A simple side dish is all you need at times, and lemon garlic green beans is most certainly a simple side dish. 

I’m a fan of mixing textures, so along with the lemon and garlic in these beans, I added some toasted almonds, totally makes this dish for me.


Lemon Garlic Green Beans by Diverse Dinners


It’s amazing how wonderful a few ingredients can taste – sautéd, drenched, tossed and toasted. Just like magic, you have something beautiful to share.

There were a lot more beans on this plate when I first started to shoot them. Not surprisingly, the lemon and garlic scent kept wafting, taunting me until I started to pick at these lemon garlic green beans, one after another, after another. I’m glad I had just enough restraint to get a pic to share with you.

The secret to cooking greens beans that have bite and still hold their green color, is to halt the cooking process once they are tender. A bowl of ice water should be ready to bathe the beans in until they cool, only then will the cooking process stop.

Cooking green beans is therapeutic to me. I always feel as if I’m nurturing the beans into a tasty presentation. The final result is a gorgeous side dish full of nutrients. Clean eating at its best.


Serves 4

Lemon Garlic Green Beans

3 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

11 minTotal Time

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  • 1 lb green beans (trimmed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp almond slices (toasted)
  • Equipment & Utensils
  • 1 medium sauce pan
  • Colander
  • Bowl of ice water
  • 1 medium sauté pan


  1. Fill a saucepan to 2/3 its volume with water.
  2. Add salt until you are able to taste the salt, then heat the water on high until bubbling.
  3. Add the beans and leave uncovered.
  4. Cook until beans are tender but still have bite (approx. 6 mins)
  5. Tip beans into a colander and allow to drain.
  6. Then immediately transfer them into the ice water until the beans are cool.
  7. Drain the beans, and set aside.
  8. Heat oil in sauté pan on medium heat, then add butter.
  9. As the butter begins to melt add garlic and sauté until golden.
  10. Remove from heat and add beans and toss.
  11. Add lemon juice and toss once more, then transfer to serving plate.
  12. Sprinkle with almonds and serve immediately.


To toast almonds, simply sprinkle a layer of almond slices on a baking sheet. Place in a preheated oven at 450 for approx. 1 min. Allow to cool before using in a recipe.