This easy Almond Garlic Green Beans recipe with a tamari glaze is one of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans! It's incredibly flavorful, and a simple but elegant side dish that's ready in 15 minutes. (Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free.)
These almond garlic green beans are an easy side dish with TONS of flavor! It's one of my favorite ways to prepare green beans.
Plus they come together with just 5 simple ingredients in 15 minutes! The salty, savory tamari sauce is a great pairing with snappy green beans, tender almonds, and flavorful garlic bits. (It's similar to green beans almondine but with tamari instead of lemon.)
This dish is a great choice for summertime, Thanksgiving, and holidays because it's just as tasty when served at room temperature. So you can toss it together on the stove, then set it aside while you assemble your other dishes.
Ingredients for Almond Green Beans
For this recipe you will combine in a large skillet on the stove:
- Fresh green beans: You will need about 12 ounces of green beans. You can use regular garden green beans, French green beans, haricot vert, or even purple or yellow string beans. It's beautiful how they turn a beautiful bright green color after they steam for a few minutes (with perfect crisp-tender crunch!)
- Garlic cloves: You'll need about two cloves garlic for this recipe. However feel free to adjust depending on how much you enjoy the flavor.
- Vegetable broth: Be sure to use low sodium broth if desired.
- Tamari: Or substitute soy sauce or coconut aminos. (To keep this recipe gluten-free, use tamari or coconut aminos.)
- Sliced almonds or almond slivers: These are so tasty, tender, and even add a small source of plant-based protein and fiber to the dish. You can use toasted almonds or raw almonds.
Make it spicy: Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top to taste before serving.
Other nuts: I like almonds best, but you could also try pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, or sprinkle on some Vegan Parmesan Cheese before serving.
Flavors and herbs: Stir in tomatoes, fresh parsley, a touch of freshly grated ginger, salt and black pepper to taste, mushrooms, or anything else that sounds good. If you're not a fan of tamari, you could try squeezing fresh lemon juice instead at the end of cook time.
Richer flavor: For an even richer flavor, you can also include a tablespoon or so of vegan butter to the pan. I keep this recipe oil-free, but you could also add a drizzle of good quality extra-virgin olive oil as well.
You can either serve this dish immediately while warm, or at room temperature. Feel free to garnish with extra almonds, lemon zest, or fresh parsley.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I find it keeps for about 2-3 days. Simple reheat in the microwave when ready to enjoy.
Green Beans with Almonds & Garlic (Oil-Free)
- 12 oz. fresh green beans
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. tamari
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds (or almond slivers)
- Rinse green beans, then trim the ends. Mince garlic.
- In a skillet over medium-high heat, add vegetable broth and bring to a light simmer.
- Once simmering, add green beans. Cover and steam for about 3 minutes.
- Add minced garlic and stir with tongs to combine. Re-cover and cook 2-3 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium-low. Add tamari and almonds. Stir and cook 1 minute, or until desired tenderness. Transfer to a serving dish (be sure to include the tiny but flavorful garlic bits!)
Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)
Sodium: This is omitted as I cannot provide an accurate number. I encourage you to calculate your own to provide a much more precise reading based on the exact ingredients, brands, and amounts you're using.
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