Green Beans with Almond-and-Lemon Brown Butter

Green Beans with Almond-and-Lemon Brown Butter Recipe
Photo: Quentin Bacon
Add rich, nutty flavor to green beans by topping the steamed beans with a mixture of browned butter and toasted almonds.


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calories 189
Caloriesfromfat 76 %
Fat 16 g
Satfat 8 g
Cholesterol 31 mg
Sodium 126 mg
Carbohydrate 10 g
Fiber 5 g
Sugars 2 g
Protein 4 g


1 pound green beans, trimmed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup unsalted roasted almonds, chopped
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl.

Meanwhile, brown the butter: Melt the butter in a skillet or small saucepan over medium heat. Swirl or stir the butter with a wooden spoon as it starts to foam and sputter. Remove the butter from the heat as soon as it begins to turn golden brown and smells nutty, about 1 minute.. Add the lemon juice, almonds, and salt. Swirl skillet over heat for 30 seconds more to toast the almonds. Spoon the mixture over the green beans.