Classic Succotash Recipe

Classic Succotash
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6 ears corn
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
3 pounds cranberry beans, lima beans, or butter beans (cooked, canned, or frozen)
1/2 small onion, finely diced
2 teaspoons sugar
Optional: 1/8 pound salt pork, cut into 4 pieces
Optional: 1/4 cup heavy cream
Optional: salt and pepper to taste


Use a sharp knife to cut kernels from cobs and set kernels aside.

In a pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add beans, onions, and salt pork (if using) and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or until onion is golden.

Stir in corn and add enough water to cover by ½ inch. Add sugar and remaining 3 tablespoons of butter. Bring to a gentle bubble and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Remove salt pork and season with salt and pepper.  

Add cream (if using) and serve hot.


6 to 8 servings

Preparation Time

20 Minutes

Total Time

45 Minutes


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looks wonderful! I have wanted to try this recipe for a long time so I think I will make it this year as my new side dish!
Thank you!