Fresh Succotash

Sides | August 14, 2015 | By

If the only succotash you’ve ever had was corn and lima beans, frozen in a bag and drowned in a heavy cream sauce then you have to try this recipe!  It’s so easy and quick to put together using fresh corn off the cob.  You absolutely don’t want to substitute the fresh corn in this recipe for frozen or canned.  The crisp kernels really make this a stand out dish that everyone will love. 

Fresh Succotash

I know, I know…nobody loves to take the corn off of the cob.  It can be a messy job!  I have a trick that makes removing the corn from the cob super simple and neat.  Just place the stem of your corn cob into the hole of a bundt pan and then remove the kernels with a sharp knife.  The bundt pan catches the kernels with no mess!

Remove corn from cob

To keep this recipe quick and easy I’m using canned butter beans for a creamy consistency and mild flavor, reserving some of the liquid to make a light sauce. Fresh red peppers add gorgeous color along with onion and garlic sauteed in a little butter because well…corn and butter just go together!  Adding a little lemon juice to the reserved butter bean liquid really brightens everything up, don’t skip it.  Parsley adds more freshness to the flavors and the little kick of cayenne makes this dish perfect!  It tastes like summer on a plate! 

Fresh Succotash

Fresh Succotash
Serves 4
The perfect quick and easy summer side dish using fresh crisp corn and creamy butter beans.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
  1. 1 (15-ounce) can butter beans, 2 tablespoons liquid reserved, rinsed
  2. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  3. 3 tablespoons butter
  4. 1 small onion, chopped fine
  5. 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  8. Pinch cayenne pepper or more to taste
  9. 4 ears corn, kernels cut from cobs or approximately 3 cups
  10. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  1. Stir reserved 2 TBSP of bean liquid and lemon juice together in small bowl and set aside. Melt butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and beginning to brown, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cayenne and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and add corn and beans. Cook, stirring occasionally, until corn and beans have cooked through, about 4 minutes only. Add the bean liquid mixture and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Remove skillet from heat, stir in parsley, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Do not substitute frozen or canned corn.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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