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 recipe yields 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 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

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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)


We enjoyed a new way of eating Lima beans...but we both felt that not only were we raised on canned Lima beans but we felt we prefer them over the frozen ones...we did enjoy trying a new recipe....but this wasn't a favorite of ours...Made for "Bill Board" tag game...

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(26 Jan 2016)