Braised Green Beans – The Lemon Bowl®

Simmered in a delicious tomato sauce, steamed green beans are a classic side dish and one of the easiest recipes to make at home.

A forkful of steamed green beans

Simple recipes can still be delicious and you will return to them again and again. Today’s recipe is inspired by a love of simplicity as well as two of my favorite foods: Greek and Lebanese. Braised green beans are a classic side dish and one of the easiest recipes to make at home. And when I say simple, I mean just 5 ingredients that are affordable and easily available at any grocery store. Plus, this side dish is low in calories, packed with flavor, and packed with nutrients. Not to mention that it is compatible with all kinds of diets: vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. It’s a win all round!


  • Green beans: Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, green beans have a mild, grassy flavor and a crunchy texture that softens and tenderizes when cooked.
  • Onion: For a mild, slightly sweet onion flavor, I use a white onion. But a yellow onion would work just as well.
  • Diced tomatoes: Along with the sauce, it adds acidity and texture to the dish.
  • Tomato sauce: Together with the diced tomatoes, this creates a strong, semi-sweet and tart sauce for the beans. For those outside of the US, you can use tomato paste and some water.
  • Olive oil: Gives the sauce a subtle flavor and smoothness.

How to make steamed green beans

Liz cuts green beans

Start cooking steamed green beans by washing and trimming the green beans and dicing the onions.

Green beans and onions in a pot

Then put the beans and onions in a saucepan.

Pour tomato sauce over green beans

Pour the tomato sauce over it.

Put the diced tomatoes in the pot

Followed by the diced tomatoes.

Put olive oil in the pot

Drizzle over the olive oil.

Season steamed green beans

Finally, season with some kosher salt and pepper.

Stir green beans into the sauce

Stir everything together until fully combined, then bring to a boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

Once the beans are soft and tender, serve garnished with fresh herbs and enjoy your steamed green beans!

Frequently asked Questions:

Should you blanch green beans before cooking?

No, it’s not necessary to blanch green beans before cooking, although you could if you’re used to it!

What Flavors Go With Green Beans?

Garlic is my favorite dish, along with onions, basil, parsley, and oregano. But your classic salt and black pepper make great condiments for green beans.

Can I use canned green beans?

You could also use canned green beans, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The tomato sauce wouldn’t come together in the shorter time it would take the canned beans to cook. Or if you let the sauce simmer, the green beans would be overcooked.

Steamed Green Beans.

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Liz eats steamed green beans.

If you want to try something different than your usual steamed veggies, then try my steamed green beans!

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Braised Green Beans

Braised Green Beans

Braised green beans are a classic side dish and one of the easiest recipes to make at home.

PREPARATION: 10 protocol

COOK: 45 protocol

IN TOTAL: 55 protocol

Servings: 4

  • 1 Pound green beans (cut into 2 pieces)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 14 ounces Tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea-salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Place all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.

  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30-45 minutes.

Good source of vitamins A and C

Calories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 20GProtein: 3.8GFat: 3.8GSaturated Fatty Acids: 0.5GCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 583mgFiber: 3.8G

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