Spicy Fava Beans


Fava beans don’t seem to be popular in America.  My local grocery stores don’t sell them at all.  I bought some from a Mexico grocery store last time I went to Westland area. 

When cooked, they taste a lot like lima beans, with a mild nutty flavor and smooth texture. There were no fava beans where I grew up.  But they are grown everywhere in my husband’s hometown.  It is a widely popular ingredient in Sichuan local cuisine.  So he taught me how to cook them.

How cute they are!  


1/2 pound fava beans
3 tablespoon chili sauce (available in any Asian grocery store)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
chopped green onion
chopped cilantro
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Bring a medium pot of water to boil.  Add fava beans and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.

 Drain the beans. 

In a large glass bowl, mix well together cooked fava beans, chili sauce, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, salt, green onion and cilantro.

Cover and let it sit at least 2 hours.  The longer it sits, the better all flavors combine better.