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Succotash | Magnolia Days

I drove to the market filled with anticipation. My arrival was early as usual. Luckily the gate was open and I passed through it with total haste. Getting the best of the best was my mission. The local farmers market is quite small and the good stuff goes quickly. My first stop is always the table with heirloom tomatoes. A few pounds of heirlooms are purchased along with some Better Boy ones. Moving on through the market I found zucchini, corn, and lima beans. As I filled my shopping bag, I knew succotash would be the dish to make.

Tomatoes and Zucchini | Magnolia Days

Succotash is simply a mixed vegetable side dish. There are many variations and the most common two ingredients are corn and lima beans. Using fresh picked from the garden or farmers market veggies gives the best flavor. You can use frozen corn and limas if they are not in season or available. Substitute away! Love bell peppers? Throw them in the mix. Spice it up with jalapeños or bump up the amount of hot sauce. It’s a very versatile dish.

A cast iron skillet is the recommended cooking vessel. You can use a large sauté pan or skillet if you don’t have one. However there is some magic about cooking in cast iron. It’s probably from my Southern upbringing and I can’t imagine certain recipes cooked in anything else. Cornbread is one of them. Well, then you would need two skillets because cornbread goes so well with succotash.

Succotash | Magnolia Days

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Succotash | Magnolia Days
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Succotash is a Southern mixed vegetable side dish made with corn, lima beans, tomatoes, zucchini, and onion. It is a great way to use summer vegetables.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Renee Dobbs


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lima beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups corn kernels
  • 2 medium red tomatoes chopped
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Simmer the lima beans in lightly salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the chopped onion and sprinkle with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent.
  4. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened (about 5 minutes).
  6. Add the lima beans, corn, tomatoes, and hot sauce. Stir to combine.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover skillet. Cook until heated through and tomatoes are soft, about 10 minutes*. Stir occasionally.
  8. Add chopped basil and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a bowl to serve.

Recipe Notes

*You can cook for less or more time depending on desired texture of vegetables.

Succotash is a Southern mixed vegetable side dish made with corn, lima beans, tomatoes, zucchini, and onion. It is a great way to use summer vegetables.

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Recipe Rating

Cindys Recipes and Writings

Saturday 3rd of August 2013

I never put tomatoes in succotash. Must try it.


Saturday 3rd of August 2013

Oh yes, please do. Tomatoes are great in succotash.

Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

Wednesday 31st of July 2013

I've recently really been turned on to succotash. This looks like one we need to try!


Thursday 1st of August 2013

Thank you Sarah. Glad you have learned about and enjoy succotash.

Anita at Hungry Couple

Wednesday 31st of July 2013

Oh, I haven't had succotash in a long time but I love it because I love lima beans. Now I need to get some... :)


Thursday 1st of August 2013

Thanks Anita! And yes, it's time to get some fresh lima beans.

Jane's Adventures in Dinner

Tuesday 30th of July 2013

This is so beautifully summery, totally love this dish.


Wednesday 31st of July 2013

Thanks Jane

Family Foodie

Tuesday 30th of July 2013

What is better than a fresh veggie succotash?! This looks beautiful with all of the colors and I could definitely go for a piece of cornbread on the side... yum!


Wednesday 31st of July 2013

Oh yes, cornbread on the side for sure.