Grilled Fava Beans

Grilled Fava Beans

for the Feast of St. Joseph’s Day


 Recipe yields 2 servings

  • 2 pounds whole fava beans in the shell

  •     2 tablespoons olive oil, or more as needed

  •     2 lemons, divided

  •     1 tablespoon kosher salt, divided

  •     3 cloves garlic, bruised

  •     1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste

  •     2 tablespoons sliced fresh mint leaves

  •     Fresh Lemons


  1. Place whole fava beans in a mixing bowl. Drizzle generously with at least a tablespoon olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon. Sprinkle with half of the kosher salt; add bruised garlic cloves. Toss to coat pods evenly, and occasionally as the grill heats up.

  2. Grill or in a cast iron skillet the beans over high heat, about 5 minutes total per side, turning and moving them until they are charred on the outside and the beans inside are soft. Transfer to a serving platter.

  3. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil; sprinkle with the remaining salt. Add red pepper flakes and mint leaves. Toss to coat. To eat, split open the pod and eat the beans inside, or serve them on half the shell.

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