Southern Butter Beans


This Southern butter bean recipe is the way Mamaw used to make them! Lots of butter, cream, and bacon make these beans true Southern comfort food.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package dried lima beans

  • 5 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • ½ cup butter

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place lima beans in a large pot. Cover with water and soak overnight. Drain and return lima beans to the pot; cover beans with fresh water.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir bacon in the hot skillet until crisp, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Reserve about 2 teaspoons bacon drippings.

  3. Add bacon and reserved bacon drippings to lima beans in the pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until beans are just tender, 40 to 60 minutes. Stir heavy cream and butter into bean mixture and cook until thickened, about 15 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

425 Calories
25g Fat
36g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 1024mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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