Sunny's Easy Garlicky Lemon Butter Green Beans

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

12 to 16 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed

3 tablespoons butter

2 cloves garlic, grated on a rasp grater or finely minced 

Zest of 1 lemon plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 

1/4 cup slivered almonds


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare an ice bath. Blanch the green beans briefly in the boiling water, then transfer to the ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pan on medium-high heat, add the butter, garlic and lemon juice. When the butter is melted and the garlic is fragrant, add the green beans and toss until just heated through. Taste a green bean and season with salt and pepper if needed. Remove to a serving plate and wipe the pan clean. Add the almonds and lemon zest and quickly toast a minute or two. Sprinkle the toasted almonds and zest over the green beans and serve.