Overhead View Of Green Beans Almondine On A White Serving Platter.

Green Beans Almondine – A Quick and Easy One-Skillet Side Dish

Green beans almondine is a great alternative to the more traditional green bean casserole you’re used to seeing at holiday meals and get-togethers. These green beans are elevated by the toasty crunch from the almonds and the freshness and balance from the lemon. Best part? This side dish can be made all in one skillet making it as easy as it is delicious.

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Green Beans Almondine is an Easy Side Dish

Don’t let the fact that this is a classic French dish scare you. Green beans almondine is incredibly accessible, easy and affordable. 

In fact, this dish is so simple, it can be made from start to finish in one 12” skillet. And I’m a huge fan of fewer dishes. I mean, am I the only one who feels as though they’re constantly washing dishes?!  

This version of green beans almondine also utilizes frozen, French-style green beans, or haricots-verts, so there’s no trimming or cleaning involved. Also, since they’re thinner than regular green beans, they cook faster which is a big plus when cooking for a crowd or on busy weeknights.

Overhead Close Up Of Green Beans Almondine With Almonds, Bacon and Serving Spoon.

The Ingredients In Green Beans Almondine

Quite literally, almondine in French simply means ‘almond garnish’. So no fancy culinary techniques or ingredients here. We’re simply adding almonds to the mix.

The almonds add texture and interest to this side dish. Toasting the almonds brings out their flavor and adds depth to the overall dish. 

Traditionally, nuts are toasted in a dry skillet, but by toasting them in the same skillet used to cook the bacon and adding a pad of butter, you’re cutting down on dishes and adding another whole layer of flavor to the mix. 

We eat a lot of green beans in our house. I daresay it is our favorite green veggie right after broccoli. So we always keep frozen green beans on hand. I prefer the French style for most things as I think they take on flavors a little better, and they cook quickly. 

However, in the summertime, when green beans are in abundance from the garden, I skip the frozen and go straight for the home-grown green beans. There’s nothing quite like cooking and eating food you’ve grown yourself!

The lemon in this recipe adds brightness without being overpowering. I love adding citrus when cooking. The acid brings much-needed balance to so many dishes. Lemon, in particular, just makes things taste fresher, too. 

Pro tip: If you’re pressed for time or otherwise don’t want to fool with zesting the lemon, you can still utilize the peels. Place saved peels in a glass jar, cover with white vinegar and refrigerate for two weeks. After that, strain the peels and add equal parts of your citrus vinegar and distilled water to a spray bottle. Ta-da! Homemade all-purpose cleaner!

In our house, bacon is a food group. It also feels like such a natural partner to green beans. So, of course we add bacon to our green beans almondine. This is also a great way to use leftover bacon (on those rare occasions when such a thing exists).

Overhead Shot of Green Beans In Serving Dish Topped With Bacon and Almonds Next to Glass Bowls.
Close Up of Green Beans Almondine With Bacon and Almond Garnish.

Method

Chop bacon with sharp knife and fry over medium heat in a 12” skillet until crispy. Pro-tip: To make bacon easier to chop, place package in freezer for 10-15 minutes before ready to cut. 

Remove from skillet and transfer to paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Drain excess bacon grease from skillet.

To the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon of butter and melt over medium-low heat. Add the almonds and cook for 3-4 minutes or until toasty and golden brown. 

Remove the almonds from the skillet. 

Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the green beans to the skillet along with about ¼ cup of water or stock. 

Cover and cook for about 2 minutes. 

Uncover and allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes until most of the liquid has cooked off. 

Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, almonds and bacon back to the skillet with the green beans and season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Sauté for a minute or two to warm and get everything incorporated. 

Garnish with the reserved almonds and bacon, serve immediately and enjoy!

Green Beans Almondine In Serving Dish With Glass Bowl in Background.
Overhead Close Up Of Green Beans Almondine With Almonds, Bacon and Serving Spoon.

Green Beans Almondine

Green beans almondine is a great alternative to the more traditional green bean casserole you’re used to seeing at holiday meals and get-togethers. These green beans are elevated by the toasty crunch from the almonds and the freshness and balance from the lemon. Best part? This side dish can be made all in one skillet making it as easy as it is delicious.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 232 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 12 oz bags of frozen, French-style green beans
  • ½ lb. bacon
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 small lemon, juice and zest
  • ¼ cup water or stock
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Chop bacon and fry over medium heat in a 12” skillet until crispy.
  • Remove from skillet and transfer to paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Drain excess bacon grease from skillet.
  • To the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon of butter and melt over medium-low heat. Add the almonds and cook for 3-4 minutes or until toasty and golden brown.
  • Remove the almonds from the skillet.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the green beans to the skillet along with about ¼ cup of water or stock.
  • Cover and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Uncover and allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes until most of the liquid has cooked off.
  • Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, almonds and bacon back to the skillet with the green beans and season to taste with salt and pepper. Reserve some of the bacon and almonds for garnish if desired.
  • Sauté for a minute or two to warm and get everything incorporated.
  • Garnish with the reserved almonds and bacon, serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

Pro-tip: To make bacon easier to chop, place package in freezer for 10-15 minutes before ready to cut.
Keyword Green Beans, Side Dish, Green Beans Almondine

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Amanda
Amanda
5 months ago

Looks yum! Will try it (minus the bacon for me!).
Love anything with beans…

Daphne
5 months ago

This looks amazing- I’ve printed it for our master recipe binder LOL

Christine
5 months ago

5 stars
OMG! This looks so good. We eat a lot of green beans as well. I love that you added in the almonds for a toasty crunch. I will definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing.

Christina
5 months ago

OMG, it looks so yummy! putting on my rotation this week:)

Nury - Her New Habits
5 months ago

I love green beans and cooking at home, but I didn’t know about this recipe. I also love almonds so I’ll give it a try to this recipe for sure. Thanks for the idea 🙂

Courtney
4 months ago

5 stars
We love green beans and this recipe looks delicious!

Tianna
2 months ago

Sounds like a great side dish, definitely will be trying it