The Perfect Butter Beans Stew

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This is the perfect butter beans stew recipe! I learned it from my mother and I’ve been cooking it ever since! 

This butter beans stew recipe goes straight to the first place on my favorite recipes list! It is absolutely perfect! I like butter beans a lot and I have tried different recipes with them, but this one has the ideal combination of flavors and textures.

I learned this butter beans stew recipe from my mother. Cooking beans the right way really makes the difference! You’ll get extra-soft and buttery beans and an awesome thick sauce for the stew. Also, fresh tarragon is amazing! I always add it to my beans recipes. You can use pickled tarragon as well. It’s even better! Dry tarragon is not that flavorful, but if you really can’t get any fresh one, use dry and double or even triple the quantities.

Enjoy! 🙂

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This is the perfect butter beans stew recipe ever! I learned it from my mother and I've been cooking it ever since!
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6-8
  • 500g dry Lima Beans (Butter Beans) *soaked overnight, optional
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 tbsps chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 tbsps sweet paprika
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • ⅓ tsp ground pepper
  • sea salt, to taste
  1. Boil the beans for 2 hours (half this time if previously soaked). Change the water at least 2 times. Don't skip this step! Beans are hard to digest and if you didn't soak them overnight they will release bad enzymes into the boiling water, which will cause bloating.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot.
  3. Sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the drained beans.
  5. Add water just enough to cover the beans.
  6. Add bay leaves, pepper, salt, fresh tarragon, chopped garlic and paprika.
  7. Cook for half an hour.
  8. Serve and enjoy this flavorful dish!
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11 Comments on “The Perfect Butter Beans Stew”

  1. I plan to prepare this without oil, with a water or veggie broth sauté for a fat-free version. I imagine it will still be a very tasty dish.

  2. Hello, Ruxandra,
    I have just made this recipe for dinner tonight and my family loved it! I must say that the tarragon really made a difference. Such a good idea!

  3. Love lima beans, but have never used herbs in the preparation. I’m going to try these tomorrow.
    I usually use the soaking water to water my plants … they love it.

  4. Oh wow, I love butter beans! They look delicious, I believe I could eat them everyday!

    I recently posted my recipe for butter beans, check it out


  5. Of course, you can use almost any oil you like as long as it doesn't have a very strong taste. So avoid corn, sesame or nuts oil because these oils have very unique tastes and they may change the overall flavor.
    You can use canola oil or grape seed oil for example. Also unrefined, cold-pressed oils are healthier, so if you can use them instead of refined ones.

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