Stewed Lima Beans

This lima bean recipe is the creation of Mable Clarke, a South Carolina cook and activist. This side dish is on the menu for Clarke's monthly fish fry that she started to save the Soapstone Baptist Church. No need for ham hocks with this recipe--her onion-rich roast turkey stock gives these humble beans a rich, savory flavor, but store-bought will also do the trick. A long, slow simmer coaxes the creaminess out of the limas.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
10 servings


  • 1 pound dried lima beans, soaked overnight

  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

  • 8 cups turkey stock

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Drain and rinse beans. Transfer to a large pot and add onion, broth, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook until the beans are tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Serve the beans with the broth.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

190 Calories
2g Fat
32g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 190
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 14g 28%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Vitamin A 39IU 1%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Folate 181mcg 45%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 105mg 25%
Potassium 969mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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