Simple Garlicky Lima Beans

Simple Garlicky Lima BeansRecipe
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Cindy Barr

This is a delicious, basic way to cook any kind of fresh shell bean or pea. You can add these cooked beans to salads. For another variation, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, and sprinkle with crushed red pepper or a few shavings of Parmesan cheese.


8 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 105
Caloriesfromfat 21 %
Fat 2.4 g
Satfat 0.4 g
Monofat 1.3 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 5.4 g
Carbohydrate 16.2 g
Fiber 3.9 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 2.5 mg
Sodium 152 mg
Calcium 30 mg


4 cups fresh lima beans
2 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Sort and wash beans; drain. Combine beans and next 5 ingredients (through bay leaf) in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Stir in salt and pepper.