Crispy oven roasted lima beans are full of flavor from garlic and pepper sauce. It’s an easy, quick, and healthy side dish that requires very minimal prep time. You will love this version of lima beans once you try it!
Have you ever thought to roast lima beans in the oven? Chickpeas, yes. Roasted butter beans, maybe. But lima beans? The thought never crossed my mind until recently. The typical ways I serve lima beans are steamed or cooked on the stove in broth. Since I’ve tried them roasted in the oven I don’t think I’ll go back to the traditional way of serving them for a while. Whether you serve them as a side or a roasted beans snack, you'll be sure to love these.Jump to Recipe
- Why You’ll Love This Roasted Lima Beans Recipe
- Can Beans Be Roasted?
- The Benefits of Lima Beans
- The Ingredients to Make Roasted Lima Beans
- How the Roasted Lima Beans are Made
- What to Serve Roasted Lima Beans With
- Can I Use Canned Lima Beans Instead of Frozen?
- Storing the Roasted Lima Beans
- Easy Roasted Lima Beans
Why You’ll Love This Roasted Lima Beans Recipe
- Prep time is extremely minimal, it’s basically a dump and go recipe
- We use simple ingredients. Even though they’re simple they pack flavor and leave you wanting more with every bite
- You’ll love the texture of roasted lima beans. They’re crispy on the outside but soft and creamy on the inside.
- It’s a 30 minute recipe that cooks while the rest of your dinner is cooking. Simply throw in the oven, turn on a timer, and it’ll be ready when the rest of your food is done making dinner a breeze.
- They’re homemade and don’t contain any artificial ingredients or MSG which is commonly found in canned seasoned lima beans. You don’t have to give up flavor for something healthy and all natural.
- This lima beans recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free
Can Beans Be Roasted?
Roasting beans in the oven probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you’re prepping dinner. You may have heard of roasted garbanzo beans but lima beans or any other bean is kind of uncommon. If you’re wondering whether beans can be roasted, the simple answer is yes. Lima beans in particular are a great option for roasting.
If you do enough digging you’ll find recipes for roasted black beans, white beans, butter beans, and lima beans. Cooking in the oven changes the texture of beans. That outer layer becomes crispy and the inside stays nice a creamy. When seasoned correctly, the flavor and texture combination are addicting.
The Benefits of Lima Beans
There are so many benefits when it comes to lima beans. Below is a small list and is not conclusive to all of the health perks. These are even more reasons to add lima beans as a side to your dinner more frequently.
- Low fat
- Full of healthy complex carbs
- Rich in potassium, iron, magnesium, and vitamin C
- Provide zinc, calcium, vitamin K, and vitamin A
- May improve heart health, increase energy levels, aid in diabetes management, and more
The Ingredients to Make Roasted Lima Beans
- 1 12 oz package frozen lima beans - pour straight from the package, no need to thaw or heat in the microwave before using. Frozen baby lima beans can be substituted as well.
- Olive oil - use a good olive oil for better flavor. Don’t have olive oil on hand? Vegetable or canola oil is okay to use. Oil is what allows the outside of the beans to get nice and crispy.
- 5 garlic cloves sliced - we slice the garlic because it crisps up nicely in the oven while infusing the beans with extra flavor. Use fresh garlic for the best results
- Salt and pepper - be generous with this, frozen lima beans are not pre-salted, trying to cut back may lead to a lack of flavor all around
- Pepper sauce - this adds that tang we all love when it comes to beans and greens. If you love this stuff as much as I do, you may decide to add some right before serving
How the Roasted Lima Beans are Made
Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Step 2: Place frozen lima beans in a baking dish. add olive oil, sliced garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, and vinegar. Stir until all the lima beans are covered in the seasoning. Place in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Stir well, add more pepper sauce if desired and stir warm.
Cooking frozen lima beans is really that simple. They take 30 minutes to bake and prep time is very little to no effort! You don’t have to worry about spending too much time on the side dish with this recipe.
What to Serve Roasted Lima Beans With
You can serve roasted lima beans with just about anything. I like to pair these with a hot entree that features meat and or pasta. My favorite dinners that this recipe pairs well with are:
Let me know if you end up trying any of these delicious meals!
Can I Use Canned Lima Beans Instead of Frozen?
Yes, you can certainly use canned lima beans if you have these on hand. In fact, most recipes with roasted beans I’ve seen do use canned beans. They still get nice and crisp on the outside the same way frozen beans would.
If you choose to use canned lima beans be sure to read the ingredients list and choose the can without any additional seasonings. Make sure you strain and rinse the beans before adding to your baking dish. Also, taste a bean or two before adding salt so you don’t over salt the beans.
Because your beans don’t need extra time to thaw, they may not need quite as much time to cook either. After baking for 15 minutes check on the roasted lima beans. Give them a good stir and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes. The biggest difference I've noticed is they get more crisp than they would if you were using frozen. You'll love these crunchy lima beans. Let me know if you end up using canned lima beans instead.
Storing the Roasted Lima Beans
The roasted lima beans can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. To reheat simply place in a microwave safe container and heat on high for 30 seconds at a time. Stir and repeat until they’re warmed through.
I wouldn’t recommend freezing the baked lima beans after they’ve been cooked. Freezing can cause the texture to change and they won’t be as crisp and tasty.
Easy Roasted Lima Beans
- 1 12 oz package frozen lima beans
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon pepper sauce
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Place frozen lima beans in a baking dish. Add olive oil, sliced garlic, salt and pepper, paprika, and vinegar. Stir until all lima beans are covered in the seasoning. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Stir well, add more pepper sauce if desired and stir warm.