Fasolakia – Greek green beans

  • Side
  • easy
  • 4
  • 1 hour 10 minutes


First published in 2019
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This is a simple and delicious recipe served everywhere in Greece, often eaten as part of a big family meal or as a side to meat dishes. We love to eat Fasolakia with a hunk of crusty bread and a bit of crumbled feta cheese, but you can make it into a more substantial meal by adding some new potatoes and Kalamata olives (this is quite common in Greece). Be sure to use good quality olive oil, and to make up a big batch as the beans are delicious served cold the next day too!




Heat the olive in a heavy bottomed pan and sweat down the onion and garlic with a pinch of salt over a gentle heat. Keep stirring the mix – you want to soften the onion without any colour
Next add the beans and stir to combine, then add the tin of tomatoes and water. Bring to the boil and simmer on a low heat for 45-60 minutes
After this amount of time, the sauce should have reduced and should cling to the tender beans
Taste and season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Fold through the parsley and dill and serve
First published in 2019
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