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Almond green beans are the perfect side dish for a holiday meal or just a weeknight dinner! This method for roasted green beans with almonds is the easiest, and you only need 3 ingredients!

almond green beans

Green beans with almonds. Toasted almonds with green beans. Green beans almondine. Whatever you want to call this dish, it’s probably one you’ve had before! I had to sneak it in this holiday season because for one – it’s a 3 ingredient recipe! And two – we eat it all of the time! While it’s great for the holidays, I have to say we probably eat it more as a weeknight side dish. 

Since many of my readers are in the US, I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! We already had ours last month and we were fortunate enough to spend it with our entire family. I know things have gotten a little crazier since then, so you may be having a smaller celebration than we were able to have. Regardless of whether you’re on your own or you’re having a smaller, intimate Thanksgiving feast, good food on the table will bring a smile to your face!

So let’s talk about these green beans!

almond green beans

What are almond green beans?

This lovely 3 ingredient side dish is composed of:

  • fresh green beans
  • toasted, slivered almonds
  • garlic

I also like to add a bit of sea salt to my beans! Other than these ingredients you’ll need olive oil for the pan, as well as a bit of lemon juice to squirt over top. You don’t NEED to add lemon juice, but it’s terrific!

How do you make almond green beans?

After washing your beans and trimming the ends, I like to give my green beans a quick blanch. This does a couple of things; it cooks them a bit so they become tender more quickly once they’re in the pan, and it also gives the beans a bright green hue. Beautiful!

While I’m blanching the beans, I add a bit of olive oil to a pan and toast the slivered almonds. You only want to keep them in the pan until they turn light golden brown and give off a nice, fragrant smell. Any longer and you may burn your nuts!

Boil the green beans in a pot of water for 2-3 minutes before draining them and submerging them in a bowl full of ice water, to stop the cooking process. Drain them off again and give them a little pat with some paper towels. 

Remove the toasted almonds from the pan, then add a bit more olive oil and allow it to heat up. Add the green beans and stir them around for 3-4 minutes, or until fork tender. I often put the lid on the pan for this part to ensure the beans cook before burning! 

Add in a few minced cloves of garlic and stir fry for a minute or two, then add the almonds back in and stir everything together. Place everything into a serving dish and serve immediately, with a bit of lemon juice drizzled on top!

almond green beans

Can you use frozen green beans for this recipe?

I have not used frozen green beans in my recipe before, but I would think if you thawed the green beans and thoroughly drained them, you could still add them to a pan with hot oil and get a pretty good result!

If you give it a try, let me know!

What do you serve almond green beans with?

We love these green beans on the side with a roast chicken, or these lemon garlic chicken thighs. Any roast meat or grilled steak would be a terrific thing to eat these with! OR, for those holiday dinners, pair these beans with your turkey!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving my friends!!

almond green beans

almond green beans

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almond green beans

Almond Green Beans

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


Almond green beans are the perfect side dish for a holiday meal or just a weeknight dinner! This method for roasted green beans with almonds is the easiest, and you only need 3 ingredients!


  • 1 lb fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt, to taste
  • optional: fresh lemon juice, for serving


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the washed and trimmed green beans and boil for 2-3 minutes, before quickly draining and adding to a large bowl filled with ice water (this stops the cooking process). Pat the green beans dry with paper towels.
  2. In a frying pan over medium heat, warm 1 tbsp of the olive oil for a few minutes before adding the slivered almonds, and toasting for 2-3 minutes, or until light brown and fragrant. Remove the almonds to a separate dish and add the remaining olive oil to the pan. Add the green beans and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently until fork tender. Add the minced garlic and stir around for a minute or so before adding the almonds back to the pan, along with a pinch of salt (or to taste). Serve immediately, with a drizzle of fresh lemon.

Leftover green beans can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days, in the fridge.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: side dishes
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: american
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About Katherine

Heeey! Thank you for stopping by! I like 30-minute dinners and giant peanut butter cups made with only 3 ingredients. I LOVE food! If you do too, you're in the right place.

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  1. I love just plain ol’ steamed green beans so I will definitely have to try these!! I bet they are amazing!