grilled fava beans
Grilled favas beans are the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer. Roll up your sleeves, dig in and get ready for this easy, fresh and delicious way to start your next party.
  • 1 pound young fava beans
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt
  • For serving:
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • optional:
  • shaved Ricotta Salata
  1. In a large bowl toss the fava bean pods with the olive oil and salt. Arrange them in a single layer on a grill over medium-high heat.
  2. Grill until blistered on one side - 4 to 5 minutes, then flip and cook for a few moments more on the other side. To check and see if they are done, tear open one of the pods, the skins should slip off easily, and the beans should be soft and creamy. If they are still a bit hard leave them on the grill for another minute or two. Add the lemon halves, cut side down to the grill and cook for 1-2 minutes just to get a little char on the flesh.
  3. To serve, toss the pods with the red pepper flakes, mint and a squeeze of the charred lemons. Pass them around to your guests with a spare bowl for the pods and encourage them to lick their fingers, that's the best part.
  4. Notes:
  5. You can cook the favas on a grill pan inside, they may need an extra minute or two to cook, and you may want to weigh them down with a baking sheet to get them to cook evenly.
  6. For a more refined version, you can shell the favas and dress them with the lemon, pepper and olive oil. Serve them with crostini and some burrata.
Recipe by Scaling Back at