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How To Cook Butter Beans

How To Cook Butter Beans

Ever thought a nice bowl of beans would be an easy, tasty and filling meal to make at home, only to find that you can't quite bite into them? Despair no more as Matt shows you how to cook butter beans to perfection.


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  • dried butter beans
  • olive oil
  • rocket


Cover your dry butter beans in water and soak for 8-12 hours. You can reduce this time to about 2 hours by adding bicarbonate of soda to you water.

Once they have been soaked, drain the soaking liquid.

Put in a pan with water, bring to the boil, drain and replace the water, then cook on a gentle simmer for 25-35 minutes. Cooking times for beans can vary massively, as some beans are dryer than other, so it is best to cook them in advance.

Check the beans are cooked, then drain them.

Dress the beans with a bit of rocket and a bit of olive oil.