Sarasota's Spicy Garlic and Bacon Lima Beans
25 mins (prep 5, cooking 20)
10 ingredients
6 servings
I actually really like Lima Beans. But, I realize I'm probably in the minority. Salt, pepper and butter is all I need, but this is a great recipe for them. I try to get a few of my "picky" friends to try new vegetables now and then, and this is one of them they really liked. Just a few ingredients takes ordinary frozen vegetables and makes them a great side dish. NOTE: Some think that butter beans are the same as lima beans - and they are - well similar. Both are lima beans, but they are 2 separate varieties. The baby lima beans are the small green ones; whereas butter beans are actually Fordhook, and they are larger and buttery in color (hence the name butter beans), and they do have a stronger flavor. You can buy both frozen, canned, and dried; but difficult to find fresh. For this dish I use frozen. It makes it a quick easy dish.

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  • 1 (16 ounce) frozen baby lima beans, thawed (the small green ones)
  • 4 -5 slices bacon, diced (i prefer a smoky flavor)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (you can use more or less, according to taste)
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (more or less depending on taste)
  • 1 teaspoon butter (you can add more if you like)


Serving Size (17.8 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 23.37 Calories from Fat 11.52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.28g 11.84%
Saturated Fat 0.59g 17.76%
Trans Fat 0.03g %
Cholesterol 10.57mg 21.15%
Sodium 38.93mg 9.73%
Total Carbohydrate 0.03g 0.06%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.0 g %
Protein 2.95g 35.43%
Vitamin A 24.87IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 1.51mg% Iron 0.13mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
frozen baby lima beans, slices bacon, medium onion, minced garlic