Looking for a quick side dish for dinner or holiday feast? Try these Mediterranean inspired green beans. This dish is a favorite in Middle Eastern kitchens (it’s called fasooliyeh bil zayt, which means green beans with olive oil). It is simple yet so flavorful from the fresh garlic and cilantro. It’s cooked with olive oil which gives it a distinct taste, not to mention the health benefits (I use extra virgin olive oil). This side dish can be cooked in a skillet and is ready in under 15 minutes. You can use fresh or frozen green beans, whatever is convenient for you. You can even make it ahead and serve it the next day. It’s a great way to add some tasty vegetables to your meal!

This dish is:

  • Cooked in a skillet under 15 minutes
  • Flavorful with fresh garlic and cilantro
  • Made with olive oil, a heart healthy fat
  • A great way to add tasty vegetables to your meal

green beans with fresh cilantro and garlic

green beans with cilantro and garlic
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Mediterranean Green Beans with Cilantro and Garlic

These Mediterranean inspired green beans are simple to make yet super flavorful, making them the perfect side dish or appetizer with your meal.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 lb green beans fresh or frozen
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • Salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  1. In a skillet, add 2 tbsp olive oil.
  2. Add the green beans to the skillet and coat with the olive oil. Cook on medium heat for around 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, cilantro, and salt. Mix with the green beans cooking them for another 2 minutes or until desired tenderness has been reached.
  4. Drizzle the last tbsp of olive oil and serve.

Recipe Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container. They are just as flavorful the next couple days!

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