This Seasoned Green Bean Recipe is the perfect side dish to so many meals. They are crisp and bright and the ideal compliment for all of your fish-forward main dishes.
The lemony garlic butter in these green beans is perfectly balanced, and the toasted sliced almonds and parmesan cheese take the flavor profile right over the top.
The cooking process takes just 15 minutes from sautéing to plating and even your pickiest eater will be asking for seconds.
What you need to make this recipe:
Before we get to the step by step directions, a few notes about the ingredients:
Green beans: the recipe allows for either frozen or fresh green beans. Frozen are crisp and delicious all year round, so that's my first choice. If using fresh green beans, plan to add a few tablespoons of water or low sodium stock to the pot when cooking.
Almonds: sliced, toasted almonds are ideal in this recipe. Substitute slivered or diced toasted almonds or toasted pine nuts, if needed.
Vegan: if you want to make this side dish vegan, use olive oil in place of butter and substitute nutritional yeast for the parmesan garnish.
Full ingredient list and measurements included in the printable recipe card below.
Step by step instructions:
Step 1: Start the Garlic Party
Melt butter in a large pot or skillet (with a lid) over medium heat. Add grated or diced garlic cloves and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Step 2: Add Seasoning and Beans
Add salt, pepper, lemon juice and green beans to the pot.
Toss the ingredients to coat the beans, then cover the pot and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. I prefer beans to still be a bit crisp and bright green. Feel free to cook the beans to your preferred texture.
Remove the lid and stir the beans occasionally to monitor cooking. (Cook time will vary based on the size of your green beans, so monitor and remove from heat when finished).
Step 3: Finishing Touches
Once beans are nearly cooked through, remove lid and add toasted almond slices, lemon zest and diced parsley. Toss to combine.
Step 4: Garnish and Serve
Plate the seasoned green beans and garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese.
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FAQ's and Serving Suggestions:
Depending on what you're serving with your beans, you have a variety of options. Some of my favorite seasonings for green beans include garlic, lemon and butter (like this recipe), roasted in the oven with a good pinch of salt and black pepper, or quickly sautéed with sesame oil, soy sauce and a bit of chili crisp.
My usual choice for this simple side dish is a bag of frozen haricot verts, or thin, whole French green beans. They cook quickly and bring consistently crisp, fresh flavors to this dish. If using fresh beans, string beans or even the flat Italian green beans would be good options for this vegetable side dish. Cooking times may vary depending on the size and thickness of the beans (Italian beans may take 2-3 minutes longer), so keep an eye on the clock and test the beans before removing them from the heat. Also plan to add a couple of tablespoons of water or stock to the pot if using fresh beans.
Absolutely - I would recommend a quality extra virgin olive oil as a substitute for butter. This is a simple recipe so each ingredient has to bring a lot of flavor. As such, I recommend you avoid neutral oils that don't offer much flavor or nuance. Then omit the parmesan, use a vegan version, or substitute nutritional yeast.
To store, place leftover green beans in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days. To reheat, add a tablespoon of butter or stock to a pot and heat over medium until the beans are warmed through.