Loubieh Bi Zeit (Green Beans with Oil)

Serves 4 to 6

Prep Time: 30′

Cooking Time: 1hr

What you need:

  • 1kg Fresh Green Romano Beans (Flat Beans), preferably stringless
  • 2 Medium Brown Onions, chopped
  • 10 Garlic Gloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 x 400g Can of Tomatoes
  • 5 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Ground White Pepper
  • Water



You guessed it: Loubieh is Green Beans and Zeit is Oil!

This is a typical Lebanese dish, it’s vegetarian. People tend to have it on Fridays or during lent or of course when the beans are in season!

After washing the beans, pat them dry, remove the ends and with your fingers, break them into large chunks, if you’re not lucky enough to find stringless beans, you’ll notice the string when you break them so try to remove that as much as you can, because once cooked it’s annoying to eat.

Don’t forget to prepare all your ingredients before starting to cook.

Heat the oil in a pot and fry the onions until soft and brown.

Add the beans and the garlic, stir and let them cook for 5 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Add the tomatoes and stir, then add enough water to cover them just at the top, do not overcoat them with water.

Bring to the boil then cover, reduce the heat and simmer for one hour.

Taste as you go and adjust your seasoning.

And voila! Done! Super easy and quick!


This dish is usually consumed cold, I, on the other hand, like it hot. I like to eat it as soon as it’s finished! It’s good with or without bread, and great with some raw onions or radishes or green capsicum on the side!

Bon appetit!