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.

yellow wax beans garlic tomatoes

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.

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Greek Beans With Garlic and Tomatoes Side

For the best flavor and texture, yellow beans are the best choice for this recipe. However, green beans can be substituted, though they may require slightly longer cooking times. If wax beans are unavailable, green beans make a suitable alternative, but yellow beans truly enhance the authenticity of this Greek-inspired dish.

3 easy steps for delicious yellow beans with garlic and tomatoes

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.

garlic tomatoes in olive oil

Steam the beans first

Briefly steam the beans. Young beans will steam in about five minutes. For more mature beans, check for doneness; they may require additional steaming time.

While the beans are steaming, sauté garlic in high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Add tomatoes and paprika, cooking until the tomatoes begin to release their juices.

Combine steamed beans with garlic and tomatoes

Once the beans are tender and the garlic tomatoes are seasoned and lightly cooked, add the yellow beans to the saucepan. Cover and continue cooking for an additional three minutes.

The beans will absorb the flavors of garlic, tomatoes, and olive oil, resulting in a deliciously infused dish.

Freeze the yellow beans for future use

As wax beans have a short season, consider freezing them for later use. Blanch the wax beans  first, then make sure they are dry before sealing them in freezer bags. The beans will keep up to three months in the freezer.

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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 add the Yellow (Wax) Beans With Garlic and Tomatoes. 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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