Fresh Fava Beans Recipe

Fava beans cooked in olive oil garnished with red pepper flakes, fresh dill and lemon wedges in a white bowl and a spoon in it.

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Shelled fava beans cooked in the simplest way with olive oil, onion and garlic.


  • 2 lbs(1 kilo) fava beans with their pod
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped

Optional Garnish:

  • Red pepper flakes
  • Fresh dill
  • Lemon


  1. Remove the fava beans from their pods.
  2. Make a small slit on each bean.
  3. Fill a saucepan with boiling water. Add in salt and stir.
  4. Soak the beans in this hot salty water for about 10 minutes. Then peel their shells.
  5. Heat olive oil in a pan and cook onions and garlic until translucent.
  6. Add in shelled fava beans and cook for about 5 minutes.
  7. Add in salt, sugar and water. Cook over medium low heat until tender, for about 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the heat and let it cool a bit. Then add in chopped fresh dill and give it a good stir.
  9. Serve with red pepper flakes, fresh dill and lemon slices.


  1. You will have about 300g(10.5ounces) beans from 1kilo (2lbs) fava bean pods.
  2. You can add extra olive oil and lemon juice when serving.