The Best Green Beans Ever

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These are our favorite Green Beans ever! Sautéed on the stovetop with glazed almonds and savory, salty bacon — these are the best!

Seasoned Green Beans on a plate, with a fork on the side.

Why We Love Green Beans

  1. The Best Flavor: They’re enhanced with chicken stock, bacon, garlic, and almonds.
  2. Kid-Approved: Kids of all ages love these.
  3. Special Occasion Worthy: Wow everyone at Thanksgiving or other holidays with them.
  4. Versatile: Pair great with any meal as a side.
  5. High Quality: We use high quality ingredients for high quality flavor.

Melt cubed butter; add sliced almonds, brown and mix in chicken stock, lemon juice and zest; cook until liquid thickens; transfer to a lined plate.


  • Butter & Almonds: Cooked together gives the beans a crunchy topping.
  • Lemon Juice & Zest: Add citrusy flavor to the almonds.
  • Chicken Stock: Enhances flavor; used for cooking almonds and beans.
  • Bacon: Adds smokiness; it’s fat is used for cooking shallots and garlic.
  • Shallot & Garlic: Provide aromatic flavors to your dish.
  • Green Beans: Main ingredient, cooked until tender.


Fresh green beans should snap when bent and be bright green with firm skin. Avoid using if they’re tough, rubbery, slimy, moldy, or have an off smell. Cooked beans last 3-4 days in the fridge; discard if sour or off-smelling.

Cook the bacon and drain; add shallot and garlic to the bacon grease and saute; add trimmed green beans and chicken stock; cover and cook until tender.

How To Make Green Beans

  1. Cook Bacon: Fry until crisp, then set aside, leaving grease.
  2. Sauté Shallot & Garlic: In bacon grease, cook until fragrant.
  3. Add Beans: Coat beans in grease.
  4. Add Chicken Stock: Pour in, cover, cook until tender.
  5. Season: Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Combine with Toppings: Mix in bacon and lemon butter almonds.
  7. Serve: Enjoy immediately.

Green Beans in a serving bowl.

Tips For Success

  • Toast Almonds Slowly: Brown the butter and toast the almonds patiently for an even, flavorful topping.
  • Use Quality Chicken Stock: Opt for good-quality stock like Swanson’s® for better flavor.
  • Dry Beans Well: Ensure beans are dry before cooking to maintain flavor.
  • Taste and Adjust: Taste the dish before serving and adjust seasoning as needed for the perfect flavor balance.

What To Serve With Green Beans

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Green Beans

5 from 2 votes
These are our favorite Green Beans ever! Sautéed on the stovetop with glazed almonds and savory, salty bacon -- these are the best!
Seasoned Green Beans on a plate, with a fork on the side.
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Green Beans

Seasoned Green Beans on a plate, with a fork on the side.
5 from 2 votes
These are our favorite Green Beans ever! Sautéed on the stovetop with glazed almonds and savory, salty bacon -- these are the best!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword green beans
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 as a side
Chelsea Lords
Calories 197kcal
Cost $5.21


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter diced into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice + 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon chicken stock (we love Swanson's!)
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/3 cup shallot very thinly sliced (2-3 small shallots)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound (16 oz.) green beans (Note 1)
  • Fine sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock


  • PREP: Prepare and set out lemon zest, juice, and chicken stock before starting. Line a plate with wax paper and another plate with paper towels. Set aside.
  • LEMON ALMONDS: Melt 2 tablespoons diced butter in large non-stick skillet. As soon as it's melted, add sliced almonds and cook evenly until golden and fragrant, stirring constantly with a (heatproof) spatula for about 5 to 8 minutes. Then, add lemon juice, lemon zest, and 1 tablespoon chicken stock. Continue stirring until liquid thickens, about 1 minute. Transfer mixture onto wax paper-lined plate using a spatula and set aside.
  • BACON: Return empty skillet to stovetop, and add diced bacon. Cook over medium heat, until bacon fat is rendered and bacon is browned. Taking care to leave bacon grease behind, remove bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towel-lined plate. Leave all bacon grease in pan and reduce heat to low. Add in thinly sliced shallots and garlic. Cook, over medium-high heat for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  • GREEN BEANS: Add in green beans and stir to coat with tongs. Add in 1/2 cup chicken stock. Stir again. Cover pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beans are mostly tender, about 7-10 minutes (if liquid has all evaporated and beans aren't tender, the heat might be too high- add in a splash more chicken stock). Remove lid and cook over medium-high heat until all liquid has evaporated, another 2-4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (I add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.)
  • FINISHING: Remove from heat and, using the spatula, scrape everything from the wax paper-lined plate onto the beans (including any butter that has hardened). Add in the bacon and gently stir to combine. Serve immediately.


Recipe Notes

Note 1: Wash and dry green beans. Trim if necessary. Alternatively, buy pre-washed green beans for convenience.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 638IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    One of my younger sisters asked me recently if I ever make green beans. I said no, because I never really liked them when I was growing up. I was scrolling through Pinterest when I came across a green bean recipe,and I asked my husband if he liked green beans. He said he loved them, so I decided if he loved them, I would give them a try. I pinned a few different recipes–this being one of them. This was the recipe my husband wanted to try first. It was AMAZING! These were so flavorful and delicious! This is the kind of green bean recipe that people need to make for Thanksgiving dinner! This is a keeper! Thanks for making me a believer!

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