you are looking for other great vegetable dishes, try these sauteed sugar snap peas and these ginger carrots.

Fresh green beans make a perfect side dish in this green bean almondine recipe. This delicious vegetable dish is perfect for the holidays, elegant dinners or weeknight dinners. #greenbeans #almondine

 

5 from 6 votes
Fresh green beans with almonds
Green Bean Almondine
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Fresh green beans sauteed in a light butter and lemon sauce.

Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh green bean recipe, green bean almodine, green bean side dish, green beans, green beans with almonds, make ahead green beans
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 147 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh green beans washed and trimmed
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook beans for 2 minutes in boiling water. Water should be at a rolling boil before you add beans.
  2. Drain beans in a colander and then cool in a bowl of cold water. Once cooled drain beans again. Remove all excess water from beans.
  3. In a large saute pan, melt butter. Once melted add almonds.
  4. Cook over low heat until slightly browned. 3-4 minutes. Remove almonds.
  5. In same pan add garlic and beans.
  6. Continue cooking until beans are heated through.

  7. Add almonds and stir.

  8. Turn off heat, squeeze 1/2 lemon over top.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve immediately

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

To make ahead of time, blanch and drain beans. Refrigerate beans until ready to continue.

Nutrition Facts
Green Bean Almondine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Potassium 235mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 15.2%
Vitamin C 17.3%
Calcium 5.8%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Green Bean Almondine Recipe Adapted From Fine Cooking.

 

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Kiki
    December 25, 2018 at 9:07 pm


    Made this for our Christmas dinner of fresh deer loin and baked potatoes. SO delicious! Definitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 26, 2018 at 6:27 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Karen Morris
    December 25, 2018 at 4:38 pm


    Awesome and easy side dish. Made it for Christmas dinner along with Beef Wellington.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 26, 2018 at 6:26 am

      Wonderful! So glad you loved it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Adina
    October 16, 2018 at 1:53 am

    I love green beans, but I have never added almonds, I am sure this dish tastes even better this way.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 16, 2018 at 7:00 am

      It is very delicious!

  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    October 16, 2018 at 1:29 am

    I see that you are gearing up for the upcoming holiday period. Whether it’s called ‘almondine’ or ‘amandine’- it all sounds good to me!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    October 15, 2018 at 12:25 pm


    A great, easy dish for the upcoming holidays Kathy! I’m pinning this one and making for sure!

  • Reply
    Dawn
    October 15, 2018 at 6:06 am


    Green beans are one of my fave side dishes. And, really, how can you go wrong when you serve ’em with butter, lemon and almonds? I could eat a whole lot of these for sure!! Suddenly my ‘side’ becomes a meal, lol.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    October 15, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Reading through this post totally got me excited about Thanksgiving side dishes! I’m all about the side dishes, and this green bean almondine sounds like it would be the perfect addition to the menu this year. My mom used to make a similar dish back when I was a kid, but I haven’t had it in years! Thanks for sharing, Kathy!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    September 20, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Can olive oil or margarine be used instead of butter?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 21, 2018 at 4:46 am

      Hi Natalie,
      Yes! You could substitute olive oil or margarine! Happy cooking! 🙂

  • Reply
    Phyllis
    January 1, 2017 at 6:07 pm


    I made this tonight to go with the Pork and Sauerkraut to ring in the new year, and it was delicious! I blanched the green beans ahead of time and just threw them in the pan with the almonds and butter when the time came. They were a big hit! Thanks for the recipe. Definitely a keeper!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 3, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks, Phyllis! I’m glad you love it as much as I do!

  • Reply
    Michelle Ferrand
    December 4, 2016 at 9:13 am

    This looks so easy! And delicious! And like something l’d make for dinner!
    YUM!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      It really is easy and delicious! Give it a try 🙂

  • Reply
    Christine
    December 3, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Green beans have such great flavor. Love recipes like this that let all that flavor come through!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 3, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Thanks, Christine! They really are great!

  • Reply
    Erin
    December 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    A fresh & healthy side dish! Beats plain old green beans any day.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks, Erin! These green beans are a great side dish! They definitely beat plain old green beans!

  • Reply
    Angie
    March 7, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Simple and nice :)! Perfect dish for a vegetarian. Thanks Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 7, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Perfect for everyone!

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    December 31, 2015 at 9:49 am

    green beans & almonds are really good together, these look fantastic Kathy! Have a great 2016! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 2, 2016 at 6:09 am

      Thanks, Manali! Happy New Year to you too!

  • Reply
    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    December 31, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I didn’t know you worked at a restaurant Kathy…how nifty is that!?!? Anyhow, these green beans look fabulous. I will be giving them a whirl tonight, doing the easy thing and making a ham. Then we’re going to that Snoopy movie finally. I will definitely be trying the lemon bit, that’s new for me. As for the butter…haha…there’s no subbing for me =) Have a fabulous New Year with your family!!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 31, 2015 at 5:45 am

      My restaurant experience is from way back when….back in the college days. I learned lots from working there and still use some ideas I learned. Happy New Year!

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    December 30, 2015 at 9:01 am


    Perfect side dish for NYE. We are staying in this year and having friend s over for dinner. I was going to do a simple roasted asparagus because couldn’t think of anything else, but now i have your recipe! YAY!! Plus, it’s fancy looking and will impress everyone 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 31, 2015 at 6:08 am

      I hope you give it a try! Happy New Years!

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    December 30, 2015 at 6:31 am

    These look scrumptious, and just right for the Whole 30 I am about to start in January – I’ll just sub some ghee for the butter. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 31, 2015 at 6:13 am

      Perfect! I love that you can make simple changes and still enjoy delicious food!

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