Green Beans Amandine

Green Beans Amandine
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green beans amandine
Simple, yet elegant.

This past Sunday, we had a new — to us — version of risotto that involved fresh lemon juice (you’ll read about that in tomorrow’s post) and we needed a side to go along with it. Preferably a really simple side, since we would be spending a lot of time stirring and cooking the risotto. As it turned out, Green Beans Amandine fit the bill perfectly. Easy and tasty, plus it also uses just a touch of lemon, which would help tie everything together.

While many people think that Green Beans Amandine is simply green beans garnished with almonds, it is just slightly more complicated, which helps to bring out some of the flavors in both the beans and the almonds. This is based on the recipe in Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.

Oh, and it is amandine, not almondine.

Serves 2

Green Beans Amandine

Green Beans Amandine


  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Abbreviated Instructions

In a medium saucepan, steam green beans until tender, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet over low heat, fry almonds in butter, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp. Add lemon juice, remove from heat.

When beans are tender, drain, plate, and pour almonds and lemon butter sauce on top.

Ingredient discussion:

Use fresh green beans. About a month ago, we picked up several bags of frozen vegetables at the store. You know how it is; they were cheap, and, being frozen, they couldn’t be all that bad, right? Well, to be honest, we still have half a bag of frozen green beans just sitting in the freezer waiting for a soup or a casserole — any place the lack of flavor and crispness won’t be noticed. We also bought organic. Now, some people will tell you that, nutritionally, organic produce isn’t any better than produce grown with pesticides. That may be true, but it’s probably better for those people working in the fields. And better for the soil, too. Yes, if possible, use freshly-squeezed lemon juice. There’s something about lemon juice from a bottle that doesn’t taste quite right .

Procedure in detail:

steaming green beans
We don’t have a steaming basket, so we just put the green beans in a saucepan with a small amount of water. It works.

Steam green beans. It would be best if we could have julienned the beans, but, we couldn’t, so after washing and trimming off the tops and tails, we just cut them into 1-inch long pieces. You do what you can, and, in this case, it was better than getting a portion of our finger in the beans. We think you’ll agree. Put the beans in a medium saucepan, add about 1/2-inch of water, cover, and steam over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 20 minutes.

frying almonds
Just plop the butter in a small skillet with the almonds and fry until toasted and crispy.
toasted almonds
If you need to, you can set the toasted almonds aside for a while until the beans finish. Just be sure to wait until you’re ready to serve before adding the lemon juice.

Fry almonds. While the green beans are steaming, fry the almonds in butter over low heat, until toasted and crispy, about 10 minutes. You’ll want to stir occasionally so the almonds don’t burn. It’s okay if the butter browns a bit (but doesn’t burn); that will add a hint of flavor.



add lemon juice
Try to time it so you add the lemon juice right before serving so the lemon juice doesn’t boil away.

Add lemon juice. When the almonds are toasted, add the lemon juice, stir, and remove from heat.



green beans amandine
Green beans amandine is a simple, yet elegant dish.

Plate beans. Once the beans are tender, drain them and place on a plate. Drizzle the sauce and toasted almonds over the top.


Serve immediately.

Taking the few extra minutes to fry the almonds in butter is definitely worth it. It’s not that much trouble and it makes ordinary steamed green beans seem fancy. That said, we’ll admit that we often have green beans plain, too. But, that’s mainly because the side vegetables often get forgotten until the last minute, when it’s too late to add a little extra. What a shame; with a little more planning, we could be eating fancy all the time. Four stars.

Worth the trouble?

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