Edamame Succotash

By Sally Cameron on September 16, 2013

Side Dishes, the daniel plan, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Edamame succotash is an easy and healthy recipe that works as we transition from summer into fall. Sweet corn, red bell peppers and my swap of organic whole shelled soybeans instead of limas. Serve it with roast chicken, seafood or anything off the grill.

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Edamame Succotash – No Lima Beans

Popular during the Great Depression for it’s relatively inexpensive ingredients, succotash is traditionally made with corn, sweet peppers and lima beans. While I love corn and red bell peppers, I’ve never grown to like limas. OK, that was polite. I can’t stand them, hence my swap for edamame.

Soybeans – The Good and Controversial

Nutritionally speaking, soybeans are high in protein, folate, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, iron and fiber, plus important minerals. Additionally, their protein is complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids our bodies can only get through diet.

While soybeans can make a healthy contribution to many diets, this legume is not for everyone. Soybeans are on the “most controversial” list on the World’s Healthiest Foods website. If you are allergic to soy, this is not a dish for you. Swap the soybeans for limas or fava beans.

This edamame succotash recipe uses whole soybeans. As with most foods, the whole form is healthy. It’s the processed forms of soy that are a big problem, health-wise. Processed forms like soy protein isolate (SPI) and TVP, textured vegetable protein should be avoided. So should mass market soy “vegetable” oil that is GMO and processed with high heat or chemicals. These are unhealthy forms of soy.

Go Organic

Go organic when buying soybeans and corn. Conventionally grown are probably GMO (genetically modified). Not a healthy choice. And red bell peppers are on the Dirty Dozen list for produce with high levels of pesticides. For soybeans, buy only shelled, fresh or frozen organic. The frozen are handy to stock in your freezer. The same is true of corn.

Prep Your Succotash

Drop frozen soybeans into boiling water for about 4 minutes. Corn can be cooked fresh on the cob for 3 minutes in boiling water, or use frozen, thawed and cooked kernels. Chop and saute a bell pepper (for help, see photos below) along with sliced leek, garlic and herbs. In quick time, you have a delicious side dish to serve with chicken, fish, burgers or about any main dish.

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Quinoa Succotash

I’ve been enjoying edamame succotash for lunch mixed with cooked quinoa. It’s great! I discovered this after we finished shooting the photos so unfortunately we don’t have a picture. It’s terrific for a high protein, light, healthy vegan lunch. It’s good warm or cold. Mixed with the quinoa, it also makes for a heartier side dish to serve more people.  If you enjoy bacon, crisp bacon crumbles are a nice add.

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Nutrition Facts
Edamame Succotash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 386mg11%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1174IU23%
Vitamin C 43mg52%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Edamame Succotash

A modern update to a traditional side dish, my succotash uses edamame instead of lima beans. Make this in summer with fresh corn, or in the winter with frozen kernels. Either way, buy organic corn and edamame (soybeans), and organic peppers if they are available. For another dish, add cooked quinoa for a quinoa succotash. It makes a nice vegan dish, high in protein and flavor. Great for lunch or as a heartier side dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Blue corn, edamame, Stuffed peppers, succotash
Servings 6
Calories 147kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups organic corn kernels 2 large ears fresh, or use frozen kernels
  • 12 ounces frozen whole shelled soybeans aka edamame
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced leek
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • For fresh corn: bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 teaspoons salt. Strip cobs of husk and silk. Drop cobs into pot and cook for 3 minutes. Remove corn cobs with tongs and drain. When cool, cut kernels from cob and place in a medium bowl. For frozen corn kernels: cook according to package directions, drain, and place in a medium bowl.
  • In same pot with water still boiling (or bring a pot of water to a boil), drop in frozen edamame. Cook for 4 minutes and drain. Add to bowl with corn.
  • Cut top and bottom off of bell pepper, slice out the seeds and ribs, then chop into small squares (medium dice). See photo in post for help.
  • Trim dark green top and root end from leek. Slice in half lengthwise. Run under cold water to remove any sand or dirt. Lay leek flat on cutting board and chop into thin half moons. Heat oil a medium saute or fry pan over medium-low heat. Saute leek until softened, then add garlic and thyme. Cook 1 minute, then add corn, edamame and bell pepper. Season with a little salt and pepper and heat through.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1174IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg
  1. Carlin - September 17th, 2013

    Looks great! Thanks, I also do not like Lima beans.

  2. Nancy - July 10th, 2017

    What a beautiful simple dish. I too have an aversion to lima beans, so this alternative is fantastic.

  3. Sally Cameron - July 15th, 2017

    Me too, Nancy, which is why I created this dish! Nice for summer when corn is fresh.

  4. Sally Cameron - August 6th, 2017

    Me too Nancy. Never got into limas…!

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