Last Updated on April 10, 2021 by Garden Lady

Green Beans with Almonds

Green beans with almonds is a healthy green beans side dish that you can make year round for family dinners, or for special holiday meals by adding seasonal ingredients. With the addition of cranberries you can serve it for Thanksgiving. Swapping cranberries with pomegranate seeds will make this dish perfect for your Christmas feast.  

By: Garden Lady

I bet you will love this simple yet elegant  green beans with almond recipe.

A note before we dive in – be creative and feel free to swap sliced almonds with shelled pumpkin seeds in the recipe, or cranberries with pomegranate seeds – experiment with what tastes best to you and surprise your family and guests.

If you do not have fresh green beans from your garden – get organic packaged fresh green beans from your grocery store. 

green beans with almonds side dish

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Servings: 4

Prep time:  15 min

Cook time:  10 min


green beans and almond salad ingredients
  • 1 pound of fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 oz of sliced almonds 
  • 1 oz of dried cranberries
  • 1 medium size onion bulb, sliced 
  • ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika 
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 sprigs of thyme, leaves removed from stems

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Step by Step Instructions

  1.  Wash green beans and trim the ends.
green beans in the colander
  1. Add ¼ cup of water  and green beans to a pot, cover with a lid, quickly  bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook beans covered with the lid for 6 minutes. 

Don’t be alarmed that the beans are not covered with water in the pot. Cooking them in the small amount of water with the lid tightly closed will steam green beans which will result in crisp texture.

green beans in the pot

3. When time is up, all water should  evaporate, but if you see any water left, then drain the beans. Stir 1 tablespoon of butter and 1/4 tsp of salt to the cooked green beans in the pot and give it a swirl to melt the butter. 

At this point your green beans are delicious on their own and can be served as a side dish. Look how pretty they are!

cooked green beans

But we will enhance them with additional ingredients and make this green beans with almonds dish holiday-worthy.


So, let’s continue!

Green beans and almonds in the skillet
  1. Fry onions cut in half rings in 1 tablespoon of butter with thyme on high heat for 1 minute. 
  2. Lower heat to medium high , add 1 more tablespoon of butter and sliced almonds and cook one minute more till almonds start to brown.
  3. Add smoked paprika and dried cranberries and continue cooking for 1 minute longer, stirring constantly.
  4. Add cooked green beans to the skillet. Stir well.
  5. Move onto platter and serve.
green beans with almonds and cranberry

Though this green beans side dish tastes the best fresh, it can be made a day ahead and reheated, or shall I say – refried on the skillet. 

Congrats! You just mastered a perfect green beans with almonds dish good for everyday or holiday cooking.

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