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Southern Succotash Recipe

This Southern Succotash recipe is an easy side dish or affordable entrée that pairs sweet corn, lima beans and tomatoes with savory bacon and butter!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword skillet succotash recipe, southern succotash, succotash recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 - 8 people
Calories 203.3kcal
Author Blair


  • 2 slices bacon
  • ½ cup diced sweet onion (such as Vidalia)
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 (9 ounce) package frozen lima beans (or use 1 ½ cups fresh lima beans)
  • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen corn kernels (or use 2 ⅔ cup fresh corn off the cob)
  • 3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (I use about ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper)
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh herbs such as basil, parsley or dill


  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp (about 6-8 minutes). Remove bacon with tongs and set aside on paper towels to cool.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the bacon fat; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Add the lima beans, corn, tomatoes and water. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring regularly, until vegetables are tender (about 7-10 minutes). Remove from heat.
  • Stir in butter; season with salt and pepper to taste. Crumble bacon over top and garnish with herbs. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • Fresh or frozen corn and lima beans will work, so choose whatever is most readily available. I like to use cherry or grape tomatoes, but larger seeded, diced tomatoes will also work.
  • Vegetarian Succotash: Skip the bacon and instead cook the onion and garlic in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • If you like okra, you can also add ½ cup trimmed, chopped fresh okra to the succotash recipe along with the other vegetables.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs -- especially if you're serving this dish in the summer when herbs are readily available. I prefer basil, but parsley and dill are also great options for a bright touch of green!
  • For a cheesy succotash recipe, try a succotash casserole like this one that includes cheddar cheese.
  • For a Louisiana-style Southern Succotash recipe, try adding ¼ teaspoon of Creole or Cajun seasoning to the dish. You might also like some diced andouille sausage instead of the bacon.


Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 203.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.3g | Protein: 8.2g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 3.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 13.7mg | Sodium: 229.4mg | Potassium: 583.7mg | Fiber: 6.6g | Sugar: 3.3g