How to Make Succotash

Harvest Succotash
Learn how to make our favorite easy succotash recipe, and get some of our best tips for prepping your vegetables beforehand. Plus, you can also experiment with some of our succotash recipe variations, like sheet pan succotash and succotash salad.

American Classics: Succotash

The ideal succotash is as good on its own as it is an accompaniment. Learn how to make succotash with our pure and simple recipe, which features sweet corn, tender butter beans, a hint of country ham, and a bit of butter and cream. Then customize yours with tomatoes, squash, and herbs on hand.

Follow our tips for preparing common succotash ingredients like corn, butter beans, country ham, butter, and cream.

Simmer and Strain

Our classic succotash recipe starts with great butter beans. Simmer the beans in salted water until tender, but be sure not to overcook them (no one wants mushy beans). Strain the beans once they become tender. The cook time will vary depending on freshness and maturity.

Polishing Act

We love our corn succotash, but we don't love when stray corn silk makes its way into the dish. For an easy way to remove silk from freshly shucked corn, gently brush the corn with a clean terry cloth kitchen towel.

Vertical Slice

Using fresh corn is worth the extra effort of cleaning and removing it from the cob. To successfully remove corn kernels from the cob, hold the cob vertically, then slice down to create nice, long planks.

Cook in Butter

Before adding the corn to your saucepan, add butter and allow it to melt until it is foamy. Make sure the butter doesn't melt for too long and start to become brown. After adding the veggies to the pan, stir well to evenly coat them.

Ham for Flavor

This easy succotash recipe isn't complete without adding a generous sprinkle of country ham. Ham gives the succotash a rich and savory flavor. If you don't have country ham already, you can mince any ham you have on hand to add to the dish.

Glaze with Cream

After adding cream to the pan, let it reduce slightly until the vegetables are lightly glazed. Adding cream will bring out both the sweetness of the corn and the earthiness of the beans to make this traditional succotash recipe utterly irresistible.

Sheet Pan Succotash

This easy succotash recipe is all about the veggies. Roast okra, peppers, edamame, and cherry tomatoes together on a sheet pan, then serve alongside dinner for a tasty Southern succotash recipe.

Succotash Jam

We're willing to bet you've never served your succotash in jam form before. But like any good succotash recipe, this savory jam is loaded with veggies like red sweet peppers, corn, and zucchini.

Saucy Succotash

This corn succotash is saucier than most, making it great for pairing with burgers and brats at a backyard barbecue. Plus, this creamy side simmers in your slow cooker, so you can skip the stirring at the stove.

Succotash Salad with Buttermilk Avocado Dressing

If you want to turn succotash into a main dish, this easy succotash recipe is the way to go. Grilled chicken breast, lettuce, and avocado join the usual corn and lima beans, so this salad has everything you love about succotash (plus more!).

Squash, Corn, and Barley Succotash

That's right, succotash is going whole grain! Made with fresh butternut squash, this barley succotash recipe was made for fall. To make it even better, use fresh sweet corn in place of frozen—it'll make this dish standout from other corn succotash recipes.

Harvest Succotash

Instead of ham, make a succotash recipe with bacon! With most of the same ingredients as our classic succotash recipe, this dish makes it just a little better with a sprinkle of crispy bacon.

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