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Authentic Recipe of Prebranac. Yummy Traditional Serbian Baked Beans from South Serbia.

Prebranac is a traditional recipe that will make your mouth water. Learn here how to make this amazing Serbian recipe.

Things to know about Prebranac Recipe

If you ever come to Serbia, you will be served this amazing dish. This is typically a winter dish and is very cheap to make. You can find many versions of it all over the Balkans, but the most popular ones are from Serbia and North Macedonia.

The name comes from the act of sorting the beans. That means that the biggest and the best beans were used for this dish. You only need beans and spices to make it, but it is even better if you add smoked meat.

It is made with white or brown beans. This dish is served for almost every occasion and is a staple when fasting. Similar to every other Balkanian dish, the key to making this dish perfectly is to add a lot of oil.

Yummy Traditional Serbian Baked Beans from South Serbia. Authentic Recipe of Prebranac.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Пребранац
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Dish Type Stew Recipes
Main Cooking Method Baked – Cooked in Oven, Stewing
Occasional Cooking Weekend Family Meal Recipes


Servings 4 Portions
Calories / Serving 686 kcal


  • 500 grams (1.1 lb) White Bean Tetovac, or brown
  • 4 pcs White Onion Medium
  • 1 pc Red Onion Large
  • 250 ml (8.45 floz) Sunflower Oil
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 pc Bay Leaf
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper Powder To taste
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  • In a pot, add beans. Add water enough to cover the beans cook and bring to a boil.
  • Drain the beans, add half of the onions and spices and add water enough to cover the beans.
  • Once it starts to boil. Drain again and add enough water. Bring to boil again. Cook until the beans are soft.
  • In a different pan, sauté the rest of the onions. Set aside.
  • When the beans are cooked, drain them and save one cup of the cooking water.
  • Pour one-third of the beans into a dish similar to the casserole (It has to be deep and safe for the oven).
  • Over the beans, put half of the sautéed onions then add the second third of the beans, then onions and the rest of the beans.
  • Add oil and the cooking water. Add more smoked paprika, bay leaf, and more salt and pepper according to your preference.
  • Bake the beans in the oven on 180°C/360°F for 45 minutes.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Seasonal Cooking Winter Recipes


Calories: 686kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 12gFat: 58gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 48gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 716mgFiber: 8gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 262IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 116mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Prebranac Recipe, Traditional Serbian Baked Beans, Пребранац
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Cooking tip for making Prebranac

  • Traditionally, this dish is made in earthenware, so if you have it, it will give your dish a unique earthy tone and make it more authentic.
  • If you don’t want your house to smell like cooked beans, add a tiny bit of oil to the cooking water, and it will reduce the smell significantly.
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What to serve with Prebranac?

You can serve it with salad from the vegetables that are in season (tomatoes work the best) or with pickled peppers.

Variations of Prebranac

This is a fasting dish, but you can add whatever meat you want to it. Sausages are the most common ones.

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