Simple Succotash Recipe

May 20, 2013 1 Comment

Succotash Recipe

Thuffering Thucotash!

I don’t know about you, but succotash sounds very appealing to me. I always think of Sylvester the Cat saying “Thuffering Thucotash!” The word succotash is actually a Native American word meaning “boiled corn kernels.” So, taken broadly, any cooked corn dish could be termed a succotash. Although succotash has sometimes gotten a bad name due to indifferent cafeteria cooking, it can be a very tasty and flavorful dish.

The main ingredients of succotash are generally fresh corn and lima beans, but there are any number of variations that you can make. Here is my simple take on succotash. Serve it as a summer side dish, when the corn is good and sweet like it is on the Jersey shore in August but don’t let that stop you from making it other times of the year. I try to always use fresh vegetables when available but frozen can be used and still taste good.

Pack enough vegetables into it, along with other shell beans, and you have a really hearty meatless main course.

Consider this recipe a jumping off point. From this base, you can add almost any fresh vegetables that you have on hand and change up the seasonings to make the dish truly your own.

Simple Succotash Recipe

Simple Succotash Recipe


2 tablespoons butter

1 minced shallot

2 cups fresh baby lima beans (you can also use frozen)

6 ears of corn, shucked and cleaned of silk

Pepper flake, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce, to taste (optional)

1-14/5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained (or about 2 cups very ripe diced fresh tomatoes, peeled and deseeded)*

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

½ cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons mixed fresh mild herbs (thyme, oregano, chervil, chives, etc)

How To Prepare At Home

Cut the kernels off the corn cobs by holding each ear vertically inside a large bowl. Make sure the end of the ear is firmly touching the bottom of the bowl. Using a sharp chef knife, slice the kernels off the ear, rotating the ear a bit before each new cut. Scrape the cobs with the back of your knife to get the rest of the pulp and milk.

Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the butter, swirling it around the pan.

When butter is mostly melted, sweat the shallot for a minute or two, until softened and translucent.

Add the lima beans, corn, optional pepper flake, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until hot and simmering.

Stir in the heavy cream and cook for a minute to reduce by ¼.

Stir in the fresh herbs. Taste and correct seasonings.

Serve warm, but this is even really tasty at room temperature.

*To peel tomatoes, cut a small “X” on the bottom of each tomato. Immerse in boiling water for about 30 seconds, then plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Skins should slip off with no problem. To deseed tomatoes, cut in half around the equator and squeeze the seeds out. Dice and proceed with the recipe.

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  1. BK says:

    Where I came from in the middle west, succotash was made with green beans and fresh corn and was/is delicious. It was many years ago but I seem to remember it probably had a little bacon, or bacon drippings, in it as did all fresh green beans in my home. My New England in-laws immediately told me that I was wrong, it only included corn and lima beans. Even my worldly husband questioned my use of the improper beans. Glad to see that some one else realizes that other vegetables are also perfect for this dish.
    Green beans are still my “bean” of choice!

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