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Simply Delicious Creamy Lima Beans

Linda lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. Her recipes are simple, delicious, and Southern.

These lima beans are so easy to make . . .  but oh so big on taste!

These lima beans are so easy to make . . . but oh so big on taste!

Authentic Southern Creamy Lima Beans

When I feel really indulgent or am preparing a holiday meal, I can't resist this decadent recipe.

This recipe uses Fordhook lima beans, which is the larger variety of what you may also know as a butter bean. I love the buttery taste of Fordhook lima beans, but I rarely have them unless it's a holiday. That's part of what makes this recipe a special treat.

The dish is really easy to make, but the flavor is so rich and buttery that you'll want to savor every bite. It is a perfect side dish for a holiday meal.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

20 min

30 min

4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen Fordhook lima beans
  • 3/4 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 stick butter or low-fat margerine
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the lima beans to boiling water; then reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes (fresh beans may take a bit longer). Cook until beans are fork-tender.
  2. In a saucepan over low-to-medium heat, add sour cream and butter (or margarine). Stir frequently until completely melted and blended.
  3. Drain beans well in a colander. When completely drained, place the beans in a serving bowl.
  4. Pour sour cream and butter mixture over beans and mix well. Add salt and pepper (and optional red pepper flakes). Stir until well blended.
  5. Serve warm and enjoy!
I love the buttery taste of Fordhook lima beans. This dish is perfect for holidays!

I love the buttery taste of Fordhook lima beans. This dish is perfect for holidays!

Thinking About Your Waistline?

This recipe for creamy lima beans has been adapted with the use of low-fat sour cream and low-fat butter or margarine. If you aren't concerned about your weight or fat intake, it can be made with regular sour cream and butter. Using the low-fat version is certainly healthier and does not compromise taste. Limas are packed full of protein and are a great source of fiber, too.

Where to Find Fordhook Lima Beans

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Comments

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on December 07, 2012:

Hello Ruchira! Thank you for the visit. I hope you will like this recipe as much as I do.

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on December 07, 2012:

Rusticliving - you made me grin from ear to ear. Anyone who loves Lima's so expressively is A-ok in my book. I hope you enjoy them this way.

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on December 07, 2012:

Hi Audrey. Thanks for the visit to my experimental recipe hub. lol

Ruchira from United States on December 06, 2012:

Will give this a try, Irc7815. Thanks :)

Liz Rayen from California on December 06, 2012:

Oh Oh Oh Oh... I LOVE Lima Beans..and this recipe looks amazing. I am so printing this one and adding it to my binder! Thank you so much for sharing Linda! ♥

Audrey Howitt from California on December 06, 2012:

This just looks wonderful!

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on December 04, 2012:

Dang it Shauna, I've developed a bad habit, haven't I?

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 04, 2012:

It's all I use, Linda. It's much healthier and tastes the same. (you forgot to hit go again!)

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on December 03, 2012:

Shauna, I would trust you with my life. I'm going to give the Greek yogurt a try. :-)

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 03, 2012:

Linda, I love, love love lima beans! A healthy hint is to substitute plain non-fat Greek yogurt for any recipe that calls for sour cream. Use it for topping your baked potatoes. The flavor and texture is abolutely the same, but you receive the phenominal probiotic benefits of the yogurt! Trust me, I would not lead you astray on this. I never buy sour cream anymore, but keep a tub of Chobani non-fat plain yogurt on hand at all times!

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on November 30, 2012:

Hi Carol. Thanks for visiting, sharing, and voting. I love this recipe, both for its ease and it's flavor. if you like sour cream and limas, you'll love this.

carol stanley from Arizona on November 30, 2012:

Not to mention all the health benefits of these little beans. I love the sauce as it just looks delicious, thanks to your photos. I love any bean and this is no exception. Thanks for sharing..Voting UP+++

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on November 29, 2012:

Faith, it is no wonder I adore you.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 29, 2012:

It is so deserved . . . I haven't done a recipe hub either yet, but I do have one in mind. So, I will be brave at one point too, maybe even make it a video one---Yikes. There is no reason why you should think this should not be praised, as it is an excellent hub. Well, I really do love lima beans and this hub or I would not have said so.

In His Love, Faith Reaper

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on November 29, 2012:

MH, you're just like Bill and Faith. You're such good friends that you'll read anything and make me feel like I'm a master crafter. What would I do without you?

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on November 29, 2012:

suziecat - I'm with you on limas. If you like them, you will love them fixed this way, especially if you use the big fordhooks. Thanks for making me feel better. :-)

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on November 29, 2012:

Dearest Faith, you are welcme at my table anytime, no matter what I'm serving. This recipe is almost a joke. It's so simple. Having been here for six months now, a recipe was the only thing I had not experimented with. When my first two commenters said they hated lima beans, I thought "oh no, this is going to be embarrassing". But it's okay, I love this recipe and now I've published one so...I'm done. :-) Thank you for always encouraging, even when it isn't deserved.

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on November 29, 2012:

LOL Mary, I'm so glad that I'm not the only one that likes lima beans. I grew up on beans and taters and I've never met a bean I didn't like. This was the easiest recipe I could think of for trying the HP recipe formating. I took the easy way out, no doubt. Thanks for reading it!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on November 29, 2012:

Yes I like Lima beans, so thank you for this recipe.

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on November 29, 2012:

Well, I like Lima beans and will definitely try this. Thanks!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 29, 2012:

Well, I AM a big fan of lima beans and always have been. Your recipe sounds delicious, when can I come over for a bite . . . well maybe more than just a bite?

Linda, thank you so much for sharing this great recipe with us here.

Making me so hungry right now and craving some lima beans!!!

Voted up+++

In His Love, Faith Reaper

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 29, 2012:

Hey, I love lima beans!!! In fact, I never met a bean I didn't like. They are so good for you, too. I grew up poor, and we ate lots of beans cause they were cheap.

I've never put sour cream in lima beans, but I betcha it's good.

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on November 29, 2012:

Dana, you are a brave soul. I think I picked the one vegetable on the planet that no one likes to experiment with the recipe feature. Oh well. Thanks for suffering through it. lol

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on November 29, 2012:

Linda, I am laughing so hard. So far, I haven't found anyone who likes Limas and I love them. I probably failed miserably testing this recipe thing out but it's okay, I never intended to be known as the Galloping Gourmet of HP. Thanks for reading it (or did you). I bet you looked at the photo and said - "Yuk". :-) It's okay. lol

Dana Strang from Ohio on November 29, 2012:

Simple and easy to follow. My kind of recipe. I have never liked Lima Beans, but I want to. I think I am going to try this. Though I feel the need to add cheese. Hmm...I do not think my waistline will like that. I will stick to your version. :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 29, 2012:

Outstanding recipe hub Linda! Yet, I'm not a fan of Lima Beans, but you got my votes! ;)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 29, 2012:

Never doubt me...I will have your back even when faced with stomach-turning lima beans. LOL

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on November 29, 2012:

God, I love you! I am laughing my ass off. Pardon the language but it's true. I sent you an email, warning you about this. But you are so right, we are buddies and I promise not to do this to you again. LMAO !!!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 29, 2012:

This is when you know that a follower is a true follower, when they are willing to read a recipe that .....well, let's say I get sick eating lima beans and leave it at that. :)

I have no doubt this is delicious if one is inclined toward lima beans, and I'll read anything you write because, well, you know....we are buddies! :)

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