Yellow (Wax) Beans With Garlic and Tomatoes

Published on Mar 01, 2014

  by   Kristina Stosek

8 reviews

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Serves: 4
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When visiting Greece, I picked up this amazing yellow bean recipe. The fresh beans are flavoured with olive oil, garlic and fresh tomatoes and cooked to perfection. There is nothing simple about the flavour of this vegan side dish except the recipe.

easiest yellow bean recipe

I love this Greek fresh bean dish. When yellow beans also known as wax beans are in season, they are so tasty, and I think they are more delicious than green beans.

Yellow beans have a milder flavour than green beans, and they are easily infused with herbs, spices and garlic. This makes them a good low-carb vegetable for this recipe.

Yellow beans are pale yellow and are a type of snap bean. When they are picked young, they cook very quickly. Their peak season is from late July to late September.



yellow wax beans tomatoes garlic


This healthy, most delicious Beans With Garlic and Tomatoes dish is best when using yellow beans. However, green beans will also work in this recipe. But, they may take a little longer to cook.

If wax beans aren’t in season, you can substitute them for green beans, but the yellow beans truly make this a Greek recipe.

three easy steps for the most delicious wax bean dish

Whenever I make this dish, I always steam the beans. You can also cook them in lightly salted water, but I prefer them steamed. The texture is much better, and the beans keep more of their nutrients.

to start

Briefly steam the beans. If the beans are young, they will take about five minutes to steam. If they are more mature, check for doneness, you may need to steam them a little longer.


garlic tomatoes in olive oil


While the beans are steaming, saute garlic in a good quality extra virgin olive oil, add tomatoes and paprika and cook the tomatoes until they start to release some of their juices.

next, mix the steamed beans with the garlic tomatoes

Now that the beans are tender and the garlic tomatoes are seasoned and lightly cooked, stir in the yellow beans. Cover the saucepan and continue cooking for three more minutes.

The tasty beans will become infused with garlic tomatoes and lightly flavoured with olive oil. OMG, this healthy bean dish is insanely delicious.

Since wax beans have a very short season, you can always freeze them. The best way to freeze fresh beans is first by blanching them. Then make sure they are dry before sealing them in freezer bags. The beans will keep up to three months in the freezer.


yellow wax beans garlic tomatoes



What goes well with wax beans side?

I love this Yellow Bean With Garlic and Tomatoes dish so much that when I have a vegetarian meal, I make a rice dish, such as this Vegan Dirty Rice and top it with these delicious beans.

But if you like to add protein, anything goes. My favourite protein to add to this low-carb bean side dish is fish, such as this Parmesan Crusted Halibut, the way they served it in Greece …….. so GOOD!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx



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gluten free Lea, not all spices are gluten free. Are spices gluten free?

Lea Ann Tiskus

What is GF paprika and GF black pepper?


Thank you for sharing John


Thanks for reminding me of this dish. We do three to four separate plantings of wax beans and I've grown weary of our go to favorites. I can't leave well enough alone and quite often like to use cherry tomatoes, bannana peppers, pepperoncini, kalmata olives, feta cheese, and plenty of basil, oregano, black pepper and crusty bread to soak up the juices.


wonderful to hear Ahna, thank you


This recipe was easy and tasty. Was looking for a quick yellow bean side and this was perfect. Will make this again. Thank you.

Valerie Fullerton

Great recipie! My husband was so excited to have a different way of serving beans!!

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