Sauteed Fava Greens

broad bean fava plant leaves
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
108 Calories
6g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 2g
Calcium 73mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The green leaves from the fava plant — yes, the one that grows the beans that are so much work to double-shell — have a fabulously fresh yet nutty flavor. If you're lucky enough to find them at the market, try sauteing them to highlight their delicate flavor. This recipe is as much a method as a recipe, so increase amounts and add seasoning as you like.


  • 2 pounds fava greens
  • 2 tablespoons butter (cut in small pieces or olive oil, or a combination)
  • Fine sea salt (to taste)
  • Optional: Fresh lemon juice (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Thoroughly clean the greens and pick them over for damaged leaves and thick stems.

  2. Heat a large frying pan, saute pan, or pot (the key here is a wide surface area) over high heat. Once hot, add the butter and/or oil. It should melt and/or heat immediately. Quickly add fava greens and cook, stirring, until they're wilted. The high heat and stirring help any liquid the leaves release evaporate quickly.

  3. Transfer the cooked fava greens to a serving platter or plates and sprinkle with salt to taste.

  4. Serve the fava greens hot or warm. A squirt of lemon isn't a bad addition if you have fresh lemons around.

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