Braised Fava Beans

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Today, I received an alert on my phone. It said, “NC has issued a code orange air quality action day for ground level ozone concentrations. The region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.” Ah? Ahem. What does this mean?!?!?! Β I’m taking the alert to mean that I am not being overly dramatic when I say that it’s incredibly, bordering on unbearably, hot here! Call me a wuss (or just a woman originally from Massachusetts), but heat like this makes eating heavy food and/or baking completely out of the question. So, I’ve been eating a lot of fruit and drinking a lot of water. I also made this light, braised fava beans dish. It basically cooks itself, which is exactly the type of dish you need in heat like this.

But before getting to the recipe, I want to thank for the Excellence in Vegetarian Information Award they presented to Como Water earlier this week. Thanks!


O.K. I hope you all are staying cool … and hydrated πŸ˜€

Braised Fava Beans (Printable Recipe)


15-20 fava beans

1 medium shallot–chopped

1 clove garlic–minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/8-1/4 cup dry white wine

1 teaspoon sugar

salt/black pepper


*Prep your fava beans by snapping the ends and removing the stringy ridge that runs from end to end of the bean. Chop shallot, mince garlic.

*Heat olive oil over medium low heat in a medium sauce pan. Add shallot. Cook 5 minutes. Add garlic. Cook 3 minutes. Add fava beans, salt, pepper, and sugar. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add wine. Cover. Drop heat to low. Steam 25 minutes, or until fava beans are tender. Garnish with fresh herbs (I used tarragon).

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantraβ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. mmm…favas are some of my favourite beans…especially when they`re steamed with wine. Nice! Theresa

  2. Yum! I keep seeing fava beans in the market and I love them in restaurants, but didn’t know how to best them myself. Will be trying this out next time I have the occasion to buy favas. (With liver and a nice Chianti, of course! πŸ™‚ )

  3. I love quick-cooking meals like this in warmer months, since I sometimes want to eat cooked foods.

    I have yet to try fava beans though. I’ll have to look into finding some.

  4. Tiffany, well done on the award. Way to go, girl! That photo of the fava beans is just gleamingly tempting. Another great healthy recipe. Och, can’t help but saying but you’re hot! πŸ™‚

  5. OMG, do I ever hear you on the heat. I finally gave in and turned on the A/C last night so we could sleep properly… guess that means it’s officially summer, eh?
    I’ve always shelled favas before cooking, so you have no idea how excited I am to see a recipe that cooks them right in the pods… I always feel guilty throwing all those pods in the compost (plus shelling is so time-consuming). πŸ˜› I can’t wait to get my hands on a bunch of favas to give this a try!
    PS – Congrats on the award. Very well deserved!

  6. I love that you use wine and tarragon in this recipe. Thanks!

  7. This recipe sounds delicious. In Cyprus we cook them mainly with garlic, olive oil and a bit of vinegar.

  8. Whaaaaaaaat… stay cool? How envious! Over here it’s so cooooold and raining in SF. I wish I can fly there to enjoy the warm weather. Your fava beans is nicely cooked in very simple way. I love the way of cooking still leaving the original taste, by not over seasoning the ingredient. Japanese people like this kind of method so we can enjoy the ingredient itself. πŸ™‚

  9. Kudos on the award!
    I welcome the heat, the hotter the better. My family thinks I’m nuts. And you know I was thinking the same thing Laura @Sprint2theTable said. It kind of goes through my head everytime I hear Fava Beans. Never thought to braise a bean, you’re creative my friend.

  10. Good, healthy fava beans! I’ll take a serving or two.

    I guess summer has officially arrived. Congrats on your award =)

  11. Hope the move isn’t going to be too stressful…at least you may be escaping the heat a bit, right? You’ve convinced me I need to try fava beans…this is the second delicious recipe I’ve seen in as many days πŸ™‚

  12. Congrats on your award!

  13. Tiffany! Congrats on your award!!! And these beans look just spectacular! : )

  14. You know, I can’t say that I have ever knowingly eaten a fava bean. I probably have had them in something without realizing it. Yours look great!

  15. Well done on your award, hope it cools down there a bit. It’s hot here too, I can’t sleep which is bad! I love the simplicity of this dish, sometimes that’s all I can manage!! πŸ˜€

  16. Mmm! Those look fantastic. I’ve never had fava beans but that will soon change. Lovely looking dish πŸ™‚

  17. What an interesting way to serve fava beans…looks great Tiffany!

  18. Excellent dish for this weather.

  19. I can’t say that I have ever had a Fava bean, or even know where to find them. But this looks good!

    Congrats on your award!

  20. It was that hot?! Wow… still kinda early to get that warm. What’s going on with out planet? :/

    I, too, only eat fresh fruits and veggies when it’s that hot… baking is out of the question. Well, until I fire up my summer kitchen which is in my garage! πŸ™‚

  21. well it’s pouring in CA and not liking the weather much.. can’t feel the heat at all. These braised fava beans looks nice and a quick little side dish to make.

  22. Congrats on the award, and thanks for sharing! I first discoverd fava beans in Italy, and I’ve never looked back. They’re so delicious, and I’m happy to have a new way to cook them!

  23. Fantastic dish! Fava beans remind me of spring! I have never cooked them “whole”, I will have to try! They must taste delicious! Stay cool Tiff, I can’t stand hot weather either and we get really HOT summers here too… πŸ™

  24. Beautiful! Great post!

  25. I think weather alerts really scare people. We got a tornado warning a couple of days ago in NYC. And guess what? No tornado. Anyways, these beans look out of this world. A heaping helping of beans and a little piece of grilled salmon and I’ve got dinner!

  26. Congrats on the award! Love this recipe. So fresh and healthy, I want some now! We had tornado warnings the other day and some touched down not far away. That doesn’t happen around here. So scary. Well, here’s to warmer, sunnier days!

  27. Yum! These favas look delicious! And we’re feeling the heat here in Kentucky, too – not a high under 90 all next week!

  28. I don’t think I’ve seen fresh fava beans at the stores but I do have a frozen packet in the freezer. This dish looks so healthy and tasty. Congrats on your award!

  29. Summer begs for unfussy foods and these fava beans are just perfect! It’s still pretty chilly around here- you should come visit Seattle to cool off!

  30. I so have to try this…looks amazing! Sorry about your heat though, and yikes with the air quality…not good πŸ™ That is a stay indoors kind of day!
    Congratulations on your award πŸ™‚

  31. Congrats on the award! I’ve never cooked fava beans myself- I need to try this next time I see it at the farmers market!

  32. I love fava beans, Tiffany! How’s the weather going for you in DC? I’m so sad to say that I missed fava bean season this year πŸ™ It truly is depressing as I always love making a fave bean puree to spread on top of fresh bread! Boo.