Broad beans with bacon

This is a recipe for broad beans with bacon.  This broad bean recipe is quick to cook and looks and tastes great.


Getting everything ready

  1. Blanch the beans in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes.  Refresh under cold running water, drain and allow to dry.
  2. Using your fingers and the aid of a small knife, squeeze out the lovely green beans from their skins.  Place in a clean dish, cover with cling film and put aside until required.  It is quite time consuming taking the skins off the beans, but well worth doing — you end up with a lovely colour bean.
  3. Remove any rind from the bacon and cut into small dice (lardons).


  1. Over a medium heat, heat a little oil in a frying pan.  Add the bacon lardons and stir-fry for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the broad beans and stir-fry for a further minute or two.  Season to taste.
  3. Remove the broad beans and bacon from the pan and drain on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil.
  4. Spoon the broad beans into warmed dishes or onto warmed plates.  Serve immediately.

Cooking broad beans with bacon – hints and tips

Like peas, broad beans are a very good vegetable that is used from frozen.  But, they are lovely when fresh, young and tender between early May until early August.