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Succotash {Corn and Bean Side Dish}

This easy Succotash recipe is a quick, 30-minute, one-pot side or budget-friendly main course that pairs sweet corn, buttery lima beans, and tangy tomatoes with a spiced butter sauce for one ridiculously delicious dish!

Serve with grilled meats, burgers, fish, or even crispy chicken tenders for one complete and flavorful summertime meal!

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Succotash

Succotash is a quick and easy side dish or flavorful main course. Made with sweet corn, buttery lima beans, red-ripe tomatoes, and cooked in a buttery sauce, this savory side dish complements almost anything coming off the grill!

This vibrant and flavorful side is ready in just 30-minutes, making this a perfect dish to whip together when you have guests coming over or quickly need to make a side to bring to your next get-together!

Why do they call it Succotash?

Consisting mainly of sweet corn with lima beans along with other ingredients such as corned beef, turnips, salted pork, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and okra, Succotash seems to be a “Southern” dish even though it’s origins are not.

The name originated from a New England Native American tribe, the Narragansett, word “sohquttahhash,” which roughly translates to “broken corn kernels.”

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Ingredients Needed

  • Olive oil 
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Corn 
  • Lima beans
  • Bell pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Green beans
  • Onion
  • Butter 
  • Salt 
  • Ground black pepper 
  • Smoked paprika 
  • Parsley

Corn – Feel free to use fresh, canned, or frozen corn. If using frozen, allow corn to completely thaw and drain any excess liquid prior to adding to sauté pan.

Lima beans – While canned lima beans are quick, easy, and efficient; feel free to use dried and cook according to package for added depth of flavor.

Green beans – Use fresh or frozen green beans. I would not recommend using canned as they tend to be mushy and become overly soft when cooked.

Garlic – While freshly minced garlic will give you a more robust flavor, feel free to use pre-minced garlic if that’s all you have on hand.

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How to make Succotash

ONE: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

TWO: Add onion, garlic, corn, and lima beans and sauté for 5 minutes.

THREE: Add the bell pepper, tomatoes, butter, salt, pepper, and paprika and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

FOUR: Remove from heat and top with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

spoon full of vegetables

Fresh vs Frozen Vegetables

While succotash is traditionally a summer side, you can enjoy this dish year-round! Before fresh corn reaches its peak, look to the freezer section. Frozen vegetables are flash-frozen after harvest, meaning they retain those sweet summertime flavors and taste amazing in this dish.

But as summer vegetables start to come into the market and reach their peak of ripeness, I would recommend using fresh instead of frozen.

Do you eat it warm or cold?

Succotash can be hot, warm, room temperature, or even chilled straight from the fridge. It’s delicious at all temperatures!

What to serve with Succotash?

Succotash is a bright and fresh dish that pairs nicely with a variety of meats and seafood. Below are a few of my favorite dishes to enjoy this side:

Or enjoy as an inexpensive main course (my family enjoys it this way often!) and serve with my Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread, for one comforting meal!

Make Ahead

This simple side is an excellent make ahead dish as it can be made up to 5 days in advance.

How to store leftovers

Store any leftover Sweet Corn Succotash in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

When ready to reheat, place leftovers in a skillet and warm over low heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through.

While succotash can be frozen for up to 3 months, I personally do not recommend as I find vegetables become mushy and watery once thawed.

Can I use dried beans?

You certainly can use dried beans. Prior to cooking, be sure to pick out any discolored or shriveled beans. Give a quick rinse, soak, rinse, and then cook via stovetop, slow cooker, or pressure cooker according to their package directions. Then add in according to recipe!

Is Succotash from New England?

Succotash originated with the Narragansett people in what is today, Rhode Island. The settlers interpreted and anglicized their word “sohquttahhash,” which described a dish of corn and beans. And this dish could have only been created in this region, as the Three Sisters of corn, beans, and squash are native.

And while it’s traditionally a New England dish, it can be found in the Midwest and the South with regional differences, with corn and lima beans remaining the same amongst all recipes.

Tips for using fresh corn

  • While you can cut the corn off the cob with a sharp knife, this corn cob tool is easier and safer!
  • When boiling the ears of corn, throw in sugar, not salt, to help sweeten it. Salt will toughen and dehydrate the corn, so save the salt for after the corn has been cooked.
  • Not a fan of boiling? Try roasting in the oven! Peel and butter the cobs. Wrap in foil a roast in a 450°F oven for 20 minutes. Remove, allow to rest for 2-3 minutes before unwrapping. Allow corn to completely cool before removing kernels.
  • Cooked corn can last up to 5 days in the fridge when covered or stored in an airtight container. Feel free to store on the cob or just as kernels.
four bowls of corn succotash

Tips for No Leftovers

  • If you’d prefer some meat, feel free to add bacon or ham to the dish.
  • Add squash, carrots, cauliflower, or jalapenos for added veggies and a touch of heat!
  • Feel free to add a bit of heavy cream to make the sauce a little more luscious.
  • Top with cheddar cheese and bake to turn it into a succotash casserole.
  • Made a Louisiana-style succotash by adding in ¼ teaspoon of Cajun seasoning and diced andouille sausage.
  • For a southern-style succotash, add in some sliced okra!

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This easy one-pot Corn Succotash recipe is a tasty side dish or budget-friendly main course! Ready in just 30-minutes, this simple summertime dish can be enjoyed year-round using fresh, frozen, or canned beans and veggies!

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Corn Succotash

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This easy Succotash recipe is a quick, 30-minute, one-pot side or budget-friendly main course that pairs sweet corn, buttery lima beans, and tangy tomatoes with a spiced butter sauce for one ridiculously delicious dish!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 2 cups frozen Lima beans (thawed)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan and cook the onion, garlic, corn, and lima beans for 5 minutes.
  1. Add the bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, butter, salt, pepper and paprika and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and top with parsley.
  3. Enjoy.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 393mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 8gSugar: 8gProtein: 9g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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