When I was a child I didn't used to like the flavour of broad beans; I always found them too bitter. Then my mum introduced me to freshly picked home-grown baby broad beans and things changed. They have a delicious mild flavour with a buttery texture, but as mum always said, they need to be picked when young and eaten almost straight away. Fortunately we can now buy frozen broad beans that are probably fresher than any you can buy, although no match for home-grown or pick-your-own broad beans. I like them served with chorizo sausage and a little bit of coriander for a continental flavour. The quantities shown in this recipe serve 4 as a side dish.



  1. If necessary, remove the beans from the pods.
  2. Steam or boil the beans until tender (approximately 10 minutes steamed or 7 minutes boiled).
  3. Lightly dry-fry the chorizo slices until warm (approximately 2 minutes)
  4. Mix the beans, chorizo and coriander together and serve immediately.