10 Tasty Fava Bean Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Looking for some new and creative ways to use fava beans in your recipes? We've rounded up a variety of healthy and tasty fava bean recipes for you to try!

Zucchini and Fava Bean Fritters

Broadbean (Fava) Dip

Ful Medammes

Fava Bean Salad

Fava Bean Soup with Pasta

Fava Bean Succotash

Fava Bean Hummus

Fava Bean & Artichoke Salad

Fava Bean Turkey Chili

Fava Bean Pilaf

Which of these recipes will you be trying? What is your favorite fava bean recipe?

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I've never tried fava beans. Report
if these are the same as broad beans - no thanks don't care for them and that was before silence of the lambs Report
I like the small, brown fava beans the best. They are available canned in Middle Eastern grocery stores and markets and are also available online. We do a salad with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, chopped parsley, onion and tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, fresh-ground cumin, a little salt and ground red pepper. (Aleppo pepper is best but sadly, it probably is only available imported from Turkey now...) You can also add (to taste) a Syrian pepper mix using black pepper, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. (White pepper and ginger are sometimes also included in this mix, but you can blend your own to taste.) This is commonly eaten with Syrian bread (pita) cut in wedges (or torn) and used as scoops and is often eaten at breakfast but can be enjoyed anytime. (You can enjoy these either with or without "...a nice Chianti", DRB13_1! :)

"Sahtain!" (Wishing you "double-health"!) Report
Fava is my favorite bean. Went nuts for them when I lived on the Greek island of Kriti (Crete)---fresh from the open market. Didn't ever hear that Greeks were allergic. I found several bags of dried recently at Big Lots of all places. Just getting ready to cook the first bag and can't hardly wait for that elegant, kindof dusty flavor. Uhmm mmm mmm! Report
Hi, Well we all know where we heard of Fava beans, but when I finally came across them at Pete's Fresh Produce in Milwaukee, I had to try them. This is a Mexican produce market so perhaps some of you looking for them may find them in a comparable Mexican market in your town. I haven't seen anything posted on what they taste like so I'll have to report back. I find it funny that you have to skin the little suckers, sounds like alot of work. I'll let you know if it is worth it. Cool Beans, Tammy Report
Have never heard of these before! Just out of curiosity, I'll have to look for them; but, I'm betting they won't be offered at our local Wal-mart! Report
DRB13_1 you are right; so do I.
I have never even found Fava beans in the stores where I shop, so I guess they are in some gourmet ones. Report
Any time I hear fava beans, I think "Hannibal Lector"... Report
being half Italian i grew up eating fava beans, but after i moved away from home, i have never seen them sold in store since. I try to pick up a few favorites like these when i go back home. Report
The only place I've seen fresh fava beans is at our Farmer's Market, and only a few vendors. The first time I had them was when they appeared in our CSA share, and now I look forward to them every summer - even knowing it'll only be a few short weeks. Report
When we were in Jordan and Egypt, we got acquainted with Ful Medammes (they'd also spell it "Foul Medammes" and of course we'd think, "ewwww" but it's because the Arabic language has to be spelled phonetically into English.) - very tasty and a very energizing way to start the day. If your town has any Middle Eastern restaurants or sometimes even Mediterranean restaurants, likely they might have a little bit of a grocery store and would carry Fava Beans. There are online sources of canned Fava beans as well. In Wichita, KS near where I live, there are quite a few places that carry fava beans, especially canned foods. Also, in our area, we have Asian grocery stores but they tend to carry ethnic foods from all over the world, not just Asian countries, and again, I can find fava beans there. Not sure if I've ever seen the fresh bean pods, but the seeds are available and people do grow them. Report
They are good in a cold salad, if you are able to eat them without becoming ill. Report
There should be a caution here.

Fava beans are are rich in tyramine and should be avoided by those taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors - a type of medication used to treat severe Depression. Report
People of Greek and other Mediterranean descents should be very careful before eating fava beans. They (we) have a tendency to have bad allergic reactions to them. I, for one, would never touch one since I don't know if it would be safe for me. Do some research before eating fava beans. Report
The hummus & pilaf recipes look good to me! Thanks. Report
In Northern CA, fava beans are a winter crop and nitrogen fixer for the garden. Nice to see these recipes; my fava beans are just about ready to harvest! Report
Here's another two for you...
1. After shelling my dried beans and blanching (set aside), In a frying pan, Saute bacon til however you like it's doneness, add diced onions and saute till done. Add Blanched Fava beans and some red wine. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or till beans are to the softness you desire.
2. Blanch Beans and add to some Tomato or Pasta Sauce. Simmer till tender.
Both can be served over brown rice or pasta. Whole grain of course ! ! !
Enjoy ! ! !

I'm a big Ful Medammes fan. I like to eat them with pita bread wedges, pickles, tomato slices, and a sliced hard-boiled egg. A few sprinkles of hot sauce is a must, too. Local Seattleites can visit the B & O Espresso restaurant to have Ful Medammes for breakfast. Report
Never have used these types of beans. I never see them for sale anywhere either. I think they just remind me of "Silence of the Lambs" Report
Interesting. I've never actually used them. I'm motivated ;-) Report
I have not eaten fava beans before. Will have to give these recipes a try. Report
Sounds good ...Gonna' try a few of those recipes....! Report
Oh, this is embarrassing, but I tend to associate fava beans with a nice Chianti. You can thank Hannibal Lecter for that !! LOL !!

I can't remember the last time I had fava beans. I think I had them in some type of bean salad when I did.
I honestly never see Fava beans at any of our grocery stores! Maybe I should start growing these! Report