Butter Beans


In the UK we know the large white bean as a butter bean.

The origins seem to be Andean and derived from the green Lima bean.

This page contains the basic instructions for cooking the beans in UK.

There are no Fair Trade butter beans as yet, and so this recipe is for use as a component of other dishes.

This recipe contains the following types of ingredient: plants and fungi.


75 gm
dry butter beans per portion



Put the beans in a bowl and cover with plenty of cold water.

Leave to soak overnight (12 hours) or longer.


Drain the beans and rinse them, and then put them in a pan of boiling water.

Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 90 minutes.

Once cooked (test a bean for tenderness) discard the cooking water and use the beans hot or allow to cool as necessary.


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