Sautéed Morel Mushrooms and Fava Beans

Sauteed Morel Mushrooms and Fava Beans

Buttery fava beans still in its pale green skin are added to sauteed morel mushrooms in this recipe. Crème fraîche, a cultured cream, gives the dish a rich tang. It’s a simple way of enjoying what is arguably the most coveted of spring produce.

When it comes to fresh ingredients, sometimes the simplest recipes are best. That’s what I want to say, but to be honest, I just didn’t want to screw up the morels. It’s one ingredient that makes me nervous in the kitchen and you can bet I went all eagle-eye on the morels as it cooked.

The fragrance released by the sauteed morels, obviously that of a mushroom but much deeper than any others, is nothing short of addictive. It makes you want to risk facial oil burns as you bend over the hot skillet and catch a whiff.

recipe adapted from Saveur
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Click: Spring 2009 hosted by Jugalbandi

Sautéed Morel Mushrooms and Fava Beans
with Crème Fraîche

makes about 4 to 6 servings

Fresh Morel Mushrooms and Fava Beans


3 pounds fresh fava / broad beans in the pod
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
12 to 15 fresh morels (about 4 ounces), cleaned and halved or quartered lengthwise
1 tablespoon crème fraîche
salt, to taste

Fresh Fava Beans


  1. Remove the fava beans from pods and rinse under cold running water. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Add the fava beans to the boiling water and simmer just until soft, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain and reserve.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a cast-iron or heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add the morel mushrooms and gently cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the crème fraîche, then the favas, and cook just until the favas are heated through, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt.

Morel Mushrooms Sauteed
Something smells good.

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53 Responses to “Sautéed Morel Mushrooms and Fava Beans”

  1. Christina@DeglazeMe says:

    What gorgeous photos, what amazing talent you have! And the recipe is simple, but I bet so tasty. I just love love love morels, and what a combo with the fava beans!! Beautiful!

  2. Rosa says:

    An interesting dish and combination! Really and delicious looking!



  3. Selba says:

    This dish looks so interesting! Wish I could try it :)

  4. Haley W. says:

    This is delightful. I can’t get enough of morels right now, and I’m itching to get my hands on some again. If I do, I’m serving this up.

  5. Caitlin says:

    Wow. See, that’s just unfair. The farmers markets up here aren’t open for another month (!!!) yet, and there you’re taunting me with favas. And morels. You shouldn’t do that unless you’re prepared to send me some, just so you know.

  6. Natashya says:

    Can I come over?
    I have never had fresh fava beans, only dried or frozen.
    And morels, only in my dreams. They both look so delicious.
    I promise to bring wine!

  7. Faery says:

    I wish we had a farmers market here in my town, all I see is canned,packed and some “fresh” vegetables :( well, I guess living in a petroleum camp is not easy. This dish is tempting me, so fresh, the colors are beautiful and the pictures are awesome . This is the first time I see morel mushrooms 8/

  8. Barbara says:

    This recipe looks so fresh and delicious! I have never eaten fava beans nor morels. But I can’t help thinking about Silence of the Lambs.

  9. RecipeGirl says:

    Simply GORGEOUS!! Even though those morels aren’t very pretty, they look gorgeous here! This is such a simple dish to prepare but entirely wonderful. I love the addition of just a splash of creme fraiche.

  10. kat says:

    Beautiful dish, we had something similar at a restaurant yesterday topped with a slice of pork loin.

  11. rainbowbrown says:

    Freaking spring – how I missed it.

  12. maris says:

    I’ve never had morels but of course, reading about them on blogs is making me want to try them! Nice dish, and great photo, as always!

  13. grace says:

    although i can’t say i enjoy morels (or any mushrooms, really), i am a huge fan of fava beans. so meaty. and the creme fraiche is a lovely touch.

  14. red menace says:

    You just combined two of my all-time favorites! I love both favas and morels! However, you must be somewhere warmer than Seattle. No favas here yet!

  15. Joelen says:

    What a great combo and I have to try cooking with these ingredients more. Your photos are gorgeous as usual!

