This sauteed green beans recipe is a quick go-to filler in our house. Have a stir fry that needs more vegetables? Add sauteed fresh green beans. Entree need a quick side dish? Add green beans. This dish of sauteed green beans with almonds and caramelized onions, even though it looks cohesive and planned, is super quick to whip up.
And if you haven’t tried green beans and almonds together yet, you’re in for a special treat. The almonds give the green beans almondine a slight crunch that’s amazing.
If you picture “bland” when you think of green beans, think again. This healthy sauteed green beans recipe is full of flavor.
How To Cook Sauteed Green Beans
When I tell you that I throw these green beans almondine together, I mean it. The name sounds fancy, but I promise green beans and almonds are super easy to cook together.
Here are the quick and easy steps for how to make green beans almondine:
- Blanch green beans in boiling water. It’s SUPER fast! Just bring salted water to a boil, add the green beans, then boil for about 2 minutes.
TIP: Run the blanched green beans under ice cold water right after blanching and draining, to stop the cooking process.
- Caramelize the onions. This is the longest part, but worth the wait. Onions usually take 10-20 minutes to caramelize.
- Toast the almonds. It only takes about a minute!
- Add the green beans. Drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then serve!
See, I wasn’t kidding about how easy this green bean recipe is! Enjoy!
Sauteed Green Beans Recipe Variations
This green beans almondine is easy to make adjustments to. Try some of these ideas to transform this healthy green bean recipe:
- Bacon – These are the best green beans ever, but when you add bacon, they just might be even better. 😉
- Garlic – Not only does this easy green bean recipe taste great with onions, but it’s also pretty amazing with garlic, too. Just add in some mixed garlic when you are sauteing the almonds – you don’t want to add it sooner or it will burn.
- Mushrooms – Anyone who loves mushrooms is going to fall in love with the combination of these skillet green beans and mushrooms together. You’d want to saute the mushrooms together with the onions if you want to include them.
- Carrots – Thinly slice Julianne style carrots and toss them into the pan. They add some extra flavor and color to the dish.
Are Green Beans Healthy?
Yes, this sauteed green beans recipe is healthy. Green beans are packed with fiber, folic acid, potassium, and vitamin K.
Unless you add a bunch of unhealthy ingredients (which we aren’t!), you can’t go wrong with sauteed green beans with almonds.
Can I Use Frozen Green Beans?
Yes, you can use frozen green beans for this green beans side dish.
The flavor and texture of fresh green beans is better, but if you can’t find them, frozen will suffice.
TIP: You can blanch the green beans right from the freezer in the first step of this sauteed green beans recipe – it just takes an extra couple of minutes.
How Do You Store Sauteed Green Beans With Almonds?
Leftover sauteed green beans with almonds will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. You can make a larger batch ahead of time, then grab them for lunch or a fast dinner if you enjoy meal prepping.
Reheat the easy green beans in a skillet with a little splash of oil. Toss them a few times until they are hot. You can also heat them in the microwave quickly instead.
Can You Freeze Sauteed Fresh Green Beans?
Yes, you can freeze sauteed fresh green beans for 1-2 months. Defrost the sauteed fresh green beans in the refrigerator, warm up and serve.
More Paleo Side Dishes
These sauteed fresh green beans aren’t the only delicious side dish we have. Try some of my reader favorite paleo side dishes with your dinner tonight:
- Spicy Asian Green Beans – I love the subtle heat in these green beans. Another easy green bean stir fry!
- Prosciutto Wrapped Balsamic Green Beans – A great option for making fresh green beans in the oven.
- Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts – You can never have too many veggies, right?!
- Maple Glazed Carrots – A wonderful option if you’re craving a sweeter veggie side dish.
Sauteed Green Beans Almondine Recipe
See how to make green beans almondine in just 20 minutes! This easy sauteed green beans recipe with almonds and caramelized onions makes a quick weeknight side dish. Can't go wrong with green beans and almonds together!
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- 1 lb Green beans (trimmed)
- 1/2 medium White onion (thinly sliced)
- 1/4 cup Slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoons Olive oil (divided)
- 1/2 medium Lemon (juiced)
- Sea salt (to taste)
- Black pepper (to taste)
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
Bring a pot of salt water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch for about 2 minutes, until crisp tender. Drain and run cool water over them to stop the cooking process.
In a large pan over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of olive oil. Sauté the onion for 10-15 minutes, until golden and caramelized.
Stir in the remaining one tablespoon olive oil and the almonds. Let the almonds toast for about 1 minute.
Stir in the green beans and toss. Season with salt and pepper, and the juice from 1/2 a lemon.
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutrition Information Per Serving
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