Sweet Corn Succotash


Birmingham, Alabama, chef Chris Hastings uses fresh field peas, like black-eyed peas, in his succotash, but green peas are nicely sweet. More Corn Recipes

Sweet Corn Succotash
Photo: © Lucy Schaeffer
Total Time:
45 mins
4 side-dish servings


  • 2 cups fresh green peas

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 thick slice of bacon, finely diced

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1/2 pound okra, sliced 1/2 inch thick

  • 3 medium tomatoes—peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 3 ears of corn, kernels cut off

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup slivered basil leaves


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the peas until tender, 5 minutes. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid.

  2. In a deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderately high heat, until browned. Add the onion and cook until just softened. Add the okra and cook for 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and corn and cook until the tomatoes break down. Add the peas with the cooking liquid and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in the butter and basil; serve.

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