Fasolakia (Greek Green Beans)


Fasolakia are Greek green beans stewed with olive oil and tomato, with a few pieces of potato added for good measure. This is a main dish in Greece, not a side dish, and a prime example of plant-based eating! Good crusty bread is essential for mopping up the sauce and I always need to have a healthy chunk of feta on the side. Serve fasolakia warm or at room temperature for best flavor.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 small onion, grated

  • 1 ½ pounds fresh green beans, trimmed

  • 4 medium tomatoes, pureed

  • 2 medium yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch white sugar (Optional)

  • 1 cup water, or as needed


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add green beans and stir until coated in oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add puréed tomatoes, potatoes, salt, pepper, and sugar. Stir well, then add enough water to barely cover beans.

  2. Cover the saucepan partially with a lid. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook gently until green beans and potatoes are soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Uncover towards the end of cooking to reduce sauce if it is too watery.


Use Romano beans (also called runner beans) if you can find them. These are the green beans traditionally used in Greece for fasolakia. If you use them, be sure to peel the stringy sides off of the beans using a vegetable peeler, and trim the ends.

I usually add more olive oil than called for here; add 1 to 2 tablespoons more, or to taste, for a delicious result.

For some protein, you can brown 4 to 6 skinless chicken drumsticks in the olive oil before adding the onion, then follow the recipe as written.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

289 Calories
14g Fat
39g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 289
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 317mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 69mg 345%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 1184mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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