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Grilled Fava Beans

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"Many people don't know what to do with fava beans, but they are extremely versatile. They shine in salads, pastas, and on pizzas. Here we're grilling whole pods until the skin is charred and the beans inside are just tender."
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30 m servings 1679
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. Place whole fava beans in a mixing bowl. Drizzle generously with at least a tablespoon olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon. Sprinkle with half of the kosher salt; add bruised garlic cloves. Toss to coat pods evenly, and occasionally as the grill heats up.
  2. Grill beans over high heat, about 5 minutes total per side, turning and moving them until they are charred on the outside and the beans inside are soft. Transfer to a serving platter.
  3. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil; sprinkle with the remaining salt. Add red pepper flakes and mint leaves. Toss to coat. To eat, split open the pod and eat the beans inside, or serve them on half the shell.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • Makes 2 large or 4 small portions.
  • WARNING: Some people have an allergy to fava beans. Make sure you don't.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 1679 calories; 20.7 267.1 119.1 0 2941 Full nutrition

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I ate the whole bean, but you have to peel the seams (tough fibrous strings) off both sides of the bean pods (after cooking ).There's a lot of great bean flavor in the pods. It's a little me...