Grilled Fava Beans

Grilled Fava Beans
Staff Writer
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
210
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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
10g
11%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
20g
15%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
19µg
3%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
55µg
61%
Calcium, Ca
42mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
8g
32%
Folate, total
168µg
42%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
37mg
12%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
146mg
21%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
28mg
2%
Water
82g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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.