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Green Beans Almondine with Bacon

Jazz up your green bean recipe with this fabulous keto Green Beans Almondine with Bacon dish! With a double hit of flavor from the bacon and almonds, this amazing low carb side dish recipe is easy, packed with flavor, and an impressive addition to any table.

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Tender-crisp green beans, salty bacon, and buttery toasted almonds are a match made in heaven in this vegetable side dish, and this quick and easy dish isn’t just pretty, it’s also delish! It makes the perfect holiday or Christmas side dish, but this elegant side dish will also pair with everyday meals with your favorite main dish. Bored with beans? Give this recipe a try and fall in love with them all over again!

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What You Need to Make Green Bean Almondine with Bacon

Ready for a super simple ingredient list?

  • Green Beans or haricot vert – fresh are best in this easy side dish but frozen will work
  • Bacon
  • Almonds – sliced or slivered
  • Butter

How To Make Green Bean Almondine with Bacon

This is one of my favorite green bean almondine recipes because it is easy, quick, and perfect for making ahead (scroll down to see my tips on making this dish ahead of time.) Plus, anyone can make this dish – just don’t burn the almonds! Scroll down for the full list of ingredients and instructions.

  1. Snip the stem ends off the beans. My mother always insisted on cutting beans into thirds, but I like them whole. However you like them cut – or not cut – is fine!
  2. Cook the green beans in salted boiling water for about 8 minutes or until they are tender-crisp.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a small skillet. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the hot pan.
  4. Toss the bacon and butter with toasted almonds, and spoon this lusciousness over the top of the hot beans.

How to Toast Almonds

If I had a nickel for every batch of nuts I burned…. There’s a saying among chefs, “Turn your back, the nuts will burn.” How true this seems to be! I’m going to give you several ways to toast nuts but they go from untoasted to burned in a nano-second, and the minute you step away or turn your back, they’ll go from golden brown to burned!

  • In a skillet – this is my favorite way to toast nuts for this green beans almondine recipe. I just add the sliced almonds to a dry skillet and put it over a medium heat. I shake the pan to flip the nuts around every 20 seconds or so until they are toasty. Remove them from the pan immediately or they’ll keep toasting and could end up burning, despite being off the heat.
  • In the oven/toaster oven – this method is too much “set it and forget it” for me, but you can put the almonds on a sheet pan and toast them in a 325-F oven for about 8-10 minutes until they’re toasty. Mix them around about halfway through the time. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!
  • How to toast almonds in an air fryer – spread the almonds on a piece of foil or on a pan/dish. Toast them at 325-F for about 4-5 minutes, stirring halfway.
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Green Beans Almondine with Bacon

How To Make Green Beans Almondine with Bacon Ahead of Time

  1. Cook the beans in salted water then shock them in ice water bath to cool them quickly and stop the cooking. This will also preserve their bright green color.
  2. Toast the nuts but keep them separate from the bacon and butter mixture, which you can make ahead of time and refrigerate.
  3. To assemble, reheat the beans by dunking them in boiling water for 2 minutes, or heat them in the microwave. Reheat the bacon/butter mixture and add the nuts and mix well. Dress the hot beans with the bacon/butter/almond mixture before serving.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • I prefer fresh green beans for this easy green beans recipe, but frozen green beans are such good quality these days, that they’ll be just fine. Heat them as per the instructions on the bag, then top them with the bacon-almond topping.
  • Sliced or slivered almonds work well in this jazzed up classic French recipe, but they burn equally quickly so keep an eye on them when toasting them!
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes will add a bit of spice to this dish
  • Jazz up this green bean almond recipe with a bit of sauteed onion or minced garlic

What To Serve With Green Bean Almondine with Bacon

This beans and bacon recipe pairs so well with so many dishes! You can go for something off the smoked meatballs, pair it with a lovely roast beef, or your favorite keto pork recipe like this smoked pork tenderloin. Or, dig into this one pan keto pesto chicken! Versatile and delicious, mix and match your favorite main dishes with this tasty keto side dish recipe!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze Green Bean Almondine with Bacon?

Yes, you can freeze it, but the nuts won’t be quite so crispy and the beans will also lose some of their snap. If that’s fine by you, freeze leftovers in an air-tight zipper freezer bag or vacuum seal them. To thaw, reheat gently in the microwave.

What kind of nuts do I use in green bean almondine?

Almonds are the traditional pick for green bean amandine recipes, but you could swap the almonds for toasted pecans or even walnuts.

Is green beans almondine keto?

Yes! Green beans and almonds both have natural carbs in them so I wouldn’t want to binge on this dish, but in moderation is it just fine for most keto dieters. There are 6 net carbs per serving of this dish.

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Green Beans Almondine with Bacon

Tender-crisp beans are topped with a buttery, crunchy almond and bacon topping that's so good, you'll be asking for seconds!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword almonds, amandine, bacon, green bean almondine, green beans, green beans almondine with bacon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 133kcal
Author Chef Jenn


  • 1 pound green beans
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 tabelspoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  • Cook the green beans in salted boiling water for about 8 minutes or until they are tender-crisp. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a small skillet. Remove all but 2 tabelspoons of the bacon fat. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the hot pan.
  • Toss the bacon and butter with toasted almonds, and spoon this lusciousness over the top of the hot beans.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbohydrates: 6g

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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6 thoughts on “Green Beans Almondine with Bacon”

  1. 5 stars
    What a fabulous way to make green bean! Topping with bacon and almonds make these perfect enough for the holidays. Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This is such a beautiful recipe for green beans almondine! Never have I ever made it with bacon before and I’ve got to say, it’s a game changer. The salty crunch adds so much!

  3. 5 stars
    Such a fantastic way to prepare green beans! I absolutely love the addition of the bacon and almonds. So many wonderful flavors.

5 from 5 votes

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