Green Beans in Tomato Sauce (Turkish Taze Fasulye)

 This is a classic example of the popular Ottoman-era dishes called zeytinyagli, in which vegetables are cooked for a long time in olive oil, then served at room temperature so that the flavors are at their peak. It is still a very popular dish in Turkey.


  • 220-250 grams fresh grean beans
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed or chopped
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste/puree
  • salt


Wash then trim the beans and cut diagonally to 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces.

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

Green beans in Tomato sauce

 Add the tomato paste/puree  and stir for 1 min.

Green beans in Tomato sauce

Add the beans and stir them until they slightly change color (app 5-8 mins)

Green beans in tomato sauce

Add the tomatoes and bring to the boil and then add sugar, water, and salt.

Green beans in tomato sauce

 Cover the pan and simmer on a low heat until the beans are soft  45 mins – 1 hour

Green beans in tomato sauce

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

This is traditionally served when they have cooled down/are at room temperature or chilled but are just as nice hot.

It’s the kind of dish that improves with time, make a day ahead and leave overnight in the fridge, it will taste even better the next day

Green beans in tomato sauce

Delicious served simply with crusty bread to mop up all that lovely sauce or Turkish style with yoghurt and rice (Pilav)

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  • I have never heard of green beans with tomato sauce before, but your pictures and blog post make it look and sound amazing! I think my kids would really like this, so we are going to have it as a side one night this week.

  • I have made your recipe about 4 times and it is now a family facourite that will be cooked for years to come! The only thing I changed was I put in a lot less olive oil as it was too oily. But otherwise it is delicious!!!!!! Thank you

  • I had a villa in Side Turkey for 9 years but due to ill health sold it this spring.
    Green beans in tomato sauce is my passion and I would have the dish 3-5 times a week.
    I have never replicated the taste of Turkey until using your recipe using a pressure cooker which fuses all the ingredients and guarantees the beans are soft and unctuous the taste improving when left for at least a day .
    The only addition I add is some chilli flakes for bite.
    You cannot replicate the taste and freshness of Turkish vegetables green beans in the UK during winter come from Egypt ,Kenya and even Central America and can be quite hard but pressure cooking them ensures softness.
    Many thanks for the recipe and a truly authentic taste of Turkey which I miss so much.

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