Chef John's Succotash


This may be America's oldest vegetable recipe, coming from a Narragansett Indian word, 'msickquatash,' which, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, means 'boiled corn kernels.' When most of you hear the word succotash, you probably don't think of a delicious vegetable side dish, you probably think of the catchphrase, 'Sufferin' succotash!' But succotash really is a great and very underrated recipe.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons butter

  • ½ yellow onion, diced

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup diced tomatoes

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 2 green zucchinis, cut into cubes

  • 4 ounces fresh green beans, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 ½ cups corn

  • 1 cup frozen baby lima beans, thawed


  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion with a pinch of salt in hot butter and oil until onion is softened and slightly golden, 6 to 7 minutes. Add red bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic; cook and stir until peppers are fragrant and softened, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Stir tomatoes, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper into onion mixture; cook and stir until heated through, 1 to 3 minutes. Add zucchini, green beans, water, and a pinch of salt; cook until zucchini are almost tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir corn and lima beans into zucchini mixture until heated through, about 3 to 5 minutes more. Season with salt.

    close up view of a vegetable Succotash with zucchini, peppers, corn, lima beans, and green beans in a pan
    Chef John

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

127 Calories
4g Fat
20g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 127
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 32mg 159%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 469mg 10%

* 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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