Simply Delightful & Easy Lima Beans

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"I love lima beans and wanted to make a simple recipe that was tasteful but quick and easy to make. I had made something similar years back but changed it to suit my taste."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (236.6 g)
  • Calories 87.6
  • Total Fat - 6.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 303.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 6.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.1 g
  • Sugars - 2.4 g
  • Protein - 1.6 g
  • Calcium - 39.3 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 9.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Place frozen lima beans in a saucepan. Cover with the water.

Step 2

Add garlic, thyme and bay leaf and stir. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 - 20 minutes or until tender.

Step 3

Into a sieve that is place over a bowl, pour off broth. Pour approximately 1/2 - 1 cup of broth back into saucepan with lima beans. Shake any garlic or thyme that sticks to sieve back into the lima bean mixture. Discard bay leaf. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Evenly pour olive oil over all and stir. Check for seasoning and adjust with salt, pepper, olive oil, if necessary. Serve hot.

NOTE: to remove leaves from stem, turn stem upside down and run both index finger and thumb down main stem. This will remove outer stems and leaves. Add outer stems and leaves to dish. Do not chop


No special items needed.

7 Reviews


We enjoyed these, but maybe I am just stuck in the way we always make lima beans.....always with bacon or ham hocks. These were enjoyed with roasted chicken. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(15 Jul 2020)


So, so good! We love lima beans no matter what, but this prep was easy and made them oh-so-tasty! I used frozen baby lima beans and went way over the top with both the garlic and the thyme. These will definitely be on our regular rotation from now on!


review by:
(7 Jan 2020)


Yes, they are - simply delightful and easy! I loved the fresh thyme. I scared away 2 geese and their goslings in order to get it, but they'll be back! DH and I both enjoyed these lima beans - who knew!?


review by:
(31 May 2019)

dienia b

I love a Lima bean and these no exception, good recipe


review by:
(14 Nov 2018)


Absolutely love them!


review by:
(1 May 2017)

Smells Like Salad

I prefer to steam rather than boil most vegetables and I used frozen limas (next best thing to fresh). Fresh variegated oregano from the garden replaced thyme; (bruised) fresh bay from the garden. Garlic was reduced, too. This was a delicious accompaniment to pan grilled chicken. Too bad that most folks are only familiar with those lima bean imposters in a can of Campbell's Alphabet soup (and of which I readily admit I love those imposters!) ;) Prepared for the FYC tag game.


(27 Jun 2016)

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