We’re here to “spill the beans…” Crack Lima Beans, that is. They may just be the best side your tastebuds have ever experienced! What makes you keep coming back for more, you might wonder? It’s the creaminess of the lima beans, for sure. And also the savory, zesty garlic sauce they’re simmered in that brings the flavor, the tenderness, and the scrumptiousness—who doesn’t want all of that? You can trust us, Crack Lima Beans will keep you coming back for more!

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  • 1 pound of lima beans, dried
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, plus more for optional garnish, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Step 1 –Rinse and sort the beans; soak them according to the package directions.

Step 2 –Drain and rinse the beans, discarding the liquid.

Step 3 –In a large saucepan, place the cleaned beans.

Step 4 –Add the bay leaves and enough water to cover the beans by 2 inches.

Step 5 –Bring the bean mixture to a boil.

Step 6 –Lower the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until the beans are tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes-1 hour 30 minutes.

Step 7 –Drain the water from the cooked beans.

Step 8 –In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat.

Step 9 –Add the onion to the hot oil and cook and stir until tender, about 3-4 minutes.

Step 10 –Add the garlic to the onion mixture and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

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Step 11 –Add the parsley, the lemon juice, the oregano, the lemon zest, the salt, and the pepper to the onion mixture.

Step 12 –Stir in the cooked beans and the remaining oil to the onion mixture, tossing to combine.

Step 13 –Sprinkle with the additional parsley.

Step 14 –Serve.