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All Recipes, Main Dishes / April 25, 2022

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Butter Beans (Lima Beans) | Easy & Delicious Recipe

These Creamy Spanish Butter Beans are what delicious & healthy food is all about. They´re packed with flavors, easy to make and promise to fill your body with so much goodness. Serve these beans as main course or even as a side dish, next to some Spanish cod.

Creamy Spanish Butter Beans
The beauty of this dish is the texture of the butter beans (which are also known as lima beans). They have the most incredble creamy texture with a melt-in-your-mouth interior.

Creamy Spanish Butter Beans
To make this recipe I used dried butter beans. But you can take the short-cut and use canned butter beans. However, for this recipe, I prefer to use the dried ones. As it takes this simple recipe to the next-level in goodness.

Creamy Spanish Butter Beans

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: After soaking the beans overnight, it took me about 1 1/2 hours to perfectly boil the beans to a beautiful creamy texture. Make sure to check the package instructions on the butter beans you are using, as it may take more or less time to cook them through.

Creamy Spanish Butter Beans

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Creamy Spanish Butter Beans
4.6 from 5 votes

Creamy Spanish Butter Beans | Alubias Garrafón Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Resting Time 12 hours
Servings 2
Calories 481 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 grams
  • 1 cup dried butter beans 180 grams
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .50 grams
  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Add 1 cup butter beans into a sieve, rinse under cold water, making sure to remove any debris or broken beans, add the beans into a lage bowl and fill with 4 cups (1 liter) cold water, let them sit overnight or between 8 to 12 hours

  2. Drain the beans back into the sieve, rinse under cold water and set aside

  3. Finely chop 1 onion, 1 carrot (peeled), 1 green bell pepper and roughly chop 4 cloves garlic

  4. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  5. After 2 minutes add in the chopped vegetables, mix with the olive oil, after 3 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the butter beans and a generous 1/2 tsp dried thyme, mix together, then add in 5 cups (1200 ml) cold water and 1 bay leaf, turn up the heat to a high heat and bring to a boil, then place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat

  6. Once the beans are fully cooked through and have a creamy interior, about 1 1/2 hours (check package instructions on your beans), season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together, then remove from the heat

  7. Transfer into shallow bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Spanish Butter Beans | Alubias Garrafón Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 1843mg53%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 5330IU107%
Vitamin C 56mg68%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Crimson Chan

    5 stars
    I made this while added another 2 tomatoes (reduced the amount of water added). Some said it’s quite bland so I added a bit of chicken bouillon as well. Tastes great and healthy as always!

    06 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      07 . Jan . 2024
  3. June

    3 stars
    We found this bland and lacking. I used canned beans. While making this I was thinking it will be flavorful because of the good ingredients. Thinking of adding better than bullion ham base when I reheat.

    02 . Nov . 2023
  4. Denise Pool

    Sounds amazing and I’m trying it tomorrow. Any chance you can tell me how long to cook them in an Instant Pot? Soaked.

    06 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      I have never used an instant pot, but I assume you would cook them on high pressure for about 1 hour 🙂 much love

      06 . Sep . 2023
  5. Kim

    Love this recipe as implemented e and easy my son is a picky eater and he’ll enjoy this Thank you.

    18 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      19 . Jul . 2023
  6. Charlaine Welch

    Great dish I am diabetic and can have this dish for dinner with out any spike in blood sugar

    01 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      01 . Jul . 2023
  7. Donna

    Instead of the overnight soak, can I let them soak in boiling water for about an hour or so, then continue with the recipe? Thanks

    12 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Your can bring the water to a boil with the beans, then turn off the heat and cover, let it the sit for 1 hour and you should be ok 🙂 Much love

      13 . Mar . 2023
  8. Carolyn

    Hi! If using canned butter beans, how many cans? Thx!

    16 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Two 15.5 oz (440 grams) cans 🙂 Much love!

      17 . Feb . 2023
  9. Don

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe!! This is the best recipe for dried butter beans I have found. In the US we make them with chunks of ham but I have to confess that this recipe of yours was better.

    18 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      19 . Jan . 2023
  10. Andrea

    5 stars
    I made this recipe last night, and WOW! Love it! I used vegetable stock instead of water and found that I did not need to add salt. So delicious AND healthy! I will definitely make this recipe again. Thank you very much.

    09 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Much love 🙂

      09 . May . 2022
  11. tanya perrin

    5 stars
    Albert I just have to compliment you on your absolutely beautiful photos!!! They are so inspiring and I only wish I could reach through the screen and taste the foods you create! Well done friend!

    07 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Appreciate the comment Tanya 🙂 Much love!

      08 . May . 2022
  12. Amar Hussein

    Love your recipes! Just a word on timings and the broth, if I used canned butter beans does the liquid (broth) ratio change and how long would one need to cook the canned butter beans for?

    Thanks Albert, you really are a ray of sunshine with your tasty and healthy recipes.

    26 . Apr . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      I would just add in 1 cup of water and simmer for 10 minutes if using canned butter beans, appreciate the comment Amar 🙂 much love

      26 . Apr . 2022
  13. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me i never had creamy spanish butter beans before perfect for my after office snacks love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    25 . Apr . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      25 . Apr . 2022

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