Growing up with an Egyptian father, you can probably imagine how often fava beans showed up in our house. Most often we had them for breakfast, in the form of a soup, but occasionally my dad would bring home some fresh ones. It was always a joyful, hands-on feast.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, fresh fava beans are popping up more and more in our local farmer’s markets and I often overhear people commenting on them – how much they love them, but how difficult and time-consuming they are to prepare.
I thought I’d share one of the easiest preparations I’ve found. Grilling them whole!
This requires a slight shift in mindset. But once you make this shift, you’ll fall in love with grilled fava beans! I promise!
And here it is: Just think of these like edamame.
Char them on both sides, about 4-5 minutes each side.
Eat with your fingers like you would edamame, in the pods.
So easy, so delicious!
And YES, you can roast the fava beans in the oven and yes, you can even steam them whole like edamame.
But I like the fava beans grilled best, because, it is summer people! The little bit of char tastes so good!
PLUS it is glorious cooking outside!
Simple, easy Grilled Fava Beans – full of Middle Eastern flavor. Pick up some fresh fava beans while they last!
Grilled Fava Beans with Mint, Lemon Zest and Sumac
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: sides, grilling, vegan,
- Method: grilled
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced – use a garlic press!
- 1 tablespoon shallot, finely chopped (optional)
- zest from one medium lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sumac
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
- 1/4 cup Italian Parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon aleppo chili ( or regular chili flakes ) optional
- squeeze of lemon, optional
Preheat grill to medium-high.
If you like a little more lemon flavor, give them a squeeze of lemon.
Eat like you would edamame, with your fingers, scraping out the beans with your teeth.
Very hands-on. 🙂
With younger smaller fava bean pods, you find the outer pods edible and tasty! Good fiber.
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