Grilled Fava Beans

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Grilled Fava Beans
Grilled Fava Beans
Pamela Braun

Grilled Fava Beans

There are lots of fava bean recipes out there. Sure, you've had those bright green lima bean-looking cuties drizzled with olive oil and topped with cheese. And if you didn't have the fava beans in a restaurant and you went through the torture that is peeling them, twice (yes, there is another covering over the individual beans themselves), you're going to love grilled fava beans.

Grilling them basically steams the beans into creamy submission inside their own pods. This makes peeling them much easier, since the outer pods become charred and pliable. If the fava beans are the early ones, that are small, you don't even need to peel off that second covering. If they are the larger beans, they slip right out of those extra skins.

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4
Servings
223
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

*Note: If you use a grill pan, cook the beans for the same amount of time, but you may need cover the beans to help them steam.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound fava beans
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil, plus more as needed
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Directions

Preheat a gas grill or grill pan on medium-high heat, or prepare a charcoal grill.*

Meanwhile, put the fava beans into a large container and drizzle with olive oil. (You'll probably need at least ¼ cup.) Make sure the beans are well coated with oil and season liberally with sea salt.

Lay the beans on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes. Turn the beans over and cook for 4-5 more minutes. Watch the beans to make sure they aren't burning. (You can always turn down the heat. If the grill is too hot, the outsides will burn before the beans have a chance to cook.)

Transfer to a large plate. Squeeze the lemon juice over the beans and season with salt, to taste. Serve.

Grill Shopping Tip

Think twice before buying a thicker piece of meat; a 2-inch thick steak takes four times (not twice) as long as 1-inch thick steak to cook.

Grill Cooking Tip

If you're cooking something that's been marinated, make sure to pat the item dry before it hits the grill. Any sugar in the marinade will burn.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
22%
Sugar
11g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Protein
9g
18%
Carbs
21g
7%
Vitamin A
19µg
2%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
6.5%
Vitamin C
12mg
20%
Vitamin E
3mg
16%
Vitamin K
55µg
68%
Calcium
46mg
5%
Fiber
9g
36%
Folate (food)
169µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
169µg
42%
Iron
2mg
11%
Magnesium
39mg
10%
Monounsaturated
10g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
3mg
13%
Phosphorus
149mg
21%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
397mg
11%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
19.5%
Sodium
329mg
14%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
10.4%
Zinc
1mg
8%