Fresh or Frozen Southern Butter Beans cooked to melt in your mouth tender in the slow cooker. Serve with fried chicken, fried okra, and cornbread for a very traditional southern dinner.
Fresh, green butter beans. What a southern summertime delight! This traditional side dish, served along with fried chicken, fried okra, cornbread, and sliced tomatoes is a perennial favorite at many southern tables.
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I’ve read many opinions about butter beans and lima beans and whether they are the same thing. It appears that they are. Green butter beans are simply immature lima beans. Technically the same vegetable but two very different flavors, textures, and even a significant difference in size.
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- How to Cook Southern Butter Beans
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How to Cook Southern Butter Beans
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This post was originally published in 2009. It was updated in 2021 with new photos and additional text.
Update: Since this post was originally published, several people have emailed me with comments about the differences between lima beans and butter beans. They all insist that the big, white mealy beans are known as butter beans and the small green tender beans are called lima beans.
Well, where I come from in the south, it’s the exact opposite. The big, white beans are called lima beans and the little green ones as I have shown in the blog post are called butter beans. That’s what I’ve heard them called all my life. Everyone that I know calls them the same thing.
Perhaps the post wasn’t written clearly, but the point I was trying to make is how different they seem. Not that they are actually two different unrelated things. Can we let this rest, please?