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Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic and Almonds

green beans with garlic and almonds on a white plate

Green beans fresh from the farmer’s market are a joy to cook and a delight to eat. Sauté them with lots of fresh garlic and sliced almonds for a simple side dish that everyone in your family will enjoy, even your bean-wary children.

My husband is bean averse, but he loves these green beans. They are best cooked with garlic from the farmer’s market, which bursts forth with deliriously fresh garlic aroma the moment you break open the cloves.

I use three plump garlic cloves for a pound of green beans, but you can use more or less garlic as you wish. I don’t believe there’s such a thing as too much garlic, so if you’ve got it, go ahead and use an entire head of garlic in this dish.

Almonds add crunch and a mild flavor that compliments the delicate flavor of the green beans. I use sliced, blanched almonds, but use sliced almonds with skins if you can find them.

Watch the beans carefully so you don’t overcook them. The beans are done when they’re soft, but still green with a little crunch. (Mushy beans end up getting fed to the dogs in my house.)

This is a good dish to make with kids because it’s simple, quick and delicious. Pretty soon, they’ll be making it for you.

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Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic and Almonds

By Springhouse Turtle Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

Garlic and almonds pair nicely with fresh green beans in this easy to prepare side dish.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, stem end trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper



In a medium sized skillet, heat the oils until they shimmer.


Add the garlic, and sauté until lightly browned and translucent


Stir in the almonds, and cook for 2 minutes.


Add the green beans, dust with salt and pepper, and toss to coat with garlic and almonds.


Cover, and cook 8-10 minutes until the beans are soft, but still crisp.


Serve immediately.

Sauté the sliced garlic in olive and coconut oils until the garlic is soft and a light brown color.

Add a half cup of sliced, blanched almonds.

Toss the almonds with the garlic until completely coated with oil.

Stir in the green beans. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the beans are soft, but still slightly crisp.

Serve immediately.

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