Sautéed Green Beans With Almonds Recipe

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Sautéing adds just the right amount of flavor to green beans. These sautéed green beans with almonds make a delicious side dish you’ll make again and again.

As many of you know, I’m focusing hard on giving you guys recipes that work for the Mediterranean diet right now. While this recipe isn’t specifically Mediterranea, it definitely works for that style of eating. It uses simple, healthy ingredients and gives you fantastic flavor.

A side view of a white crock filled with Sautéed Green Beans With Almonds.

Is This A Green Bean Almondine Recipe?

Basically, yes. With the simple addition of minced shallots, you basically have green bean almandine.

What Spices Go Well With Green Beans?

There are many spices that work well with Sautéed Green Beans With Almonds. Among them are:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Parsley
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Italian Seasoning

What Are The Health Benefits Of Green Beans?

According to WebMd, the benefits of green beans include lots of:

…antioxidants, including vitamin C, flavonols, quercetin, and kaemferol. These antioxidants fight free radicals in the body, which helps to reduce cell damage and may help to lower your risk of certain health conditions.

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A closeup side view of a white crock filled with Sautéed Green Beans With Almonds.

What Can I Add To Green Beans To Make Them Taste Better?

There are all kinds of things you can add to green beans to make them taste great. If you aren’t a fan, you’ll want to doctor them up if you really want to eat them. Spices and other additions are always a great idea. In this case, sautéing them adds a lot of flavor, as do the seasonings. But if the flavors here still aren’t enough for you, you can certainly add just about anything you want to add. But with this recipe specifically, I would recommend parmesan cheese.

Do Green Beans Need To Be Blanched Before Sauteing?

If they are raw, yes. However, because this recipe uses frozen green beans, they are already blanched, so you can skip that. The only thing you need to do is defrost them. I did this in a microwave, but you can also let them sit in the fridge overnight.

What To Serve With Sautéed Green Beans with Almonds

This is one of those great multipurpose side dishes that goes with many types of dishes. You can serve this with pork, chicken, fish, or any number of vegetarian or vegan dishes.

What Else Can I Add To This Sautéed Green Beans With Almonds Recipe?

If you want to play around with the flavors, here are some ideas for additional ingredients you can add to this:

  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Corn – Though I would omit the ground rosemary if you add it.
  • Butter instead of oil
  • Ground beef – Though I would omit the ground rosemary if you add it.
  • Ground turkey
  • Carrots
  • Toasted almonds instead of plain, sliced almonds.
  • Lemon zest – If you enjoy a stronger lemon flavor. Add it to the pot when you add the almonds.
  • Any other vegetable you care to mix in. Just be sure it’s properly cooked before adding it. These green beans don’t cook long enough for some vegetables.
An overhead view of Sautéed Green Beans with almonds in a white crock.

What If I Want To Use Fresh Green Beans For This Sautéed Green Beans With Almonds Recipe?

You absolutely can. But you’ll have to take the extra step of blanching the green beans first after trimming them.

About The Ingredients

Frozen green beans – You can use whole, frozen beans if you wish, but I find that cut beans work much better here. Thaw them fully before using them. You can also use French-style green beans if you choose.

Extra virgin olive oil – Use the best quality oil you can find.

Garlic cloves

Sliced almonds – If you can’t get sliced almonds, chop some almonds into small pieces.

Ground rosemary – Don’t use the un-ground variety. Only use ground.

Salt and black pepper

Lemon juice – Optional for garnish

Freshly parsley – Optional for garnish

How To Make Sautéed Green Beans with Almonds

Sautéed Green Beans With Almonds Recipe ingredients in individual bowls sitting on a sheet pan.

Gather all your ingredients. Thaw the frozen green beans completely and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Minced garlic cooking in oil in a cast iron skillet.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.

Green beans added to minced garlic in a cast iron skillet.

Add the thawed green beans to the skillet. Sauté for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the green beans are tender and slightly caramelized.

Sliced almonds added to green beans in a skillet.

In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the sliced almonds to the skillet and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the almonds are lightly toasted, and the green beans are cooked to your desired level of tenderness.

Mixed green beans and sliced almonds with garlic in a skillet.

Season the green beans and almonds with ground rosemary, salt and pepper to taste.

Squeezing half a lemon into a skillet of green beans.

Optional: Squeeze lemon juice over the green beans for a tangy flavor.

A white crock filled with sautéed green beans and garnished with fresh parsley.

Once done, transfer the green beans and almonds to a serving dish. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley if desired.

Storage

Store these in an airtight container

Freezing

Freezing is not recommended for this recipe.

Reheating

Add a small touch of oil to a skillet and sauté the beans until they are warmed through.

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Sautéed Green Beans With Almonds Recipe

Delicious green beans that make a wonderful side dish for almost any main course.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 144kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. frozen cut green beans (thawed)
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ tsp. ground rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice (optional)
  • fresh chopped parsley (optional for garnish)

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients. Thaw the frozen green beans completely and pat them dry with a paper towel.
    Sautéed Green Beans With Almonds Recipe ingredients in individual bowls sitting on a sheet pan.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
    Minced garlic cooking in oil in a cast iron skillet.
  • Add the thawed green beans to the skillet. Sauté for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the green beans are tender and slightly caramelized.
    Green beans added to minced garlic in a cast iron skillet.
  • In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the sliced almonds to the skillet and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the almonds are lightly toasted, and the green beans are cooked to your desired level of tenderness.
    Sliced almonds added to green beans in a skillet.
  • Season the green beans and almonds with ground rosemary, salt, and pepper to taste.
    Mixed green beans and sliced almonds with garlic in a skillet.
  • Optional: Squeeze lemon juice over the green beans for a tangy flavor.
    Squeezing half a lemon into a skillet of green beans.
  • Once done, transfer the green beans and almonds to a serving dish. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley if desired.
    A white crock filled with sautéed green beans and garnished with fresh parsley.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 784IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg

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