Green Beans with Almonds & Crème Fraîche for a Luxurious Side

Green Beans with Almonds & Crème Fraîche

Sides | 21st August 2017 | By

Green beans are in season and at their very best right now. They’re delicious eaten plain or with a little butter, but it’s also good to dress them up a bit. These green beans with almonds & crème fraîche are very simple to make, but add an air of luxury to a meal.

The queen of sides

My mother, as well as being the queen of puddings, was also the queen of side dishes when I was growing up. Meat was something of a luxury in those days, but on the rare occasion we had a roast, the table would be spread with a whole heap of delicious sides. I was never fussed about the meat, but I’d pile my plate high with parsnips in orange sauce, braised red cabbage, Jerusalem artichokes in lemon sauce, green cabbage in cider and roast potatoes, of course. I do love a good side dish.

Green beans with almonds & crème fraîche

Unless we’re entertaining, CT and I tend to live on simple one pot type dishes, but occasionally I like to splash out with an interesting side or two. The other day, I had some green beans and a pot of homemade crème fraïche in the fridge and suddenly the idea for a side of green beans with almonds & crème fraïche popped into my head. The crème fraïche melts slowly over the beans to produce a tangy silky sauce and the almonds give a welcome crunch. At the last minute I scattered some nori seaweed flakes over the beans for additional flavour and nutrition, which proved to be a good move. We ate the beans with homemade bean burgers and the first of this year’s potatoes from the plot. Delicious.

Green Beans with Almonds

I’ve not given any specific quantities in the recipe below as that will depend on how many you’ve got, how much you like beans and how many people you have to feed. You can use any green beans you like, but I used French beans.

Grow your own

This is the first year, I’ve not had our own green beans for a very long time. Green beans, especially runner beans, are one of the easier crops to produce here in the UK. We normally grow a variety of different ones which fill up the freezer nicely and last us for several months. As I’ve probably mentioned more often than is good for me, the deer got into our plot last year and ate pretty much everything, so there’s very little we can actually grow now. Potatoes, garlic, kale and beetroot are all we’ve managed this year apart from some of CT’s weird and wonderfuls. Luckily, the oca seem to be fine.

Green beans with almonds & crème fraîche – get the recipe

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Green Beans with Almonds & Crème Fraîche
Green beans with almonds & crème fraîche
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
A luxurious, but easy to prepare side dish of green beans with almonds & crème fraîche.
Course: Side Dish
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
  • salted water
  • green beans - topped and sliced as appropriate
  • flaked almonds
  • crème fraïche
  • nori flakes optional
  • black pepper
  1. Simmer the beans in a little salted water until just tender. Length will vary according to the type of bean. Drain and place on a warmed serving dish.

  2. Add a large dollop or two of crème fraïche immediately, so it melts over the beans to produce a tangy silky sauce.

  3. Meanwhile, toast a handful or two of flaked almonds in a frying pan until golden. Keep a close eye on them as they can burn very easily.
  4. Scatter the almonds over the beans followed by a few nori seaweed flakes. Finish with a good grinding of black pepper.

Recipe Notes

Keep any water left over from the beans to add to soups, stews or sauces.


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      21st August 2017

      Thanks Helen. The almonds give a delightful crunch and complement the beans nicely.

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    Galina V
    21st August 2017

    A beautiful side dish! Love the addition of creme fraiche and flaked almonds.

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      22nd August 2017

      Me too Angie, though I did find our homegrown new potatoes went rather beautifully with them 🙂

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    Katie Bryson
    22nd August 2017

    What a wonderful idea for perking up a plate of green beans – delicious! Home grown beans are far tastier than anything you get in the supermarket too. I must grow some again next year in our back garden… missing my allotment since we moved. Thanks for contributing to the summer round of Simple and in Season xxx

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    22nd August 2017

    I always have a frozen bag of green beans in the freezer, so tasty! I love how you’ve livened them up in this gorgeous side dish.

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    Emily C
    22nd August 2017

    Green beans are so underrated! Love this idea for a posh side dish. And so simple too xx

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    23rd August 2017

    I do remember the days of lashings of butter with garlic!!! But your idea sounds lovely and will happen very soon.

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    8th September 2018

    I love this idea and will certainly be trying it out with my mountain of runner beans!

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