Superfast Corn Succotash Recipe

This superfast corn succotash recipe is loaded to the brim with delicious vegetables and filled with flavor.

Wooden spoon scooping out serving of succotash.

This superfast corn succotash recipe is sure to be a hit! When it comes to good old-fashioned Southern cooking, my favorite things are usually the vegetables – most of the time even more than the desserts! I love garden fresh veggies (especially medleys of them), seasoned up just right and served fresh off the stove. Classic succotash is akin to manna from Heaven for me, and I don’t think it’s blasphemy to say that considering God made all of the ingredients – well, mostly. Although bacon isn’t a natural occurrence on its own, I’m pretty sure it was divinely inspired.

So, what is succotash? According to Wikipedia, it has Indigenous American origin and is known as one of the oldest dishes you’ll usually find on a Thanksgiving table. It’s a dish consisting primarily of sweet corn with lima beans or other shell beans. Other ingredients may be added, as we did here. This Southern side dish is fresh, vibrant, and so delicious – the ultimate crowd-pleasing favorite. 

This is my recipe for superfast corn succotash and it is a BREEZE to throw together. Plus, it uses frozen veggies to save you time. I prefer frozen over canned because they are so much closer to fresh. Let’s get cooking!

Recipe ingredients for succotash.

Recipe Ingredients

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

How to Make A Recipe for Succotash Step by Step

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.


  • 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.

Recipe Notes

  • Why apple cider vinegar? Honestly, I just love this stuff and I love seasoning vegetables and making salads with it. As a result, I keep a good supply on hand. Two or three gallons doesn’t seem the least bit odd to me but my poor husband thinks I’m the cider vinegar equivalent of the crazy cat lady.
  • You can opt to use fresh corn or canned corn kernels instead of frozen corn. This goes for using fresh lima beans instead of frozen, too. Alternatively, substitute lima beans for edamame or a can of white/butter beans.
  • Here are some additions you can add to this summer succotash recipe: 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.
  • Some succotash recipes include heavy cream to add to the dish’s richness, but I personally prefer this fresh version.

Recipe FAQs

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.

Check out these other sensational Southern side dishes:

Fresh Green Beans

Rare Southern Hoe Cake Recipe

Oven-Baked Mac and Cheese (Southern Plate Favorite)

Dixie Cornbread Recipe

Hush Puppies, Southern Style

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. I know you’re a good cook, but the recipe does sound a little odd to me also. Just know I would have to add a little water to the beans and corn and boil them a few minutes. That’s the way I’ve always done them. However, the seasonings do sound great. I do your sweet and sour green beans with vinegar, sugar and bacon. They are delicious. Must try the succotash soon.

  2. I’ve never had succotash! This seems so easy… so I’m going to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing another great easy recipe that I can do when I get home from work!

    p.s. — my husband is a cider vinegar freak! I bought him a book at Christmas that is something like “300 things to use cider vinegar for”. It’s really interesting!

  3. When you are cooking bacon that’s gonna end up crumbled, it works much better to snip it with scissors before you cook it. You can put a pound in that skillet and it will all get done at the same time with minimal stirring.

    I just cannot get on the apple cider vinegar band wagon. I think it stinks terribly. Am I buying the wrong brand or do I need to be a big girl and try it anyway? I usually just use white vinegar or no vinegar if I try a recipe because of the smell. I know white vinegar doesn’t smell wonderful but it doesn’t follow you across the room like the ACV.

    1. For me, it is more work to make sure a dozen little pieces are flipped that three or four. But you could easily be more coordinated than me. 🙂
      If Cider Vinegar isn’t your thing, I wouldn’t press it. White is just fine and we are old enough to know what we like. Which is why I don’t eat seafood…

  4. Love the idea of vinegar, bacon, and sugar in succotash, but is the recipe correct by instructing to cook the thawed Lima beans in the pan with 2T of bacon grease and without any liquid…….just heating up the beans?

    1. As long as you use frozen ones, they are really fast and the time in the pan is just enough for them :). I love how they taste with the addition of the cider vinegar, too!
      You could also use canned if you prefer, just not dried.

  5. Oh “thank you Christy!!” I have actually tried this one too, it is “wonderful.” Only I used four extra slices of Apple Smoked BACON…. YUM YUM…. they really do Come Home for Supper, too!!

  6. I agree….what can we do to get her on there ? Any ideas anyone…..I would watch her show for sure…..I did email Food Network about their new show on called WORKING MY A$$ OFF…..get the picture ? I said why couldn’t they at least call it working my buns off…..and I would never watch that show and why do all the cooking shows always have to include an alcoholic drink in their shows ????? disgusting…..think they will email me back ? I don’t think so…….

    1. Kentucky Lady I so agree!!! I too emailed them and refuse to watch the show. They did not return my email with a reply either. I would love to see a show with a good CHRISTIAN lady like Christy!!! What do y’all think if all of us Christy fans bombarded Food network with a request for Christy to have a show that is Christian friendly and Alcohol free that we could enjoy because that is EXACTLY what Christy is. Her mom named her well as she has CHRIST in her name and leads by great example. The world needs more CHRISTy’s!!!!!

      1. I just love y’all and I can’t thank you enough for your encouragement!! I do enjoy doing television and have had some wonderful opportunities, but the right one for me hasn’t come along. If it is God’s will, He will make it happen and if it doesn’t happen, I know that He is protecting me from it so I’m good either way.
        I appreciate your prayers and support! I feel confident that any show I do should be on a family friendly network that I could have on and never have to worry about my kids coming in the room – because that is what I’d like for the Southern Plate family as well 🙂

        1. Christy I agree in going where God sends you. And you are right on having a show that our kids can watch and we do not have to worry about the content. there’s many shows out there i wouldn’t let my 18 year old watch after all she’s still my baby. When you get that perfect show and I do know it will be perfect just be rest assured you have many supporters cheering you on and praying for you.

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