Superfast Corn Succotash Recipe

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This lightning-fast corn succotash recipe is a celebration of vibrant, garden-fresh vegetables, generously packed with a symphony of delectable flavors. With a medley of colorful and nutritious ingredients, it’s a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds. From the crisp kernels of golden corn to the tender, succulent beans and the earthy, aromatic herbs, every component harmonizes in a delightful dance of tastes and textures.

Wooden spoon scooping out serving of succotash.

The succotash bursts with the natural sweetness of the corn, accentuated by the robust flavors of the assorted vegetables. The slight char and caramelization from cooking lend an additional depth of flavor, creating a rich, multi-dimensional taste profile. Each bite is a delightful contrast of tender and crunchy, delivering a satisfying mouthfeel that leaves you craving more.

What sets this succotash apart is its versatility. It can stand proudly as a vibrant side dish, a hearty topping for grilled meats or fish, or even serve as a base for a vegetarian main course. The abundance of vegetables not only brings a burst of colors to your plate but also provides a plethora of essential nutrients, making it a wholesome addition to any meal.

Furthermore, this succotash recipe is not only a culinary triumph but also a testament to efficiency. Its superfast preparation means you can enjoy a wholesome, flavorful dish in no time at all. Whether you’re seeking a quick weeknight dinner solution or a stunning side dish for a special occasion, this corn succotash is sure to impress with its delightful blend of fresh, flavorful ingredients. It’s a celebration of nature’s bounty, transformed into a dish that brings joy to the table. Succotash would go as a perfect side dish for meals like Grilled Chicken TendersCrock Pot Pulled Pork, and Slow-Roasted Beef Brisket in the Oven

Recipe ingredients for succotash.

Ingredients Needed To Make This Superfast Corn Succotash Recipe

  • Corn
  • Baby lima beans
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dried parsley flakes
  • Diced pimentos
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bacon

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How to Make Corn Succotash

Frying bacon in skillet.

 Cook your bacon in a large skillet over medium to high heat until done. When you remove your bacon from the skillet, reserve two tablespoons of bacon grease. 

Save the rest. For information on what to do with bacon grease, click here.

Corn and lima beans in skillet.

Add frozen corn and frozen lima beans to skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until heated through, or about five minutes. 

Rest of ingredients for succotash added to skillet.

Add in all other ingredients, including crumbled bacon.

Big bowl of succotash.

Stir well and bring to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Serve warm and enjoy! 

Note: Sometimes I double the vinegar and sugar for more flavor punch.

How To Store Corn Succotash

  • While you can freeze succotash, I don’t recommend it as the vegetables become quite mushy when thawed. Instead, I recommend just storing leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. When it’s time, reheat in a skillet or in the microwave.
  • You can also follow this rule to make this Southern succotash recipe ahead of time. Store in the fridge a few days in advance and then heat in a skillet.

Commonly Asked Questions

What do you serve with succotash?

Succotash is the perfect summer side dish, which is usually served alongside grilled or barbecue meats. Pair your succotash with grilled chicken tenderloinsslow-roasted beef brisket, pulled BBQ chicken, or pork chops.

Can you make this succotash recipe vegan or vegetarian?

Yes, just omit the bacon and this instantly becomes a vegan and vegetarian succotash recipe. You can also simply use olive oil instead of bacon grease.

Why do you use apple cider vinegar in this recipe?

I personally have a fondness for apple cider vinegar, and I enjoy using it to season vegetables and in salads. I always make sure to have a good supply on hand. While it might not be unusual for me to have two or three gallons, my husband finds it a bit eccentric and humorously likens me to the “crazy cat lady” of cider vinegar enthusiasts.

Can I use fresh corn and lima beans instead of frozen in this recipe?

Absolutely! You have the option to use fresh corn kernels and lima beans if you prefer. The recipe is flexible in that regard. You can also substitute lima beans with edamame or a can of white/butter beans for variety.

Are there any additional ingredients I can add to this summer succotash for extra flavor?

Certainly! You can enhance this succotash with grape or cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, 1/2 cup of chopped and trimmed fresh okra, jalapenos or a sprinkle of chili powder for a spicy kick, and fresh basil or dill sprinkled on top. These additions can elevate the flavors to your liking.

Some succotash recipes use heavy cream. Why did you choose not to include it in this recipe?

