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Simple Lima Beans inside a cast iron pan and a bag of large lima beans placed on the side

Simple Southern Lima Beans

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A simple recipe for deliciously creamy butter beans that's sure to satisfy. Serve over hot cooked rice and alongside your favorite cornbread or biscuits.


  • 1 (1-pound) package Camellia Brand Large Lima Beans
  • 5 slices bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 ham hock or ½ pound seasoning meat, optional
  • 8-10 cups water or chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Total time:
3 hours, 10 minutes
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
3 hours


  1. Rinse and sort large lima beans.
  2. In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp.
  3. Add chopped onion to bacon grease in the pot, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the beans, ham hock or seasoning meat, and enough water or broth to cover the beans.
  5. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender. Keep beans covered while cooking, by adding more liquid as necessary.
  6. If using ham hock, remove from pot. If desired, chop or shred ham, discarding skin, bones and cartilage, and stir ham back into beans.
  7. Season to taste and serve hot.

Ingredients used in this Recipe

bacon large lima beans onion water salt pepper ham hock