This Corn Succotash is gluten-free and Weight Watchers friendly! Oh Succotash, where have you been all my life?! Succotash is popular anytime of the year, but especially in the fall at Thanksgiving. It's the perfect side dish for your holiday meal!
It pairs exceptionally well my main course Gluten-free Slow Cooker Turkey breast with Quinoa Cranberry Dressing. It's also a great way to get the most from your fresh herbs and fresh sweet corn!
"Are you going to eat those?" I'd ask, eyeing my brother's lima beans. It was obvious he wasn't and I was more than happy to do it for him. Most kids dream of having a sister like me, if only for this reason. Yet, I thought I was the lucky one. I'm probably one of the few people in this world that LOVES lima beans and could never understand why my brother or anyone, for that matter, wouldn't want to eat them. Yet, I only recently discovered Succotash, an entire dish that's built around lima beans; a true lima bean extravaganza!
It's no surprise my brother hated lima beans. In fact, lima beans happen to rank above green beans, peas and most other legumes in Huff Post's list of Foods People Hate. I seriously don't get it.... Not only are they colorful and delicious, they are super healthy (you can read more about their health benefits HERE .)
Although I love lima beans, truth be told, I had never heard of the dish Succotash until a couple of years ago when I received Anthony Bourdain's "Appetites" cookbook as a birthday present from my husband. Until then, my beloved Sylvester the cat's (a cartoon character from my childhood) lispy Sufferin' Succotash, an expression of annoyance and surprise, was my only exposure to succotash.
And according to Anthony Bourdain....Frozen Lima Beans only exist for Succotash:
He went so far as to claim that Succostash is, "A completely acceptable vehicle for frozen lima beans, and perhaps the only reason they ought to exist and endure."
In addition to lima beans, this simple and delicious side dish is made with:
- canned corn *or fresh corn or frozen corn
- red bell pepper
- fresh herbs
- vegetable soup stock
*See recipe card for quantities
I loved the taste of this succotash so much that I used many of the same flavors for my Corn Stuffed Grilled Peppers!
📖Variations & Substitutions
- Corn - you can substitute fresh corn or frozen corn kernels
- Tomatoes - you can substitute cherry tomatoes or fresh garden tomatoes
- Onion - you can substitute red onion, yellow onion or green onion for white onion
- Herbs- you could also use fresh basil. If you want to use dried herbs, you'll need half the amount
💭What is Succotash?
Succotash is a common American Thanksgiving dish in some parts of the United States, but in Canada, it's not well-known, nor is it something you would see at the Thanksgiving table. And if you don't like lima beans, like the majority of the population, then you definitely wouldn't know about it.
Anthony Bourdain passed away a couple of weeks ago. His raw honesty and eloquence will be missed. I have never actually shed tears over a celebrity before, but he was different. I guess when you read every book written by a person and watch them on TV, you sort of feel like you know them. He wasn't a movie star playing some character - he was a real person; he was himself.
I was and will always be a HUGE fan of Anthony Bourdain. His books are some of the few foodie books I've ever read and enjoyed. He made no apologies and that's what I loved about him. Although, funny enough, he probably wouldn't have liked me very much, given his disdain for food bloggers.
He was an important figure in the cooking world and a huge influence on many cooks and food writers. And he was a huge influence on me. And as far as I'm concerned, he was the best food writer of our time.
Our daughters are also the same age. He became a Dad at 51. And in the intro to his cookbook he said, "....Fatherhood has been an enormous relief (in reference to his self-proclaimed narcissism) as I am now genetically, instinctually compelled to care more about someone other than myself. I like being a father. No, I love being a father. Everything about it. "
My heart aches for his little girl. RIP Anthony Bourdain.
🍲 Main Dishes to serve with Succotash
- Picnic Ham with Orange Glaze Recipe
- Easy Cornish Hens with Rosemary Wine Sauce (shown)
- Beer Can BBQ Chicken
- Monterey Chicken
- Smoky Mesquite BBQ Slow Cooker Beer Ribs
👪 Serving Size
This sweet corn succotash recipe serves 10. You can also cut this recipe in half or double or triple it for a bigger group. Just click on the serving size (it's highlighted in blue on the recipe card) and select the number of servings you’d like, and the ingredient amounts will adjust accordingly.
This easy succotash recipe is only 1 WW point per serving.
You really only need a medium sized pot (affiliate link) or a deep large nonstick skillet to make this delicious side dish!
Store this corn succotash in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
And if you're looking for more delicious, healthy, vegetarian, gluten-free and Weight Watchers Friendly side dishes, give this recipe a try:
The way I honor those that have passed on is by cooking their food. And although I don't cook from a lot of cookbooks these days, as I always seem to be developing my own new recipes, I decided one way I could pay homage to Anthony Bourdain was by sharing a recipe from his cookbook on this blog. And that recipe is Succotash. I guess it's kind of an odd recipe to choose, as it's not like he was known for his Succotash or anything. But he'd probably approve of that, given his appreciation for the obscure.
Whether you use fresh produce from your garden, a farmer's market or the grocery store, or canned or frozen ingredients, this recipe is very versatile. The vibrant colors in this homemade succotash make it the perfect accompaniment to any meal!
Did you make this succotash recipe and LOVE it?! Please leave a 5 star rating and a comment section below!
📋 Corn Succotash Recipe
- 2 tablespoon butter unsalted
- 1 onion, small, peeled and finely diced
- 1 red pepper chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 ripe tomatoes (finely chopped) * I use Roma tomatoes
- 2 cups frozen lima beans thawed
- 1 cup gluten-free vegetable soup stock
- 1 tbsp fresh oregano finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme finely chopped
- 2 tbsps fresh parsley finely chopped
- 2 cups canned corn drained
- fresh parsley
- Heat the butter over medium heat in a medium pot. Add onion and red pepper; cook and stir until the onion is softened.
- Add and the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add tomatoes and stir in the lima beans, vegetable stock and fresh herbs.
- Sautee over medium- low heat for about 15 minutes, then add in the corn and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper as desired. Serve warm
🍲More Thanksgiving Side Dishes!
- Lazy Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls: WW friendly
- Gluten-free Sausage & Apple Rice: An Easy Thanksgiving side recipe
- Turnip and Apple Casserole: Weight Watchers Friendly
- Green beans and Mushrooms: A Holiday Side Dish
- Easy Potatoes Romanoff
- Carrot Casserole - A Holiday Side Dish
looks so vibrant. I'd love to eat this alone or with my salad as a topping!
Thanks! Yes, it's a great way to add colour to your Thanksgiving table!
Sylvester was my only exposure to succotash, also Terri. And I haven't eaten a lima bean in my adult life, but this recipe just may cause that to change. It looks so fresh and delicious.
Thanks, Colleen! I hope you do try lima beans- they are sooo delicious!
Omgsh I wish you were my sister! I would sneak the food I didn't like (peas or my English mom's terribly underseasoned version of Hungarian goulash) to our dog under the table! lol I was also a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain - when we moved from Ontario back to BC we pared down to 5 books each from 500 and Kitchen Confidential was my number one draft pick. 😉 I can't wait to try this succotash! No peas! haha