While some succotash recipes incorporate heavy cream for added richness, I personally prefer this fresh version without it. The combination of fresh vegetables and the tangy apple cider vinegar provides a vibrant and delightful flavor that I find more to my liking.

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Big bowl of succotash.

Superfast Succotash

Loaded to the brim with delicious veggies and filled with flavor, this is a quick and easy succotash recipe made with Southern style.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: succotash
Servings: 4
Calories: 140kcal


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 3 cups frozen baby lima beans thawed and patted dry
  • 2 cups frozen corn thawed and patted dry
  • 1 4-ounce jar diced pimentos, drained
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons ground black pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Set aside to cool slightly and then crumble. Reserve 2 tablespoons of rendered bacon fat in the pan.
    4 slices bacon
  • Add lima beans and corn to skillet and cook until heated through, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
    3 cups frozen baby lima beans, 2 cups frozen corn
  • Stir in pimientos, parsley, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with bacon.
    1 4-ounce jar diced pimentos, drained, 1 tablespoon dried parsley, 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, 3 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoons ground black pepper


Calories: 140kcal
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  1. Christy I sure wish you had a SOUTHERN PLATE cooking show!!!! It would be the best show on television as your recipes are so down home. They do not require a weird expensive ingredient that a person would only use once and also they don’t use spirits, just the spirit of God and your spirit as well as the inspirational letters. I would watch your show your everyday as I know all the rest of your followers would do. I am so surprised Food Network hasn’t come in and swooped you up.

  2. This does sound good, and easy, but as a vegetarian I would have to leave out the bacon. Any suggestions on a good substitute.

    1. I use a bacon flavored salt that is really good when I don’t have any bacon but want that flavor. It was actually invented by 2 men that won $10,000 on America’s Funniest Home Videos. It is very good I have even sprinkled it on popcorn.

        1. Christy, the salt I mentioned is JD’s Bacon Salt I got the hickory smoke. It says on the bottle it is Low Sodium, All Natural, Vegan and Kosher. I have sprinked it on corn on the cob, potatoes just all kinds of stuff. I either bought it at Wal-Mart of HEB here in Texas it is bad but I don’t remember. That is about the only places I shop except Aldi’s and Sam’s and I know I didn’t get it there. The website on the back says; They have other flavors I just love being able to have that bacon flavor without the calories trying to watch it right now as I gained 5lbs making YUMMY SOUTHERN PLATE treat recipes for gifts during the holidays and of course I have to eat and taste as I make them them to make sure my neighbors get the best!

          1. Christy, I looked it up and it is sold at Walmart, Krogers, Costco, Cost Plus and more it said. So I had to get it at Walmart as there’s not some of the others close to me. Sorry to keep bothering you just trying to give you the info on where it’s at without you having to a lot of leg work.

  3. Christy, I don’t think it’s the least bit odd that you have 3 gallons of cider vinegar on hand. I keep at least that many of the cider vinegar AND the same of white vinegar. The cider vinegar, i start off each day with a ‘tea’ of 3 oz cider vinegar & 3 oz hot water mixed together (the temp of a nice cup of coffee, and you can add honey to taste if you want to tame the twang). My step-mom clued me in on this yrs ago to help ward off arthritis pain and it has worked! I also use it for so many household remedies/cleaning solutions I’d have to write a book to list them all. Salt is the same way. Very little goes in our food, but I use it all around the house for a variety of things.
    I do believe this is THE BEST succotash recipe that I’ve ever eaten. I love succotash, and when we have left overs, it makes a nice snack instead of those very fattening alternatives.

    1. Hi Deb,
      I’m very interested in your cider vinegar Tea , I too suffer from Arthritis pain on a daily basis, unfortunately can’t take prescribe medication for it, I have tried several different ones, prescribe by my doctor. But due to the severity of the side effects can not take them. I hope this gives me some much needed relief. I do have a couple of questions for you, when do I take this tea ( morning/ after a meal?) and how many times a day. Very grateful for any information you can give me. Sending you blessing. Thank you, Dee.

  4. Christy,

    Is this a re-issue of the magazine from this summer with a different cover? I remember making the succotash then. It is really yummy! I love your recipes and Taste of the South, but don’t need to order this issue if the recipes are the same. Inquiring minds need to know…

    1. No, this is a completely different one but it does have a few of my recipes in it. If you enjoy simple Supper recipes, this is a perfect compliment to the SouthernPlate magazine you already have. Thanks for asking and for being here!

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