Healthy Green Beans Almondine are an easy + delicious side dish that are perfect with any meal! Gluten free, grain free, keto and whole30 friendly.
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These Healthy Green Beans Almondine have become a favorite at our house for a healthy side dish to dinner lately! Garlicky, delicious green beans that are tossed with crunchy almonds + the perfect amount of salt and pepper…I mean.. how can you go wrong?!
Green beans have been one of my favorite veggies for pretty much forever, but when you jazz them up with this simple (but tasty!) recipe, you’ve got the ultimate side dish!
These green beans are paleo, Whole30, gluten free, dairy free and just simply delicious. They’re great for serving on a busy weeknight, or as a holiday side dish!
What are green beans almondine?
Green beans almondine is a fancy way of saying green beans topped with almonds. It’s traditionally made with slivered almonds, and ‘haricot verd’ which are the French, skinnier green bean, although you can make it with any variety of green bean.
As much as I love green beans, they’re always a point of disagreement.. or should I say discussion.. between Tyler and I. I like them SUPER crunchy (like borderline raw), while Tyler wants them to be cooked to death.
After making this a couple times, I perfected the cook time to be somewhere in the middle of what we both like.
Not too crispy, not to mushy.. they have the perfect little snap when you bite into them! Along with an amazing burst of flavor from the garlic/salt/pepper combo (which in my opinion is simply the best!!).
These Healthy Green Beans Almondine go great alongside basically any meal because they have a relatively ‘neutral’ flavor to them.
It always amazes me that such simple ingredients can make something SO tasty!
If you were to double or triple the batch, they’d even be great for serving at a holiday! Maybe alongside your Easter ham or Thanksgiving turkey?
Ingredients for green beans almondine:
It really doesn’t get much simpler than that!
How to make green beans almondine:
To make green beans almondine – heat olive oil in pan on the stove at medium high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant/slightly translucent. Add green beans, salt + pepper to the pan.
Sauté green beans and garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add water. Cover and steam on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Lastly, remove cover, add almonds, and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until liquid has evaporated from the pan.
Substitutions for this green beans almondine:
- Herbs – If you want to add even more flavor to these green beans, try adding a 1/2 teaspoon of thyme leaves or freshly chopped rosemary – both are delicious!
- Nuts – You can sub chopped walnuts or pecans for the almonds. You can also toast the almonds or whatever nut you use ahead of time if you’d like!
- Oil– You can use avocado or refined coconut oil instead of olive oil.
- Bacon – Chopped crispy bacon is a delicious addition to this recipe. I use about 1/4 cup.
- Lemon Zest – Some people like to add a bit of lemon juice or zest to their green beans almondine. If you’d like, add 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice (about what you’d get from one lemon!)
Can you use canned or frozen green beans in this recipe?
Yes, you can.. but I really wouldn’t recommend it. Fresh green beans are without a doubt the best for this recipe!
If you do use canned or frozen green beans, follow these directions.
For frozen green beans: Do not add water to the pot or defrost the green beans. Follow step 1, cover and let cook for about 4 minutes. Toss with almonds + serve.
For canned green beans: Drain and rinse green beans well. Follow step 1, cover and let cook for about 2 minutes. Toss with almonds + serve.
Are you supposed to blanch the green beans?
Many green beans almondine recipes call for blanching the green beans ahead of time. I’ve tried this recipe with blanching the green beans, and can find zero difference in taste or quality.
I don’t think it’s worth the extra time and effort (or worth dirtying another pan!)
Can you make green beans almondine ahead of time?
These green beans hold up really well, so they’re great for meal prepping or making ahead for a holiday side dish. If you want to make these green beans ahead of time, and reheat, I recommend cutting the cook time in half and cooking them in an oven safe skillet.
When you’re ready to serve, you can place the skillet/pan in the oven to reheat, or reheat on the stove for a few minutes.
Under cooking the beans initially is the most important part of this, it ensures that you don’t wind up with soggy, sad green beans.
Other healthy side dishes:
- Crispy Sheet Pan Roasted Potatoes
- Garlic Rosemary Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Crispy Garlic Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Honey Thyme Garlic Carrots
Healthy Green Beans Almondine
- Heat olive oil in pan on the stove at medium high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant/slightly translucent. Add green beans, salt + pepper to the pan.
- Sauté green beans and garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add water. Cover and steam on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove cover, add almonds, and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until liquid has evaporated from the pan.