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Sauteed green beans with onions, garlic and slivered almonds in a serving dish with a spoon.

Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic and Onions

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan


A delicious green bean side dish featuring caramelized onions, garlic and toasted slivered almonds. This dish is perfect for Thanksgiving but can be served anytime of year for a light and healthy side.


  • 1 very large or 2 small yellow onions, about 3.5 cups (425 g) sliced
  • vegetable broth for cooking, up to 3/4 cup
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1.5 lb. green beans (680 g), washed and trimmed
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted


  1. To toast the slivered almonds, place them on a baking tray and bake at 350 degrees F for 5-10 minutes until golden brown. Watch carefully as they can burn quickly. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. To prepare the onions, cut them in half, chop the ends off, peel and then slice each half into approximately 1/4 inch slices.
  3. Add the sliced onions to a large skillet with a pinch of salt and 2 tbsp of the vegetable broth. Heat the pan to medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, for 8-10 minutes until the onions are a light golden brown. If the pan gets too dry, add more vegetable broth 1 tbsp at a time to deglaze the pan, scraping any browned bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon.
  4. Stir in the maple syrup and fresh thyme and cook for a couple more minutes.
  5. Add the green beans, minced garlic, 1/4 cup of the vegetable broth and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 7-8 minutes. Lift the lid and give it a good stir every couple minutes. If the pan is getting too dry, continue deglazing and scraping the pan with 1-2 tbsp broth, repeating as needed. The onions should be starting to caramelize and getting very brown and soft.
  6. Remove the lid and cook for another 3-4 minutes or so, stirring and deglazing with broth as needed, until the green beans are tender but still have a little crunch.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish, top with the toasted almonds. Serve right away.


The recipe makes 4 generous servings but could probably serve 6 if not everyone loves green beans!

Keywords: thanksgiving, slivered almonds, best, healthy, skillet, oil-free