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Simply Delicious Creamy Lima Beans

Updated on October 13, 2014
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Linda lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. Her recipes are simple, delicious, and southern.

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3.5 stars from 43 ratings of Creamy Lima Beans

This recipe for Simply Delicious Creamy Lima Beans uses Fordhook Lima Beans, the larger variety of what you may also know as a butter bean. When I feel really indulgent or, am preparing a holiday meal, I can't resist this decadent recipe. I love the buttery taste of Fordhook Lima beans but rarely have them unless it's a holiday. That makes this recipe even more of a treat.


The recipe is simple but gives Fordhook Lima beans a rich butteryness that makes you want to savor each bite. It is a perfect side dish for a holiday meal.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4-6

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, (if desired)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Add fresh or frozen Fordhook Limas to boiling water. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and let beans simmer for 20 minutes. Fresh beans may take a bit longer. Cook until beans are fork tender.
  2. Place sour cream and butter (or margarine) in a saucepan over low-to medium heat. Stir frequently until completely melted and blended.
  3. Drain beans well in a colander and when completely drained, place in a serving bowl.
  4. Pour sour cream and butter mixture over beans and mix well. Add salt and pepper and if desired, the red pepper flakes and stir until well blended.
  5. Add salt and pepper and if desired, the red pepper flakes and stir until well blended.
  6. Serve warm.

Thinking about your waistline?

This recipe for Simply Delicious 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.


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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

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

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    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.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

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

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    Will give this a try, Irc7815. Thanks :)

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    Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

    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! ♥

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    Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

    This just looks wonderful!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

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

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    Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

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

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

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

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    Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

    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!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    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.

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    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+++

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Faith, it is no wonder I adore you.

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    Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

    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

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    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?

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    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. :-)

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    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.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    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!

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

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

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    suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

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

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    Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

    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

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    Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

    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.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    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

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    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

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    Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

    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. :)

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

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

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    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 !!!!

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    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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