Slow-braised Butter Beans with ham is a staple side dish in Southern cuisine. However Butter Beans can make a satisfying entrée when paired with rice and cornbread.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 210 min

Total time: 220 min

Butter Beans with Ham
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 6 to 8 servings


  1. Place beans, ham hocks, water or broth, butter, salt, onion and garlic in large pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 3 to 4 hours, or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally. Reduce any remaining broth as gravy.

  2. Remove ham hocks from pot; let cool. Separate meat from bones and skin, discarding bones and skin. Cut or shred ham into small pieces, and add to beans.

  3. Spoon rice into bowls, and top with beans. Lightly sprinkle with onion. Serve with cornbread.