|Ready In||2 h|
|Level of Difficulty||Easy|
Fried fava beans have a crunchy texture and a salty, slightly nutty flavor. They are often served as an appetizer or snack with beer or wine, and are also sometimes used as a garnish in salads.
In Portugal, fried or roasted fava beans are widely available in supermarkets and specialty food stores. They are also commonly sold by street vendors, especially in coastal areas during the summer months.
Fried fava beans are a good source of protein, fiber, and nutrients, making them a healthy snack option. However, they can be high in sodium, so it's important to enjoy them in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
- In a large bowl, soak dried fava beans in slightly salted water for 8 hours or overnight. As the beans soak they will split apart. Split the beans that have not done so by gently pulling them apart.
- Rinse, drain, and pat dry.
- Heat vegetable or grapeseed oil in a small saucepan until lightly smoking. Carefully add handfuls of the halved beans to the oil. When lightly browned and bubbles are slow and steady, remove with slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels to catch the excess oil.
- Lightly sprinkle with salt, toss together and repeat the process until all fava beans are fried. Allow the beans to cool and become crispy!
Recipe & Photo Credit: Elise, cookingwithelise.com