Fresh Southern Succotash with Bacon

This Southern succotash is packed with flavor and fresh ingredients, including okra, tomatoes, corn and bacon—so much goodness in one bite! If you can't find fresh okra, feel free to use thawed frozen okra. Read the author's story behind the recipe: Nothing Says Summer to Me More Than My Mom's Southern Succotash.

Fresh Southern Succotash with Bacon
Photo: Andrea Mathis
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 4 strips bacon, chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cups frozen lima beans, thawed (6 1/2 ounces)

  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 large ears)

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 ½ cups sliced fresh okra (6 ounces)

  • cup water

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • Ground pepper to taste


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon.

  2. Add onion to the pan and cook, stirring, until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add lima beans, corn and tomatoes; cook, stirring, until the lima beans are tender, about 5 minutes. Add okra and water and cook, stirring, until the okra is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 7 minutes more. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in the bacon before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

145 Calories
3g Fat
23g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size generous 3/4 cup
Calories 145
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 763IU 15%
Sodium 410mg 18%
Potassium 584mg 12%

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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