Greek Style Fava Beans with Lemon, Garlic & Herbs

Greek Style Fava Beans with Lemon, Garlic & Herbs

Fava beans are one of the oldest domesticated beans. Also known as broad beans, they are very nutritious – a great source of fiber and vitamin K, along with folate and manganese, and a good source of magnesium, phosphorous and other minerals. We’ve added lemon, garlic and herbs for a Greek-style flavor. In Greece, a similar dish is called Koukis Lemonata.
Course Main Course, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean


  • 1 cup fava beans shelled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh mint chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 lemons finely grated zest & juice
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley chopped


  • Add the shelled beans to a saucepan along with about 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil over a high setting, and then reduce to medium-low. Cover and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Drain the beans, and then add them back to the saucepan. Cover them with cold water (ice water, if you like). After 5 minutes, drain again, and you will be able to easily remove the outer skins.
  • Add the olive oil, onion and garlic to a large skillet, and saute until fragrant, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the beans, thyme, mint, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper to taste, and continue to saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add the chopped parsley, and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.
  • The beans should be tender crisp. You can simmer for another 5 minutes or so to let the flavors absorb if you wish.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to three days.


* 1 pound of fava beans in the pod should yield about 1 cup – just enough for your recipe.
* If you are using dried fava beans, you will have to soak them in cold water overnight the day before, and then proceed with the recipe as usual.
Keyword Lemons
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