Frizzled green beans almondine is a simple, 6-ingredient side dish that takes around 10 minutes to make. Serve it with some baked tofu and rice or mashed potatoes for a quick, easy supper.
These frizzled green beans are loosely based on one of my favorite dishes from the Whole Foods hot bar. Their frizzled green beans have more of an Asian twist, but these star simpler flavors. Green beans, sliced almonds, black peppercorns, and a little bit of soy sauce and olive oil are all you need to make this recipe.
You can serve these up hot as a side dish for supper, and I also like the leftovers cold the next day. You can eat them on their own or use them to top a lunch-sized salad.
What does frizzled mean?
You can frizzle any long, skinny soft veggie, like green beans, asparagus, or even peppers cut into strips. The method is quick and simple, and the results are super tasty.
Frizzled veggies are cooked with oil over medium high or high heat until they start to look, well, frizzled! They wilt a little bit, and the skin might blister as they soften and blacken slightly. It takes between five and 10 minutes to frizzle veggies. Frizzled green beans take anywhere from six to eight minutes, depending on how hardy the beans you’re using are.
Since you’re going for a blackened-but-not-burnt situation, it’s important that you stir constantly while these cook. Don’t walk away! They can go from perfect to overly-charred pretty quickly, so keep an eye on them.
Frizzled Green Beans Almondine with Black Peppercorns
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cups green beans - or any kind of skinny pole beans, tough ends trimmed off
- 3 cloves garlic - sliced into thin rounds
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Heat the oil on high heat, add the green beans. Cook, stirring constantly, until the beans soften and you’re seeing some browned spots, 4-6 minutes (fatter green beans will need to cook the full 6 minutes. Young, skinny beans will need closer to 4.).
- Add the garlic, soy sauce, and peppercorns and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Same thing here: fat beans will need 2 minutes, skinny ones might just need 1. Keep a close eye, because they can go from frizzled to straight up burnt pretty quickly. Your beans are done when the skin begins to wrinkle, and all of the beans in the pan are at least slightly browned. The skin will wrinkle more after they’re out of the pan, so don’t wait for that fully-done, frizzled look while they’re in the pan.
- Top the beans with the almonds, and serve.