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Young and tender, Grilled Fava Beans with Mint, Lemon Zest & Sumac, a simple, easy way to prepare fresh fava beans on the grill! Vegan and bursting with Middle Eastern flavors. Vegan and Delicious!
When fava beans are young and tender, you can grill them in their pods and eat them whole- pods and all. If they are a little more mature, treat them more like edamame, discarding the pod.
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!
How to Grill Fava Beans
The best fava beans for grilling are small, young and tender- this way you can eat the pods. Mature fava beans can also be grilled, but treat them like edamame, discarding the pods.
Char the fava beans on both sides, about 3-4 minutes on each side, covering, then place in a bowl or on a platter.
Eat them with your fingers like you would edamame, either popping the beans from in the pods, or if the pods are young enough, they too are edible. So easy, so delicious!
Simple, easy Grilled Fava Beans – full of Middle Eastern flavor. Pick up some fresh fava beans while they last!
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Grilled Fava Beans- with Mint, Lemon & Sumac, a simple, easy way to prepare fresh fava beans on the grill with Middle Eastern flavors. Vegan and Gluten-free!
- 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.
Grill each side until deep grill marks apear ( 4-5 minutes, each side) covering grill. Try a tester and make sure inner bean is tender.
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.
- Serving Size: 5 pods
- Calories: 229
- Sugar: 2.8 g
- Sodium: 239.5 mg
- Fat: 9.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 27 g
- Fiber: 11.5 g
- Protein: 11.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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