Southern Butter Beans

Butter Beans

Any Southerner worth their salt has eaten so many butter beans in their lifetime it’s hard to know whether to list it as a main dish or a side dish.  If you haven’t made a meal of butter beans over some fresh cornbread, you haven’t spent much time in the South.

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Southern Butter Beans
Any Southerner worth their salt has eaten so many butter beans in their lifetime it’s hard to know whether to list it as a main dish or a side dish. If you haven’t made a meal of butter beans over some fresh cornbread, you haven’t spent much time in the South.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 12
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb bag of large lima beans
  • Water to cover, plus an inch
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) of butter
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4-6 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Rinse and sort beans.
  2. Place beans into stockpot with just enough water to cover them, plus about an inch.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and turn off the burner.
  5. Let the beans soak covered for one hour, drain and set aside.
  6. Pour 4-6 cups of fresh water over the beans.
  7. Add chicken bouillon.
  8. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and let simmer for about 1 hour.
  9. Stir in the butter
  10. Continue cooking on a low simmer an additional hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until beans are tender and sauce thickens.
  11. Add additional chicken stock or water only if needed.

Southern Butter Beans

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Adriana

Thank you! I’ve been looking for this. ^_^

Guy Fuller

One more instruction. Add the salt only after the beans have softened. Adding before can thicken the skin and result in longer cooking time.

Julia Lane

This recipe was easy and so delicious! My family gobbled it up! Thank you mama Peggy!

Leslie Strahan

My mom and her family ate these with mayo added at serving with a side of cornbread. Yum–a meal in itself!

Wanda

Mayo…..I’ve never known anyone to do that. Where was she from?

Judy Burgess

I like a spoonful of mayonnaise on mine too. Daddy was from north Alabama, and he liked that. Mama was from south Alabama, and she had never heard of that. I would use ham hocks or Bacon or ham to flavor, so I gave this 4 stars.

Tina

Oh yes! We love any beans with mayo
(preferably Dukes Mayo) and butter milk made cornbread! So good!!

Betty

my mom made butter beans with evaporated milk –more like a soup–ever heard of this???

Lena

My mother did them this way too and I would love to have the recipe. I have tried to make something like she did, Just by cooking the beans in water and chicken or vegetable broth and when they are done adding butter and the milk, but the taste is not exactly like I remember

Tracie

My mum makes hers with evaporated milk, butter and garlic. Our family is having a get together today and she asked me to bring the butter beans. ☺️

Helen

I remember eating these as a kid ….thank you for this recipe . These wonderful southern recipes are so awesome, wish I would have known mama Peggy her smile makes my heart sing.

Vicki Glasscock

My mother’s family was from PA and they cooked butter beans, butter peas, or black eyes served over rice with deep fried okra and diced tomatoes with a dollop of mayo. They just called it Concoction.

jason rogers

Sounds great Vicki.I love okra that is fried(shall I say burned).In fact butter beans and okra are the only two healthy deviations from my usual meat and sweets diet.

Gregory Scott

I love butter beans. My mom would make it after Christmas using the ham bone and left over bits of ham to make the stock before cooking. They came out GREAT! With cornbread on the side of course.

jason rogers

I found this site when I was looking for real butter bean seeds to grow in SC.I haven’t had any decent butter beans since both grandpa’s grew them in their gardens.Sorry to hear mama Peggy is no longer here.Bless her heart.Will anyone reading this please advise me on where to get butterbean seeds,and I don’t mean lima beans(I cant stand limas).Butter beans are the smaller,light green as opposed to limas being larger and white.

Carol A Ogle

I haven’t tried the recipe yet, but they all look great!

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