Greek beans with seared lamb

Greek beans with seared lamb

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Braise butter beans or 'gigantes' with tomatoes, onion and garlic and serve with tender lamb fillet and crumbled feta cheese

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal437
  • fat24g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre8g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.8g


  • 500g lamb fillet



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
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  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 large onion, chopped



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  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • small bunch dill, most chopped
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 2 x 400g cans gigante or butter beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp crumbled feta cheese


  1. Rub the lamb with ½ tbsp of the oil and 1 garlic clove. Season well and set aside to marinate while you prepare the beans, or for up to 2 hrs if you have time.

  2. Heat the remaining oil in a pan. Add the onion and remaining garlic, and season. Fry for 8 mins until soft. Add the tomato purée, chopped dill, vinegar, stock and beans, season, and simmer for 15 mins or until most of the liquid has evaporated.

  3. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until hot. Sear lamb on all sides, for about 5 mins in total. Rest, covered with foil, for 5 mins, then thickly slice. Serve the lamb with the beans, scattered with feta and the remaining dill leaves.

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13th Jan, 2019
Lovely recipe - perfect with steak and grilled courgettes instead of the lamb here. I halved all the quantities so it served 2 and it worked perfectly. Next time I’ll do these with lamb sausages.
3rd Sep, 2015
Made this for a weeknight dinner and it was delicious. Used a rump steak between two instead of lamb but worked just as well. The dill really brings this dish to life. Served with toasted pittas.
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8th Apr, 2015
I used diced leg of lamb and it has become a favourite with us. I see a few people say that the cooking time is too short, but this is clearly the time it takes if you want it rare, like it is in the photo - presumably the way the author of the recipe intended it to be. If you don't like it like that, then of course it would have to be cooked for longer.
17th Dec, 2013
Really lovely midweek meal, quick an easy, the dill really lifts it
29th Oct, 2013
really great summer dish..... everyone luvs it and its so easy
29th Jul, 2013
This is a lovely easy dish, I added a few baby spinach leaves at the end, it was delicious. It did require a little longer to cook the lamb though.
24th Feb, 2013
Quick easy tasty. Used garlic paste to marinate m & s cubed lamb. Didn't require anything extra so 437 calories for a serving made a low calorie healthy meal. 5 star (couldn't click stars as not working)
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4th Oct, 2012
The lamb took much longer than the recipe states which was frustrating, made it twice an put it in the over the second time. Was lovely when done though.
Frantic Flapjack
30th Sep, 2012
Quick to make and lifted usually boring butter beans. Really good with the feta. Served with crusty bread and sliced beef steak as we had some in the freezer.
25th Sep, 2012
I used the right amount of stock & it took much longer than 15 mins - more like 35 mins I'd say, although I did have it on a very low simmer. Was really tasty though and I would definitely make again. With or without the lamb - it would make a tasty supper dish without the lamb but just adding the feta & maybe serving with a green salad & some fresh crusty bread.


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