How to Cook Fresh Shelling Beans

How to Cook Tongue of Fire Beans

Tongue of Fire Beans

Put beans in a pot of water with fresh vegetables including leeks, a chopped tomato, potato, garlic, onions, and fresh herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, and oregano or cilantro and parsley) Add olive oil and black pepper, but NO SALT. Salt will make the beans tough.

Bring to a boil and simmer for 25 minutes. Once cooked, add a squeeze of acid, such as lemon juice or splash of vinegar. If you really want them to absorb the flavor, turn off the heat, and let them sit on the stove for another hour.

Here are some cooking ideas:

  • Make a bean salad with fresh vegetables and herbs.
  • Crush them up and put them on bruschetta.
  • Cook with clams and chorizo and serve over pasta.
  • Or, eat them straight out of the pot with their broth.

2 Responses to “How to Cook Fresh Shelling Beans”

  1. heather stepben January 20, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    just bought my first ever shelled fresh beans from local .market here in Nosara., Costa Rica where I am living for 1/2 the year learning to cook with different ingredients

  2. Hattie Petech May 26, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I just bought some fresh tongue of fire beans and some fresh fava beans…can’t wait to cook them…thanks for info; it is hard to find a how to on fresh beans…lots of dried beans recipes, but want to try fresh.

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