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Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dish: Garlic Green Beans

Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dish:  Garlic Green Beans

Finding a gluten-free holiday side dish or two sometimes means making a change or two to a recipe to make it diet acceptable during the holidays. Creamy casseroles are a little bit of work to make gluten-free, so I tend to steer clear of those and make lighter dishes.

gluten-free holiday side - almond green beans

Green bean casserole was long a holiday staple. I can remember mom clearly dumping a can of green beans and a can of cream of mushroom soup in a casserole dish and stirring up then adding breaded fried onions out of a can to the top. That was comfort food at its best, wasn’t it? In the days we didn’t mind so much what came out of those cans!

Nowadays, we do a bit better with healthier options and options that still work out great on a gluten-free holiday dinner table. For our green beans we do sacrifice the deep fried onions and cream of mushroom soup in favor of what might even be a better choice in this Garlic Green Bean recipe. With so much other heavy food on our plates, it’s not such a bad thing to go lighter with an easy to eat veggie dish!

When you saute garlic, make sure you’re using a fairly low heat, and never cook until the garlic turns brown. That makes the garlic bitter and inedible and isn’t going to do your dish any favors. If that happens, best to wipe the pan out and start again! Also, as a shortcut, I like to used jarred garlic this time of year. When there’s time to mince fresh cloves, do it! Otherwise, a little garlic juice and pre-minced garlic does just fine. 

gluten-free holiday side - almond green beans

Garlic Green Beans, a Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dish

Green bean casserole was always a staple in my childhood Thanksgiving feasts. Creamy sauces are tricky to get right without a flour thickener, and I find having a dish sauteed on the stove frees up room in the oven to get dinner out on time.


  • 1 lb green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted


Melt butter in a frying/sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add green beans, garlic and salt and sauté until beans are cooked through, but still crispy—about 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in sliced almonds and serve.

Yummy gluten-free holiday side dish ideas for Thanksgiving and ChristmasIf you’re having yourself a merry little gluten-free Christmas dinner, or gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll want to see our other favorite gluten-free holiday side dish here:

As to how we cook our turkey? Always been a fan of Alton Brown’s brined turkey. Best. Ever. Moist every time. Unless you’re using a Sous Vide, which is equally awesome and a bit easier to manage. 

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.

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