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Best Butter Beans Recipe

Best Butter Beans Recipe,

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Best Butter Beans Recipe is one that simmers butter beans for 15 minutes with caramelized onions, celery, bacon, and vegetable broth, giving them the soft, buttery texture with so much flavor; they are the BEST Butter Beans we ever had! Eat them alone or serve them as a side dish to compliment any meat or poultry. These butter beans are so good, they practically melt in your mouth!


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My family loves butter beans and when I came across the fresh ones at the market, I had to buy them.  These are smaller butter beans, the size of your thumbnail.  They cook up very easily. You can use frozen butter beans or even the canned ones with this recipe if you can’t find them fresh.

Just give them a good rinse.

I served these butter beans as a side dish with our  London Broil Steak Grilled to Perfection!  They make a lovely side dish to accompany any meat entree.

I prefer using Vidalia onions with this recipe.  First, you slowly caramelize Vidalia onions along with celery, creating a very sweet flavor, almost like sugar.  They’re the key to flavoring the beans, so you really don’t need to add any sugar.

Then simmer the beans with vegetable broth until mostly absorbed.  Lean bacon along with the caramelized onions, celery, and red pepper flakes give these butter beans their wonderful depth of flavor.

They’re rich and savory with every bite!

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If you love butter beans, then you may enjoy our Easy Butter Bean Salad



Yield: 4 to 6

Best Butter Beans Recipe

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Best Butter Beans Recipe ~ are sauteed and simmered with caramelized sweet onions, celery, lean bacon, crushed red pepper and fresh butter beans, creating rich and savory flavors making them the BEST tasting Butter Beans ever !

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 16-ounce fresh butter beans, rinsed well
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large Vidalia onion - thinly chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery - thinly sliced
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 5 slices of lean bacon - trim off excess fat and dice into small pieces
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium pot, over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. Add in the chopped onions, and cook the onions until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the celery and bacon to the onions and reduce heat to simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes more, until the onions and celery caramelize, or turn golden brown.
  3. Add in the Butter Beans and crushed red pepper. Stir the butter beans and saute the beans for about 1 minute or until fragrant.
  4. Pour in the vegetable broth and Cover with a lid.
  5. Simmer on low heat the butter beans for about 15 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Turn off heat. Taste, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.
  7. Yields: 4 to 6 servings

Recipe adapted from My Recipes and Southern Living.

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  • Reply
    Carolyn Sue Hall
    November 15, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I used the dried butter beans.
    Wonderful, just have to simmer longer for them to be tender.
    Thank you for the recipe.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      November 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      You are so welcomed! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply
    Debbie Stumbo
    August 14, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Can you use frozen butter beans? Do you chop up the bacon before you add it to the onions, or put the bacon strips in whole?
    Could you use chicken broth in place of vegetable broth or should you just use water if you don’t have vegetable broth?

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Debbie! I believe you can use frozen butter beans with this recipe. And yes, I chop up the bacon before adding it to the onions. I will go in and edit that – thanks for bringing it to my attention. Also, you can certainly use chicken broth in place of vegetable broth, and you can use water as well, but you will need to adjust the salt for more flavor. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

      • Reply
        Debbie Stumbo
        August 15, 2019 at 6:54 pm

        Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I will be making this recipe this weekend. Can’t wait to try it!

        • Reply
          by Anna and Liz
          August 16, 2019 at 2:26 am

          Of course! We try to get back to everyone as soon as we can, and you are so welcome! So happy to hear you will try this recipe. If you use frozen beans, please let me know how they turn out.
          Thanks Debbie!

  • Reply
    July 3, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I tried the recipe with canned beans and it came out kinda soupy but still quite delicious (my husband and 6 year old also liked it) 😁

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      July 3, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      So glad you tried this recipe! I have never used canned beans with this recipe, but I would give them a good rinse before simmering with the onions mixture and then reduce the amount of broth to 1/2 cup instead of 1 cup for simmering the beans. This should give you the rich and thick texture as the final result. I hope this helps!:)

  • Reply
    August 29, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen fresh butter beans but use the canned ones in my baked beans recipe. Looks delicious!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 29, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Fresh markets here in Charleston sell fresh butter beans from time to time. I think you might find them in specialty food markets or at your outdoor fresh markets. But the canned ones should work fine. Let me know how this recipe turns out with canned butter beans. Have a great week!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 25, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I love butter beans! Can’t wait to try your recipe. Have a great weekend, Anna πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 27, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I got hooked on them ever since we moved down to Charleston. Most of our favorite restaurants serve butter beans as a side to compliment their entrees and now we LOVE them! Have a great weekend!

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