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Greek Green Beans (Fasolakia) | The Mediterranean Dish. Braised Greek green beans with tomatoes, olive oil, aromatics and spices. Tender green beans, so velvety in texture. Satisfying and every bit flavor-packed. A healthy vegan entree or side dish that is so simple to make. Get the recipe on

Greek Green Beans (Fasolakia)

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All-star recipe for Greek Green Beans. Velvety, tender green beans & potatoes, braised in a tomato-olive oil sauce. Flavor-packed, satisfying, vegan, and gluten-free.


  • Greek extra virgin olive oil (I used Private Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 28-oz can peeled whole tomato
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 lb fresh French green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (frozen green beans work wonderfully in this recipe)
  • 3 Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1 lb), cut into small piece (1/2 to 3/4-inch pieces)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a large Dutch Oven, heat 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until tender, stirring occasionally (about 5 mins). Then add the garlic, cumin, and oregano. Cook another 2 mins, stirring regularly, until fragrant.
  3. Add tomatoes, water, bay leaf, beans, and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Raise the heat and bring to a high simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Cover and transfer to the heated oven. Cook until the sauce slightly thickens, and the beans and potatoes can easily be cut with side of your fork; about 35 minutes or so. (It's a good idea to check once partway through cooking, add a little bit of water if needed.)
  5. Remove from oven and stir in 2 tbsp lemon juice and chopped fresh parsley. Stir in a generous drizzle of olive oil (at least another 1/4 cup).
  6. Serve immediately with Greek pita bread or your favorite rustic bread to sop up the sauce!


  • These green beans are also great as a side dish atop Lebanese rice and next to your favorite protein, chicken kabobs, for example. See more suggestions in the post under "what to serve with Greek Green Beans."
  • Recommended for this recipe our Private Reserve or Early Harvest extra virgin olive oil, from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives. And organic ground cumin!
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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Greek