Lima Beans

Lima Beans

Lima beans, also known as butter beans, are large, creamy-colored beans with a buttery and slightly starchy flavor. They are commonly used in various cuisines, including Southern, Caribbean, and Latin American dishes.


  • 2 cups dried lima beans (or 4 cups canned lima beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth (if using dried beans)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: herbs and spices like thyme, rosemary, paprika, or cayenne pepper for added flavor


  1. If using dried lima beans, rinse them thoroughly and soak them overnight in water. Drain the soaked beans before cooking. If using canned lima beans, skip to step 3.
  2. In a large pot, add the soaked and drained lima beans and cover them with water or vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the beans are tender. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a separate large pot or skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Add the cooked or canned lima beans to the pot with the onions and garlic. Stir well to combine.
  5. Add the bay leaf and any desired herbs or spices for extra flavor. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the lima beans for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  7. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

Lima beans can be served as a side dish, added to soups and stews, or used in various recipes such as succotash, salads, and casseroles. They are a nutritious and versatile legume that adds a creamy texture and hearty flavor to your meals. Enjoy your lima beans!

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