Baked Gigantes is an easy side dish made with giant Greek lima beans and tomatoes. It’s a simple side dish full of flavor.

white beans with tomatoes

What are Gigantes?

Gigantes is a Greek dish known in English as giant baked beans. The first time I tried a version of Gigantes, it was at Stella’s, a fantastic Greek restaurant in Richmond. (If you’re in the area and you haven’t gone yet, you must go.) Ever since I tried them, I kept thinking I should try making them, but honestly, I had trouble finding the beans!

Where to Find Gigantes Beans

The beans for Gigantes can be a little hard to find because they go by a lot of different names. Sometimes they’re called “large butter beans” sometimes they’re “giant lima beans,” but basically you’re looking for really big white beans. Clear as crystal, right? (Here’s the kind I found at Kroger’s.)

butter beans and tomatoes

The good news is, finding the beans is the hardest part of this recipe. The rest is simple! These easy baked Gigantes are the easiest weeknight side dish or vegetarian main dish.

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white beans with tomatoes

Easy Baked Gigantes

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Greek


Baked Gigantes is an easy side dish made with giant Greek lima beans and tomatoes. It’s a simple side dish full of flavor.


  • 1 15oz can large butter beans
  • 1 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt + pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In an oven-safe dish, combine the beans, diced tomatoes, olive oil, dill, parsley, and salt and pepper.
  3. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve with additional dill or feta. Eat with a spoon or with crusty bread.

Keywords: Easy Baked Gigantes

Our small group bible study just started up again for the fall season, and we make a potluck style dinner together. Across the group, we have someone that is gluten-free, someone that is allergic to dairy, and me, a vegetarian. It can be a little tricky to think of a dish that satisfies all those restrictions, but this one nails it! If you’re not avoiding dairy, you can add a little feta on top.

white beans with feta

I liked it best, just plain and simple! It’s especially good with a chunk of crusty bread on the side. That way, you can get every drop of the sauce!

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Have you ever tried giant white beans?