Grilled Fava Beans

  • 20–30 fresh Fava beans ( in the pod)
  • olive oil to coat
  • generous pinch salt
  • 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

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Toss fava beans with a little drizzle of olive oil, just enough to coat, and sprinkle generously with salt.
  3. 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.
  4. Spread out on a platter, spoon dressing over top. Sprinkle with fresh mint and parsley and aleppo chili flakes. Taste one for salt. ( I ususally add extra finishing salt.)
  5. If you like a little more lemon flavor, give them a squeeze of lemon.
  6. Eat like you would edamame, with your fingers, scraping out the beans with your teeth.
  7. Very hands-on.
With younger smaller fava bean pods, you find the outer pods edible and tasty! Good fiber.
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