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Ms. Lucy’s Classic Cajun Culture & Cooking:Ms. Lucy's Butter Beans (Limas)

Butter Beans (Limas)


  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup bacon drippings
  • 1 ham bone, or 4 ounces ham
  • 2½ pounds fresh or dried butter beans
  • 2½ quarts water
  • salt and pepper to taste


Sauté onions and garlic in bacon drippings until onions are transparent. Add ham bone, beans and water. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender – about 45 minutes for fresh beans or 1½ hours for dried. You may need to add more water if beans start to stick or become dry.

Ms. Lucy's Butter Beans (Limas)Ms. Lucy's Butter Beans (Limas)