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corn and yellow squash side dish in a white bowl

Zucchini and Fresh Corn Succotash

  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6


Zucchini and fresh corn succotash is a light and bright side dish that comes together easily and quickly with onion, zucchini, corn, and lima beans (plus a little hot sauce, if you like it)!


  • 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced, about 1 cup
  • 1 medium zucchini (about 2.5 inches in diameter)
  • 4 to 5 ears of fresh corn on the cob, cooked
  • 2 cups or one can lima beans or black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce, optional


  1. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium to medium-high heat until melted.
  2. Add the onion, and saute until the onion starts to get clear on the edges, about 5 minutes. While the onion is cooking, cut the ends off of the zucchini, and then cut it in to fourths long-ways. Slice each spear into 1/4- to 1/2-inch slices.
  3. When the onion is starting to go clear on the edges, add the chopped zucchini.
  4. While the zucchini is cooking, cut the cooked corn from the cob. Use your knife to scrape the cob once the corn has been cut to get off any remaining kernel pieces and the extra juice (called corn milk).
  5. After the zucchini has cooked for about 5 minutes and is still tender crisp, add the cut corn and lima beans.
  6. Heat through, about 2 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat, and add plenty of salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve right away. Add a dash of Tabasco to individual servings to taste.


  • Don't overcook the zucchini unless you truly like it soft. Just a touch of crunch left in it is perfect.
  • If using 1 medium or 2 small zucchinis, there is no need to peel or remove seeds. If you are trying to use up a large zucchini, I would peel off the outside and remove the big seeds after quartering it.
  • Feel free to use a good quality olive oil in place of some or all of the butter.
  • There is a whole lot of onion in this dish. If you aren't an onion lover, then feel free to reduce the amount. I wouldn't go less than a 1/3 cup of chopped onion for flavor, though.
  • Don't love lima beans or black eyed peas? You can use frozen peas in their place.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Category: side
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: zucchini, side dish, succotash, healthy, vegetable, easy side, summer