Green beans with almonds are a fast and healthy side dish. Sautéed with garlic, onions and orange juice, topped with crunchy nuts.
Have you ever had mushy and overcooked green beans that seem more like a punishment than a delight to eat? I’ve never had a bad relationship with green beans unless you try and give them to me from a can. I wanted to keep this citrus green bean with almonds recipe easy and flavorful.
It will take under 20-minutes to prepare, no lie! This recipe is the perfect holiday or weekday side dish because it’s quick and can be the last thing you cook before serving. It’s so simple! No need to make meal time any more difficult, this dish is operator friendly.
Cooking green beans just right is crucial, especially since it’s the star of this dish. The thing about vegetables is that you have to pay close attention to the cooking time to keep them a beautiful bright green color with crunchy texture.
As you have probably experienced in the past, it can quickly turn from bright green to yucky brown in just a matter of minutes. One of my first lab assignments in college was to study the effect of blanching time on the color and texture of green beans, super nerdy and super awesome, I know!
I’m not a big fan of drowning green beans with a dense, rich sauce. They are so delicious when cooked to just the right crispness and tossed with some fresh flavors.
Sautéed red onions and garlic to give a gentle savory kick to the dish. I then stirred in fresh squeezed orange juice and aromatic zest to elevate the natural sweetness and fresh taste of the beans. Right before serving sprinkling some sliced almonds adds a little extra crunch with each bite.
To successfully cook tender, crisp and bright green beans, the most important thing to remember are these three words “blanch and shock.” It’s the cooking and cooling technique you can use for any green vegetables to preserve color and texture. Learn how to cook green beans so you can master the technique!