Best Sous Vide Green Beans with Almonds, Citrus, and Garlic Recipe

This recipe was written by Stephanie Searor, MS RD LDN

Looking for a way to spice up your recipes, and need to refresh your same old green beans? Switching up the routine by adding citrus is a great way to punch up flavor. This recipe uses both juice and zest from lemons, but you could play around with Meyer lemons, oranges, or even limes. Fresh green beans are easy to find throughout most of the year, and are much better than canned or frozen.

The nice thing about cooking these green beans sous vide is that it allows for more time to prep your other dishes. And, if you want to, they can hang out in the water until it’s time to serve. Just a quick sprinkle of toasted almonds is all you need to finish this great dish.

Sous Vide Green Beans With Almonds, Citrus, And Garlic Recipe

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Sous Vide Green Beans with Almonds, Citrus, and Garlic Recipe

Total prep time: 15 minutes

Total cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves 4


  1. 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  2. 2 tablespoons salted butter, cubed
  3. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (about ½ teaspoon each or more)
  4. 2 cloves raw garlic, thinly sliced or minced
  5. juice and zest from two lemons (about one tablespoon zest and ¼ cup juice)
  6. ¼ cup raw slivered almonds


  • Prepare a sous vide container with enough water to submerge the beans. Preheat to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a vacuum bag or heat-safe zip top bag, place the green beans, butter, salt, pepper, and garlic. Flatten out as much as possible.
  • Remove the air and seal. When the water is heated, submerge in the cooking water and cook for one hour.
  • When it’s nearly time to serve, toast the almonds over low heat in a pan, stirring constantly so that they don’t burn. The almonds are toasted when they begin to brown and smell toasty and nutty.
  • Transfer the green beans along with the cooking liquid to a serving bowl. Toss with the lemon juice and zest, taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Garnish with the toasted almonds and serve.

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