Lima Bean Recipes

Browse more than 80 recipes with lima beans (also known as butter beans) complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips. Try them in soups and stews or dried.

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Brunswick Stew

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This recipe has been in my family for many years, ever since we moved to Georgia over 30 years ago. It consists of chicken and salt pork with potatoes, beans and other vegetables. It's both hearty and delicious.

Easy Lima Beans

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Baby lima beans are steamed in chicken broth. This is a very tasty lima bean recipe that is also low in fat.

Southern Style Beef Stew

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This is how my mother in law makes beef stew and she is from Alabama. As southern as you can get. Do not use generic tomatoes, they make this bland. I use arm shoulder roast and cut it up cause some beef stew meat is too tough. You can also make this with turtle meat and call it turtle stew, that's what we do! You can adjust the ingredients according to your own taste. We love to eat this with buttered bread.

Delicious Vegetable Beef Soup

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This is truly delicious! This is a variation of my mother-in-laws soup with a little more vegetable and broth to make it more of a meal. I hope you enjoy it!

Luscious Lima Bean Soup II

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Slow cooking ease combined with fantastic flavor has made this a favorite at our house & even kid's 'yuk-lima beans' have turned into 'YUM--LIMA BEAN SOUP.'

Calico Beans

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This casserole is the best! I take it to pot lucks, picnics, camping trips, etc.

Granny's Okra Soup

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A delicious beef and vegetable soup that is a variation on the okra and tomato-based soup my great-grandmother used to make on the farm in Alabama. It's great with fresh or canned veggies, works with just about any alterations - I use fresh, locally-grown ingredients and it's always amazing. All ingredient measurements are approximate. The important thing about Granny's okra soup is that the tomato is the main ingredient, but okra, lima beans and potatoes are important too. Adding or subtracting other vegetables to taste or based on availability is perfectly acceptable.

Pan-Fried Butter Beans

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I can see where a recipe title with the words 'fried' and 'butter' appearing one after the other may scare a few people off, but there's no reason to be alarmed. This pan-fried butter beans recipe is delicious, super-easy, and yes, good for you. You can substitute sherry vinegar for the white wine vinegar, if desired. You can substitute other fresh herbs for the rosemary, if desired.
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Dad's Lima Bean Soup with Ham Bone

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This was one of my father's favorite dishes, a staple of Depression-era cooking when fresh meat was scarce and soup stretched everything. Simmered until thick, with chunks of ham - even lima-bean-haters enjoy this hearty soup.

Luscious Lima Bean Soup

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Quick, easy, and wildly satisfying soup that is both light and hearty. This soup freezes wonderfully, and can be used for lunches or quick suppers. Enjoy!!

Slow Cooker Southern Lima Beans and Ham

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I searched your website for the simple lima bean recipe that my mom used to make and the one that is served by many restaurants here in the south as a side dish. I couldn't find one, so I submitted my own. This is an easy, basic lima bean dish with ham, onion, and seasonings. Served over Mexican cornbread, it makes a delicious hearty meal. You can also do this on the stovetop. Just follow the directions on the back of the lima bean bag and add the seasonings. Slow cooker time is about 7 hours. Add a side salad for a complete meal.

Quick Bean and Turkey Italian Meatballs

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A lighter version of Italian meatballs that go well with pasta. Serve with spaghetti and sauce or any other pasta.

Inspiration and Ideas

4-Bean Baked Beans

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Four different kinds of beans baked with molasses. I have substituted different kinds of beans and enjoyed all of the results. Use whatever kind of beans you like! I have also used Canadian bacon instead of regular bacon.

Succotash

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Frozen or canned vegetables may be substituted for fresh ones.

Betty's 3-Bean Hot Dish (a la Minnesota)

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My dearest 80-something friend Betty gave me this sensational, hearty recipe for a 3-bean hot dish. She's Finnish, I believe this has roots to home, and it's really tasty! My hubby, who hates beans, demanded I get the recipe. We first devoured it at Betty and Jim's 60th wedding anniversary! Perfect for potlucks.