Almost Turkish Recipes

Turkish Green Beans (Zeytinyağlı Taze Fasulye)

1 pound of fresh grean beans or
1 pack of frozen green beans (either french style, my favorite, or italian 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 petite diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup hot water

1/8 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp tomato paste

-If you're using fresh green beans clean and trim them to 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces.
-Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the chopped onions and garlic until soft.
-If you want tu use tomato paste add it at this point and stir for a min.
-Add the beans and stir them until they slightly change color (app. 4-6 mins).
-Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 mins and then add sugar (cumin), water, and salt. Water should cover the beans completely, but not too much make them seem like they're swimming in it.

-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 mediumm.

This is traditionally served cold, but it's good when it's warm too.


  1. This dish was a constant item when I was back home. Wow! I will be making this. Thank you for mentioning the pressure cooker because almost every single thing my mother made involved the pressure cooker. Maybe that's why things tasted so good!

  2. Anonymous12:10 AM

    tesekkurler, amerika'da yasiyorum, inan cok makbule gecti :)

  3. rica ederim, zevkle

  4. walla sahane gozukuo.. ctsi ya da pazar yapicam eger kotu olursa bilmiorum artik :)

  5. I made this dish last night and it was delicious. Elinize saglik!

  6. Anonymous4:12 AM

    I just made this and it turned out lovely. Will be certainly making this again. Tessekurler ederim!

  7. Anonymous3:57 PM

    This is the closest I've had to my favorite lokanta in Fethiye where my wife's family lives (we're in New York). We love reading your recipes. Thank you.

  8. Anonymous11:32 PM

    Use half the oil to cook, and half the oil after cooking to create a shinier dish.

  9. Your recipe it's delicious and also healthy. Everybody should eat green beans every week because it's delicious and easy to make :D

  10. I think this is my third time cook this using ur recipe, very yummy. Husband loves so much, I will keep practising turkish food. Tessekurler

  11. This dish was my fave back in Istanbul!! gonna try for Ramadan :)

  12. I made this last night, and it was EXACTLY like the taze fasulye at my favourite lokanta in Ayvalik, where I used to live - thank you.