Blistered Green Beans with Crushed Almonds

By Amanda Paa – Updated April 4, 2023
5 from 1 vote
Blistered and charred from a hot roast in the oven and tossed with fresh lemon, dill, and crushed almonds, this recipe is always a winner. It's a great side dish in Spring or Fall, and a delicious option for a healthy side dish.
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Although I named this post after a simple recipe, it could very well be “How I Came to Love the Humble Green Bean.” Blistered and charred from a hot roast in the oven and tossed with fresh lemon, dill, and crushed almonds, this recipe is always a winner.

How to Make Blistered Green Beans

Blistered Green Beans with Crushed Almonds {paleo, vegan}

A recent trip to the farmer’s market led me to give them one more chance. I find that making my way to different markets always lends a unique experience. Different growers, different specialities, different vibes.

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Bushels of green beans were waiting to be preserved into spicy dilly beans, but I’ve never had much luck with that. Instead I took some home with the recommendation of the young man behind the table who said, “Blister them – not on the stovetop but in a really hot oven. They’ll transform from cold and tough, to charred and crisp.”

I’ve found that more often than not, the hands that grow what we eat know best. The thermometer rose higher and higher throughout the day, but I trusted the young man. Soon I was cranking up the oven to let the magic happen.

As I could hear them sizzling and sputtering, I thought about the power of in-person connections, and how they will never be replaced by online/social interaction. Ever.

Ingredients for this Recipe

Hot and crispy, I popped them into my mouth, straight off the pan…….. And silently thanked the young gentlemen for convincing me that green beans could find a way to my heart.

To brighten them I added a splash of fresh lemon juice (tip: a little acid always brings out the best in vegetables) and dill. And for texture, crushed almonds were the perfect last minute addition.

So simple – five ingredients, one pan, lots of flavor. I know some of you are married to your traditional way of cooking green beans but if you’re looking for a new version, this blistering technique is a winner. And when you’re on your next market adventure, don’t hesitate to ask the lovely person behind the stall for a few tips. Their advice might just change your mind on some humble vegetable.

5 Ingredient Blistered Green Beans with Crushed Almonds {gluten-free, vegan}
Blistered Green Beans with Crushed Almonds & Dill {via heartbeet kitchen}
Blistered Green Beans with Crushed Almonds {via heartbeet kitchen}

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Blistered Green Beans with Lemon & Crushed Almonds

Blistered and charred from a hot roast in the oven and tossed with fresh lemon, dill, and crushed almonds, this recipe is always a winner.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :20 minutes
Total Time :30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Amanda Paa

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon + one extra pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup finely crushed roasted almonds
  • Flaky sea salt to finish

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Toss green beans with olive oil and salt, then spread in one layer on a large sheet pan.
  • Roast for 10 minutes, then stir to flip some of the beans over, and roast another 8-10 minutes, until green beans are charred and blistered.
  • Remove from oven and stir in lemon juice and dill, then top with crushed almonds and flaky sea salt.

Notes

*There are two keys to this recipe – making sure your oven is hot enough (don’t put the beans in until it reaches the correct temp even if you are rushed), and spreading them in an even layer on the pan so they aren’t crowded. I use a large half sheet pan like this. Although you may be tempted to use a ton of beans, I tested the proportion of oil to beans to get them to be be charred and crisp.

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July 30, 2015

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24 comments

  1. Billy

    I love how this recipe looks. I love green beans and the way you have all these ingredients paired together looks so delicious. Can’t wait to try it at home! I love dill too, so glad you added that too.

  2. Nix

    Is the oven 400F or C?

    • amandapaa

      400 F! i’ve just updated to clarify. enjoy.

  3. Stephani @ In Fine Fettle

    These are great. I’ve made them twice now!

    • amandapaa

      hooray! green beans are cool again. :)

  4. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    I love this story, Amanda! It’s so true! Our farmers know their veggies for sure. I find taking their lead in recommending how to prepare veggies has ensured success time and time again. It’s so fun! I’ve never blistered green beans, and I eat a lot of them this time of year. So I’ll be trying your recipe on my next batch of beans! Love the addition of dill, lemon and almonds… so simple, yet so delicious! Thank you for this!

  5. genevieve @ gratitude & greens

    Growing up I ate a Chinese version of blistered green beans with minced pork, chili, and garlic. They were so good, and are definitely one of the dishes I miss the most as a vegetarian! Blistered veggies are just the best.

  6. Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits

    They look delicious Amanda! love green beans cooked this way, so much nicer than boiling them :)

  7. Jill

    Made these the other night – YUM! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Amanda Paa

      Yay! so glad you enjoyed the recipe Jill and thanks for sharing, xo.

  8. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    Well, I’m delighted to report that I have had amazing success with my green beans this year (err, my first year ever). Never would I have thought it possible, darkish thumb and all, to grow such an endless array of delicious veggies from our humble garden. But it’s happening and I cannot wait to try this recipe. You make beautiful food Amanda (and that bowl… earthy and gorgeous!)

    • Amanda Paa

      Oh wonderful – yay for a bountiful garden! Some day I hope to have more room to be able to grow more of my own food. If you make the recipe, be sure to let me know your thoughts. xo

  9. Jennifer @NourishedSimply

    Green beans are a staple in our house. Everyone loves green beans, but we do need to jazz them up a bit. This recipe is perfect!

    • Amanda Paa

      they can always use a little pizazz right? thanks for stopping by jennifer!

  10. Carol Bisson

    Will have the season’s first winter squash at the market tomorrow. Hoope to see you!

    • Amanda Paa

      Dang, I’m heading out of town this week, but when I get back I’ll be sure to stop down and see you! xo

      • Carol Bisson

        We’ll be there. Have a new squash for you to try too!

  11. kristie {birch and wild}

    Beautiful Amanda! I will definitely be trying this because I am also not a huge fan of green beans, but I am growing some this year and they are about to be very abundant, so this will be a good way for me to start cooking them. Thank you!

  12. Sherrie

    This is my kind of recipe Amanda, and it is SO PRETTY!!!

    • Amanda Paa

      so much good produce right now…. feels like not enough time to fully embrace it all! xo

  13. Jayme

    I love green beans! Can’t wait to try this :)

  14. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    These look amazing…I often do this and add a splash of lemon (I do it with asparagus too) but I love the addition of the almonds! I need to try that!

    • Amanda Paa

      yes, the lemon always brightens vegetables! they love a little zing.

  15. Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    This is just gorgeous Amanda and roasted and grilled green beans are my favorites, I cannot wait to try these.