Fava Beans With Iberico Ham Recipe

A classic Spanish salad from Gordon Ramsay's World Kitchen. Beans and ham are a common Spanish combination and one of the easiest tapas to assemble. Serve this as a side dish or salad any time of year.

1 lb. fava beans (ideally freshly podded, otherwise frozen and thawed)
Sea salt and black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
3-1/2 oz. Iberico ham, diced*
1 onion, peeled and minced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tbsp chopped Italian parsley

* Iberico ham is recommended because of its superb, slightly nutty flavour — you should be able to find it in a good deli.


Step 1: Add the fava beans to a pan of boiling salted water, bring back to a boil, and blanch for 2-3 minutes until only just tender. Drain in a colander and place under cold running water to refresh, then drain again.

Step 2: Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the ham and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes.

Step 3: Add the onion and garlic and cook gently for 6-8 minutes until softened but not coloured.

Step 4: Tip the blanched fava beans into the skillet and toss over the heat for 2-3 minutes, seasoning well with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5: Transfer the fava beans and ham to a warm bowl, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and accompany with toasted slices of rustic bread.

Reprinted with permission from Gordon Ramsay’s World Kitchen (2010 Key Porter).

Photo Cookbook Gordon Ramsay World Kitchen