Green Beans Almondine is a vegetable side dish with crisp, tender green beans mixed with sauteed onions, toasted almonds, and garlic. The combination of fresh green beans, almonds, and buttery goodness creates a wonderful medley of flavors and textures, making Green Beans Almondine a timeless addition to any meal. Try my Roasted Parmesan Green Beans for another tasty green bean recipe.
What Are Green Beans Almondine?
Almondine (or Amandine) is when food is prepared with toasted sliced almonds. Amandine is a culinary term meaning ‘almond garnish’, but the term has been Americanized to almondine. Vegetables are a popular choice when it comes to mixing them with butter sauce. But, it is also used with fish and potatoes.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Green Beans: Blanched green beans were used in this recipe (which I will explain how to do next). You can use frozen green beans if that is all you have on hand. Just make sure the green beans are thawed. If using frozen beans, skip the blanching process and add them after preparing the sauce as instructed in the recipe.
Almonds: Look for sliced or slivered almonds. Whole almonds have a skin on them that will have to be removed, and you will want this dish sooner than later, so just get sliced or slivered to save time.
Blanching is a method to cook vegetables so they end up being crisp and bright in color. All it takes to blanch green beans is a pot of salted boiling water and a bowl of ice water nearby. When the water gets to a boil, put in the green beans and let them cook for 2-3 minutes.
The beans should be bright green after a couple of minutes. Drain the beans and cover them with ice water. This ‘shocking’ will stop the beans from cooking any longer. Let the beans sit in the ice water while you prepare the sauce.
How To Store Green Beans Almondine
Once cooled to room temperature, store the green beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last up to 3-4 days. Reheat the beans in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Green Beans Almondine
- 1 pound fresh green beans, washed with ends trimmed
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- ⅓ cup (31 g) sliced almonds
- 6 teaspoons garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Bring a medium pot of salted water to a rolling boil.
- While the water is coming to a boil, wash the green beans and trim both ends.
- Add the green beans to the boiling water and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
- To a large bowl, add cold water and plenty of ice for an ice bath.
- Transfer the beans to the bowl of ice water. (This will stop the cooking process.)
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the onions and cook until translucent (5-8 minutes).
- Add the remaining butter and sliced almonds, cooking another 4-5 minutes, stirring until almonds are golden brown.
- Add the garlic and cook an additional minute.
- Drain the green beans from the ice bath and add them to the skillet. Toss the beans until coated and cook for about 3 minutes, or until warm. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
A classic side dish and a great way to dress up green beans!
What a delicious way to serve green beans! I couldn't get enough of these.
Super simple and delicious way to serve green beans. I love the garlic kick in this too!!