Sauteed Green Beans with Almonds is the perfect side dish for a weeknight meal or on your holiday table!
Side dishes are always the hardest to come up with, right? In our house, we always decided on a main dinner entree, then I’m left figuring out sides!
But these elegant little guys really save the day! This dish looks super put together, but it’s really tossed in a pan with a few simple ingredients I’m sure you’ve already got on hand. In a matter of minutes, you’re ready to eat!
What is Amandine?
Sauteed Green Beans with Almonds is also known as “Green Bean Amandine”. Amandine is just a fancy word for dishes garnished with almonds. There’s really nothing more to it!
I really love how these sauteed green beans keep their color and their crunch! By blanching them before sauteing, you preserve the texture and keep them from going limp.
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How to make Sauteed Green Beans with Almonds
The first step is to prepare the green beans, or Haricot Verts. You can use either variety for this recipe. Just make sure they are fresh, instead of canned or frozen.
(this recipe has not been tested with frozen green beans, only fresh)
What is the difference between green beans and haricot verts?
The difference between haricot verts and green beans is the size and flavor. Haricot Verts are french green beans, which are longer and more robust in flavor than American green beans.
1. Prepare the Green Beans
To prepare the green beans, simply snap the “tail” ends off of the beans and half them if the bean is too long. Each bean should be manageable on a plate or cut in half for a bite size.
After you’ve trimmed the green beans, add them to a pot of boiling water for about 2 minutes. Then, drain and rinse with cold water. Layout on a paper towel to dry.
Tip: If you are preparing this dish ahead of time, stop at this step and store the green beans in a Ziploc bag lined with a paper towel.
Before serving, prepare the garnish and warm the beans in a skillet.
2. Prepare the Garnish
As your green beans dry, add oil to a pan over medium-high heat. Add the slivered almonds and saute until fragrant. As they begin to turn golden brown and smell toasty, remove from the pan and set aside.
Then, add more oil to the pan. On medium heat, add the shallot and saute, then add the garlic and stir quickly!
Tip: Allow your pan to cool slightly before adding the garlic so it does not burn.
3. Assemble the Dish
To the pan with the shallot and garlic, add the green beans and saute, keeping the ingredients moving. Add more oil if necessary.
Add salt and pepper to taste, then add the lid and turn to low for a few minutes – just until the beans are heated through. Remove from the pan and place in a serving dish.
Sauteed Green Beans with Almonds
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 12-ounce package fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1 shallot diced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons slivered almonds toasted
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Trim and snap the green beans into manageable, bite-sized pieces.
- To a large pot of boiling water (about 6 quarts), cook green beans for about 2 minutes.
- Drain and rinse with cold water. Layout on a paper towel to dry.
- Add oil to a pan over medium-high heat. Add the slivered almonds and saute until fragrant. As they begin to turn golden brown and smell toasty, remove from the pan and set aside.
- Then, add more oil to the pan. On medium heat, add the shallot and saute, then add the garlic.
- To the pan with the shallot and garlic, add the green beans and saute, keeping the ingredients moving. Add more oil if necessary.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, then add the lid and turn to low for 3-5 minutes or until the beans are heated through. Remove from the pan and serve.