Savory Lemon Limas Recipe

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Lima beans get a lemony lift with this treatment from Cathy Attig of Jacobus, Pennsylvania. "If you are a lima ban lover like I am, this recipe just makes them even more delicious," she affirms. "If you simple tolerate the beans, like my husband does, you might actually fine these quite tasty."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen lima beans, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1/3 cup: 107 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 197mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add lima beans; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Drain. Combine the butter, lemon juice, sugar, mustard and salt; pour over beans and toss to coat. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Savory Lemon Limas in Light & Tasty February/March 2002, p61

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wrenjen523 User ID: 7407554 53478
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"I stirred them into risotto but overcooked the lima beans so instead of being firm and the texture I actually like, mine were mushy and a texture i don't like. Otherwise the recipe was ok. Nothing special."

Donnaah User ID: 6467352 59031
Reviewed May. 21, 2013

"I love this recipe! It is easy to make and raises the lowly Lima bean to a whole new level. I could eat the whole batch by myself."

grjen User ID: 2792354 53472
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"These did not taste like anything special. Maybe more lemon juice would be better."

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