Grilled Fava Beans

May 21, 2014

Summers for me are all about grilling. The grill brings out the beauty in simple ordinary vegetables like fava beans. I don’t really consider this a recipe but more of a “snacking method.” Using quality ingredients like good extra-virgin olive oil, flake sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper is key in elevating a dish as simple as grilled fava beans. You can enjoy them whole if they’re young and tender fava beans or remove them from the pods and peel them. There’s no wrong way to eat this simple vegetable, just make sure to get a good char on them!

Grilled Fava Beans | HonestlyYUM

Heat your grill on high heat. Rinse and dry the fava bean pods.

Fava beans

Toss the fava bean pods in a light coat of extra virgin olive oil and cut the lemon in half. When the grill is very hot, add the fava beans on the grill and the lemons cut side down.

Grilling fava beans

Grill for about 3-4 minutes on each side until tender and charred. Grill the lemons until they’re soft and juicy. Wait for the fava pods to cool and remove the fava beans. Remove the outer skin. The fava bean should easily pop out of the skin. (Or just eat them whole!)

Shelling fava beans

After removing the fava beans, drizzle a little bit of good quality extra-virgin olive oil and add a little flake sea salt, like Maldon, and freshly ground black pepper.

Grilled fava beans

Squeeze a little of the charred lemon over the fava beans and add a few shavings of parmesan over the beans.

Fava beans

This is more of a snack for me so I usually peel a few, season them, eat them, and then repeat!

Grilled fava beans

Grilled Fava Beans


  • 2 pounds of fava bean pods
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 small block of parmesan cheese
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil


  • Heat grill on high heat
  • Rinse fava bean pods and coat in extra virgin olive oil
  • Grill fava beans for about 3-4 minutes on each side until charred and soft. Grill lemon, cut side down until it has grill marks and is juicy
  • Remove beans from the pod and remove the outer skin from each bean.
  • Drizzle good quality extra-virgin olive oil, and fresh shavings of parmesan cheese, and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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These look so great!! I need to find some fava beans around here soon!

I have never had these but they look amazing, especially grilled with the lemons. The flavoring would be incredible!

this sounds very interesting..i have never grilled anything for snacking purpose…

This sounds like a GREAT weekend treat! I’ve had a similar dish with soy beans instead of favas and they are nothing short of amazing. A really tasty bar snack, perfect with a cold IPA. Thanks Karen!

I must pick up some lava beans from the farmer’s market and make this soon!

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