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Traditional Greek Green Beans recipe (Fasolakia Giaxni)

Traditional Greek Green Beans recipe (Fasolakia Giaxni)

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Hearty, healthy and bursting with fresh and vibrant colors and flavors. This traditional Greek green beans recipe (Fasolakia giaxni) will certainly amaze you! Green beans, sweet onions and fresh, juicy tomatoes cooked the authentic Greek way, creating an all time favorite vegetarian dish. One can find many variations of this traditional Greek dish, with the most popular being this classic version and the Greek green beans with potatoes and sometimes zucchinis (courgettes). So feel free to experiment by adding different types of vegetables.

Greek green beans (fasolakia) are cooked with a basic Greek cooking teqnique, called “Giaxni”, which means ‘steamy’. ‘Giaxni’ is a very popular technique used in different kinds of traditional Greek recipes, which may include meat, fish or vegetables and cooked in a large pan. To prepare this Greek green beans recipe (fasolakia giaxni), the onions are first sautéed, until tender and sweet and the beans are simmered in a tomato based sauce, until all the flavors mingle, and garnished with chopped parsley.

This traditional Greek green beans recipe falls under the category of Greek dishes called “Ladera”, meaning Greek dishes prepared only with olive oil, with no addition of other fat. So make sure to use some good quality extra virgin olive oil, which will give its own, unique taste to this dish! Enjoy this delicious traditional Greek green beans dish (fasolakia giaxni) as a hearty vegetarian meal or as a delicious side dish. Don’t forget to garnish with some salty, crumbled feta on top!

Ingredients

  • 1250g green beans, trimmed (45 oz.)
  • 3/4 of a cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 onions, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 750g ripe tomatoes, grated (27 oz.)
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 2 tbsps chopped parsley
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. To prepare this traditional Greek green beans recipe, start by washing thoroughly the green beans. Drain them in a colander and set aside.
  2. Heat half the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until transculent and tender. Stir in the garlic, the grated tomatoes, the rest of the olive oil and a pinch of sugar and bring to the boil. The traditional recipe for Greek green beans calls for fresh ripe tomatoes, but if you like you can substitute with canned chopped tomatoes, or Passata tomato juice.
  3. Add the green beans and blend well, so that the green beans are coated with the olive oil and the tomatoes. Turn the heat down, cover with the lid and simmer for 40- 45 minutes, until the beans are soft and most the juices have evaporated. During cooking, check out if the pan appears to be getting dry and add a little bit hot water if needed.
  4. Towards the end of cooking time season with salt and pepper and stir in the chopped parsley.
  5. Serve the Greek green beans (fasolakia giaxni) warm or at room temperature with salty crumbled feta cheese and lots of Kalamata olives. Enjoy!

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  2. This dish is delicious, I can’t wait to have some fasolakia for dinner with olive oil and fresh tomatoes 😛

  3. Delicious recipe- ευχαριστώ!

  4. Jennifer says:

    This was AMAZING – thank you for sharing! I had some garden tomatoes, frozen whole during the summer when I had too many to keep up with canning, and was able to grate them directly (frozen!) into this dish. What a treat during Lent, when the flavor of fresh tomatoes is but a distant memory. It was the main dish of our meal, and all my kids gobbled it up.

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  6. Exact same recipe i was given in Naxos last year, makingbthis now to go with Stifado!
    Really impressed with this site, thank you.

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  9. Cyndi Morton says:

    This is exactly how my Mom and Yiayia taught me to make them. 💚💜💙

  10. Can I use runner beans?

  11. Love makin fasolaki I like puttin chicken thighs my kids love it , crusty bread to mop up the sauce, ha ha reminds me of Yaya …richie.

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