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Turkish Green Beans (Zeytinyağlı Taze Fasulye)

Like most traditional Turkish olive oil dishes, green beans are cooked only with olive oil. Olive oil dishes

taste remarkably better when they’re served cold next day; and are usually summer dishes.



1 pound of fresh green beans (or 1 pack of frozen green beans – French or Italian style cut)

1 big onion, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, sliced or chopped

2 big fresh tomatoes, finely chopped, grated, or blended (or 1 can of small diced tomatoes)

1/4 tsp sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup hot water



1/8 tsp ground cumin

pepper/ crushed pepper

1 tbsp tomato paste


– If you’re using fresh green beans, clean, cut the stem end off and trim the beans to 1 ½ inch pieces.

– Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the chopped onions and garlic until lightly brown.

– If you want to use tomato paste, add it at this point and stir for one minute.

– Add the beans and stir them until they change color slightly (app. 6-8 mins).

– Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes and then add sugar, cumin and pepper, salt and water.

– Cover the pan and cook with low heat until the beans are soft (30 mins with frozen beans – 45 mins

with fresh ones).

If you have a pressure cooker, after adding everything, cook it for 15 minutes on medium.

***This is a vegetarian spring and summer time dish. ENJOY !!!


This recipe as well as many more delicious recipes can be found at All Most Turkish Recipes.

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