Green Beans Almondine is an elegant, simple, and healthy side dish. This classic French dish is a great food for holiday meals. This tender sauteed green beans with toasted almonds takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.
Green Beans Almondine is an easy and basic French bean recipe. This is a healthy dish to serve as a side or a healthy low-carb snack.
These are great for festive menus also. Add this green beans almondine to your Thanksgiving menu and enjoy the crispy green beans. Here the dish is vegan but you can saute in butter if your diet permits that.
What is Green Beans Almondine?
If you are wondering "What is green beans almondine?", this is sauteed green beans with toppings of almonds. Almondine is a culinary term used for almond dressings. This is a French dish originally.
This is a healthy side dish that perfectly fits into every meal. If you are on a keto diet, this will be a great meal or main dish for a busy night of the week. It's an elegant, simple, and tasty side dish.
This green beans almondine is made with simple ingredients and in less than 20 minutes. Adding crispy slivered almonds compliments the tender sauteed beans and adds a nice crunch and nutty flavor to the beans.
Green Beans are often referred to as snap beans or string beans. Fresh green beans are a good source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. The protein component helps in building muscle mass. It's always been a great food or vegetable to add to your diet.
Green Beans with Almonds aka Green Beans Almondine
It's an easy recipe where soft and tender cooked green beans (French beans) are tossed with crispy toasted almonds. You can toast the almond slices in a skillet or in the oven. Garlic adds a nice flavor to the dish. You can add fresh garlic or garlic powder as a substitute.
Ingredients You'll Require
Green Beans - regular green beans / French green beans or string green beans. The tender ones are the best for this dish. For prepping, just trim off the ends of the beans.
Almonds - Slivered almonds
Olive oil - or vegan butter
Garlic - minced or garlic powder
Ice - or cold water
Salt & Pepper
Lemon juice - freshly squeezed lemon juice
How To Make Green Beans Almondine?
Let's divide the cooking process into 3 steps:
- Blanch the beans
- Toast almonds
- Saute beans with garlic
Blanch the French beans (3 min + 2 min Ice water)
Now before blanching, wash off thoroughly and trim the head and tail parts. Now blanch beans in water for 3 minutes. After that remove the beans from the hot water with the help of a tong or pass it through a colander.
Then take a bowl of ice water and immerse the blanched beans in ice-cold water for 1 - 2 minutes. This will help in retaining the bright green color of the beans and also stop overcooking. Now remove the beans.
Toast Slivered Almonds (20 - 30 sec)
In a dry skillet or frying pan, heat a spoonful of olive oil or any vegetable oil on medium heat.
Now saute sliced almonds for 30 seconds till they start changing color to golden brown.
Don't overbrown the almonds. Toast on medium-low flame. Once done transfer to a clean bowl.
Note - You can add the blanched beans to the pan without removing the almonds and saute them together with minced garlic. But be careful since the slivered almmonds will be toasted quickly and may get burnt. That's the reason I prefer to saute them separately.
Saute beans with garlic (4 - 5 Min)
Now in the same oil add chopped or minced fresh garlic and saute for 10 - 15 seconds on low heat till it becomes fragrant and starts changing color slightly.
Add blanched beans to the pan. Season with salt & crushed pepper. Toss to coat the beans nicely. On medium flame saute for 3 - 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat once done. Add toasted almonds. Drizzle some freshly squeezed lemon juice and toss it all nicely. Delicious Green Beans Almondine is ready in a cook time of 17 - 20 minutes.
Green Beans Almondine
Green Beans Almondine
Prepping & blanching
- Wash and clean beans thoroughly.
- Trim both the ends.
- Now in a saucepan heat water to boiling. add a pinch of salt to it.
- Blanch trimmed beans in hot water for 2 - 3 minutes.
- In a bowl take ice water and immerse blanched beans in it immediately.
- This will stop the overcooking of beans and retain its green color.
- After 2 - 3 minutes remove beans from ice water and wipe it keep aside
- Now in a skillet or pan, heat olive oil.
- Add in slivered almonds and roast on low heat for 30 - 60 seconds or till they start to change color.
- Then remove to a clean bowl for further use.
Saute beans and garlic
- In the same skillet, add finely chopped garlic and on a low flame saute for 15 - 20 seconds or till it starts to change color.
- Now add blanched beans into the skillet.
- Add salt and crushed pepper to taste.
- On a medium flame keep sauteing for 3 - 4 minutes.
- Don't overcook the beans as the texture we need tender-crisp.
- Turn off heat.
- Add toasted almonds to this followed by a drizzle of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Toss them all nicely.
- Green beans almondine is ready to serve.
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