Fun fact: Succotash — from the Narragansett word msíckquatash meaning “boiled corn kernels” — was likely served at the first Thanksgiving.

Originally made field corn, native shell beans, and a protein (bear, fish, beef, salt pork, etc.) the traditional succotash recipe has morphed to feature sweet corn and lima beans.

For this version, we added onions, red bell pepper, garlic, and basil. But feel free to swap in your favorite vegetables (or add more veggies to the mix)!

Then, we sautéed the aromatic vegetables in olive oil to give the dish an almost-buttery flavor.

To make the flavor even richer, try it with shallots instead of onion. In summer, take advantage of seasonal sweet corn on the cob. In winter, frozen corn kernels will work just fine.

If you somehow end up with leftovers, try a scoop on a bed of leafy greens, or enjoy it for breakfast with a sunny-side-up egg and a few dashes of hot sauce.

Succotash Recipe |

Succotash Recipe |

5 from 2 votes


Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 21 mins
Total Time 31 mins
Servings 10 servings, about ½ cup each
Calories 102 kcal


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, chopped
  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • cups fresh (or frozen) corn kernels (about 4 ears of corn)
  • 2 cups lima beans (or shelled edamame)
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh basil, thinly sliced


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and bell peppers. Season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until soft.
  3. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  4. Add corn and lima beans. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil, covered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until corn and lima beans are tender.
  5. Add basil before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 217mg9%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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1 Yellow

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Photos by Kirsten Morningstar