Green Beans with Garlic and Za’atar

If you are tired of your regular steamed green beans here is an easy and delicious variation. This recipe was born as I was going to make my green beans with tomatoes and olives for my guests, but was notified in advance that some of them don’t like olives. I looked at my pantry and fridge and decided to use garlic and za’atar. This dish very quickly became a favorite among the kids. Go figure.  

For those of you are are not familiar with za'atar - it's a Middles Eastern mixture of thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds.

Magda, this recipe is for you:)

Serves 4
preparation time: 40 minutes


1lb/ ½ kg green beans
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp za’atar
Salt and pepper


In a big pot bring to boil 2 quarts/liters of water.

Remove ends of green beans then cut into thirds.

When water boils add salt then blanch green beans for 2 minutes.

Strain green beans and place in a bowl with ice water. This will keep them nice and green for the rest of the cooking process. 

Empty water from pot, then and add to it oil, garlic, za’atar, salt, and pepper. Cook on medium heat while stirring spices and oil for one minute.

Strain green beans and add to the pot. Mix with spices for a minute.

Cover pot and let cook for 15 minutes.