Green Beans With Almonds and Thyme

EASY Green Beans, blanched then sautéed in butter with thyme and toasted almonds, SO GOOD! Perfect holiday side

Green Beans with Almonds and Thyme
Elise Bauer

Green beans are the labradors of the vegetable world, they just seem to get along with everyone! Which is why you will usually find some incarnation of green beans on a holiday dinner menu.

This simple preparation of green beans, with butter, thyme, and toasted almonds, comes from my friend Heidi in Carlisle Mass, and over the years has become one of my favorites.

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Green Beans With Almonds and Thyme

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 pounds (fresh or frozen) green beans, trimmed

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick butter

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped

  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted


  1. Boil the green beans:

    Cook the green beans in a large pot of boiling salted water (1 1/2 teaspoons of salt for every quart of water) until just crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. Shock the green beans in ice water:

    Drain the beans and transfer them to a large bowl of ice water, cooling them completely. (The ice water will shock the beans into a vibrant green color.)

    Drain the beans well. At this point you can make the beans a day ahead and store in refrigerator.

    Alternatively you can steam the beans for 5 minutes and proceed directly to the skillet.

  3. Sauté beans with butter and thyme:

    Melt the butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Whisk in half of the fresh thyme (1 Tbsp), the Dijon mustard and garlic salt into the butter.

    Add the beans to the skillet and toss until heated through, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl.

  4. Sprinkle with toasted almonds:

    and the remaining 1 tablespoon of thyme.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
117 Calories
8g Fat
10g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 295mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 205mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.