  16. Soma says:

    I have never cooked morels. Sounds like a lovely dish esp.the addition of the creme which takes it to another level.

  17. The Duo Dishes says:

    There are a lot of great morel recipes popping up everywhere! Here is another one. Nice pairing with the fava beans.

  18. Mama JJ says:

    I just made a quart of creme fraiche to use with spring produce (specifically, our asparagus)—you’re right about it being a great way to enjoy those fresh veggies.

  19. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been able to get either morels or fresh fava beans. But you have now set off serious lust in my heart.

  20. Katherine says:

    What an interesting and appetizing combination. Very light and fresh. Perfect Spring time meal!

  21. oggi says:

    I love the fava and morel combination, and the creme fraiche, I’m drooling just looking at the photos.:)

    BTW, are skins soft? I always take out the fava skins before cooking them.

  22. Leela says:

    This is simply gorgeous – real, unadulterated, earthy, naturally-beautiful food.

  23. erin @ dessert girl says:

    Looks yummy! I’ve never had morels before, but I’ve been longing to try them!

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Jude! Yay for fresh morels! I just picked some up on Saturday from my awesome grocery. And fava beans? I just tried them last week cooking a French laundry recipe- I bet they tasted perfect with the mushrooms.

  25. Sean says:

    It’s so hard to find fresh morels where I live. When I do get my hands on some I’ll be attempting this recipe. Looks great Jude!

  26. Miri says:

    Haven’t had either of these before – but have heard so much about them. And then I see these brilliant pics and the recipe for such a simple but obviously flavourful dish – I want to have these NOW!

  27. Hannah says:

    Can you believe I’ve still never had either morels or fava beans? I’m dying to find them, but they still haven’t landed in my local markets!

  28. megan (brooklyn farmhouse) says:

    Beautiful. Wonderful. So delicious. So Spring. I love it. I’m hungry.

  29. CookiePie says:

    Gorgeous photos, and what a perfect spring dish! Delicious!!

  30. Sandie says:

    Lovely combination. I have to ask, were these morels fresh or reconstituted? I wonder because I’ve never seen fresh morels so small. Don’t get me wrong—I would never turn down morel mushrooms in any form—but we used to live on a farm and the morels we readily found each spring were HUGE. I miss those days. Will try this combination soon!

  31. Dragon says:

    A beautiful and healthy dish. Great job.

  32. Jillian says:

    I have been meaning to try morels. I LOVE your photos for this post!!

  33. megan says:

    I have a pound of fresh Morels coming this Friday but I’ve never seen the fresh fava beans. Otherwise I would so try this recipe. It looks delicious.

  34. Lori Lynn says:

    Simply. Beautiful.
    I love the care with which you handle the morels.

  35. Oggi – There was a bit of resistance when you bite into it, but the fava bean skins were soft enough. The original recipe mentioned that as long as the beans are pale green, skinning is optional.

    Sandie – The morels were fresh. In the batch I had, the sizes varied wildly — some as big as a thumbnail, some as big as a thumb.

  36. courtney says:

    Finally getting here to leave a comment. What can I say, this is a beautiful dish. Great use of bot the the morels and the legumes.

  37. Sara says:

    I absolutely love morels! What a great dish to celebrate the taste of the actual beans and mushrooms.

  38. bee says:

    dear jude, how can you not send this gorgeousness for CLICK spring? fava beans and morels have spring written all over them.

  39. katie says:

    Don’t you just love spring? That looks wonderful….

  40. We Are Never Full says:

    what a perfect seasonal side dish. it’s one of those combos that you long for all winter. as usualy, lovely.

  41. Bee – Just submitted the first photo as an entry!

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  43. Marija says:

    Congratulations Jude! :)

  44. Arundathi says:

    Jude, congratulations on winning Click this month! It’s a lovely photo! :-)

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    The colors, textures and comp are lovely – no wonder you nailed a Click award. Bet it tastes fabulous, too.

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  51. Chiquita says:

    I’ve read that the steam/vapor rising from cooking morels contains toxins until the mushrooms have cooked for ~10 minutes (time from memory). Use caution when inhaling the aroma.

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