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    Chinese Sesame Limas

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    BarbryT's Note:

    Good hot, cold, room temperature. These do not taste like lima beans. They are from my favorite Chinese cookbook, The Key To Chinese Cooking, by Irene Kuo, copyright 1977. I have made nothing from the cookbook that isn't entirely wonderful.

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    • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen large lima beans (Fordhook)
    • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth (recommended) or 1/2 cup water
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


    1. 1
      Remove limas from package and let defrost a little and separate them with your fingers.
    2. 2
      Heat a skillet over high heat until hot; add the peanut oil, swirl, heat for 30 seconds.
    3. 3
      Scatter in the beans; stir-fry briskly for 30 seconds until the color turns icy green.
    4. 4
      Sprinkle in the salt and sugar and stir rapidly for another 30 seconds to season them evenly.
    5. 5
      Add the stock or water, even out the beans, turn heat to medium-low to maintain a strong simmer.
    6. 6
      Cover (but leave the cover ajar so the liquid will concentrate) and simmer for about 5 minutes.
    7. 7
      Uncover, turn heat high and stir rapidly until the remaining liquid has evaporated.
    8. 8
      Add the sesame oil, stir to distribute evenly and pour into serving dish.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 18, 2007


      I liked the flavors that this recipe added to the lima beans. I did play with the amounts a bit since my lima bean package was 16 oz instead of 10, and wasn't watching them closely enough at the end so they got a little...overbrowned (just a few of them). Just keep your eyes on the heat once you get to the last step.

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    • on February 18, 2007


      These were outstanding! Like many people, I don't like limas at all, but I trusted the description for this recipe. The unusual blend of salty, sweet and sesame appealed to me, as well as the ease of the recipe. The limas had a creamy "comfort food" rexture, almost like potatoes, and we slightly preferred them hot. For dinner with friends, I prepared 2 recipes ahead, following the recipes exactly, and nibbling all the while:-) The 4 of us started with them as appetizers (on tooth picks tee-hee) and finished them off as a side dish. So, you see, we ate 2 whole recipes - in addition to chicken, rice, vegtable and bread! Everyone wanted to keep eating them, and we all agreed they were fantastic. So, thanks, BarbryT! I will surely make these more at home - because they are sooo easy, and for gatherings - where they will impress people because they are addictively delicious and uncommon.

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    • on December 13, 2011


      YUM!! My husband hates lima beans. And, he went back for seconds. I did not see a 10 oz bag of frozen lima beans at my store, so I used 14 oz. I kept all of the other measurements the same, though. These were easy and so very yummy! (And, on the Weight Watchers Points Plus program, the whole recipe was only 8 points.)

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    Nutritional Facts for Chinese Sesame Limas

    Serving Size: 1 (114 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 137.0
    Calories from Fat 74
    Total Fat 8.2 g
    Saturated Fat 1.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 853.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
    Sugars 3.2 g
    Protein 3.5 g

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