Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins
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.
- 1 (10 ounce) packagefrozen 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
- Remove limas from package and let defrost a little and separate them with your fingers.
- Heat a skillet over high heat until hot; add the peanut oil, swirl, heat for 30 seconds.
- Scatter in the beans; stir-fry briskly for 30 seconds until the color turns icy green.
- Sprinkle in the salt and sugar and stir rapidly for another 30 seconds to season them evenly.
- Add the stock or water, even out the beans, turn heat to medium-low to maintain a strong simmer.
- Cover (but leave the cover ajar so the liquid will concentrate) and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Uncover, turn heat high and stir rapidly until the remaining liquid has evaporated.
- Add the sesame oil, stir to distribute evenly and pour into serving dish.
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.
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.
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.)