Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic and Almonds

January 05, 2021

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When cooked just enough but not too much—longer than a flash in a pan but not long enough to turn things to mush—green beans retain their garden-fresh flavor, verdant color, and slight snap. Simple sautéed green beans with garlic, avocado oil, salt and pepper provide an easy 15-minute side dish to any meat, fish, or plant-based protein. Add extra flavor and interest by sprinkling on sliced almonds and spritzing with fresh lemon juice once cooked. You can also add any fresh chopped herbs, or chopped chives. Sauté chopped shallots or leeks along with the green beans if you don't like garlic, and try with toasted pine nuts or pumpkin seeds instead of almonds. Create a Mediterranean version of sautéed green beans by using garlic, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and sliced olives. Give your green beans Asian flare by adding minced ginger, garlic, chopped green onions, and toasted sesame seeds.  

Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic and Almonds Recipe

Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4


A large white bowl filled with raw green beans with a bottle of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil, garlic cloves, and a black dish with salt and pepper next to the bowl. Bowl resting on top of a blue and white napkin.

  • 1 1/2 lbs. trimmed green beans
  • 2 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2-3 Tbsp. water or broth
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, optional 


  • Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and stir until fragrant.
  • Add the green beans. Use a pair of tongs to toss the green beans in the oil as they cook. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the water or broth a tablespoon at a time to prevent the bottom of the pan from burning. Continue sautéing for 5 minutes or so, until the green beans are cooked to your liking.
  • Enjoy as is or top with a sprinkle of sliced almonds and a few wedges of lemon.

Sauteed green beans with sliced almonds and a lemon wedge on a white plate. Sliced, cooked steak on the plate. A fork and knife, blue and white napkin, and Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil is next to the plate.

Nutrition info (per serving):

Calories: 164

Carbs: 13 grams

Fat: 11 grams

Protein: 5 grams

Nutrition info calculated using Cronometer. Nutrition info calculated using chicken bone broth, lemon juice, and sliced almonds.

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