Easy way to shell fava beans (with images)

Fresh fava beans

Fava beans are very healthy since they are full of fiber.  I often make them for an Iranian dish. They tend to have a sweet, meaty flavor and are easy to prepare if you know how. 

fava beans

When you are ready to prepare the give the beans a quick wash. Then set a pot with cold water on the stove and let it come to a boil. 

As you wait for the water to come to a boil start working on the shelling the fava beans. Grab the stem end and snap it off. You will see a thin thread like a string in the center of the bean. Pull that string down the middle to get to the pods.

fava beans with skin

Remove all the bean pods and set them aside in a dish. When the water is boiling add the shelled fava beans into the pot. Add some salt and let them simmer for about 2 minutes. 

boiling fava beansFill a bowl with ice and water. Once the beans are done drain them in a colander and then dump them straight into the ice water.

fava in ice water

You will notice that the outer shell will start to crinkle up a bit. That's ok and you can start peeling off the outer skin as soon as the fava beans are cool to the touch. 

fava bean comparison

Ones you have all the skins removed you can use the fava beans in your dishes.

shelled fava beans

If you like to learn a Persian dish made with fresh Fava Beans click here.

Related Posts

Portrait of a Quarter Horse
Portrait of a Quarter Horse
This week I am working on two different portraits. This one is of a Quarter Horse and the finished painting will be for
Read More
Portrait of a long haired Chihuahua
Portrait of a long haired Chihuahua
It always saddens me when one of my clients tells me that one of their pets has passed on. When I received this referenc
Read More
Portrait of a Mixed Terrier
Portrait of a Mixed Terrier
This is a portrait of a Terrier I had painted a while back and completely forgot to upload to the website.  This Terrier
Read More
Back to blog
* “As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.This page might contains affiliate links, therefore if you choose to purchase after clicking a link, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.” *

New in Shop

1 of 12

The Artist

My name is Enzie (pronounced "NC") and I am multidisiplinary artist based out of California, USA.  

I specialize in life size commissioned portraiture of pets and people and one of a kind handmade miniatures.

While I am creating, my team is hard at work to make your shopping experience easy and smooth.