How to Cook Ham Hocks an Dry Lima Beans

by Tyrone
(USA NYC 10029)

Can dry Lima beans and ham hocks be cooked together in a pressure cooker, and for how long?

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Jan 03, 2013
Cooking Lima Beans
by: Anonymous

I have cooked pintos in pressure cooker but never Lima's. I heard it can clog the vent. After reading today I am going to give it a try.

Sep 03, 2012
Cooking Lima Beans in a Pressure Cooker
by: Anonymous

I cook my Lima beans in a pressure cooker all the time for 25 min. I love it. My family have cooked vegetables and beans in pressure cookers for many years. I have keep this tradition alive.

Jun 18, 2012
Lima Beans
by: Theodora

My Lima Beans Recipe

1 lbs. dried Lima beans
1 (medium) ham hock
1 (medium) onion (fine chopped)
1-1/2 tablespoons (light) brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

How to:

Clean beans, and soak over water in refrigerator overnight. Rinse beans, and place in a large pot. Cover with (2 cups) water. Add onion, and brown sugar, and stir. Bring to a boil over medium-heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover, and simmer until beans are tender. Season with salt, and pepper. Cover, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve while hot.

Jun 18, 2012
Ham Hocks and Lima Beans
by: Theodora

Another Ham Hocks and Lima Beans recipe


1 lbs. dried Lima beans
4 ham hocks (halved)
1 onion (chopped)
1 green bell pepper (seeded, and chopped)
2 cups (canned, plain chopped) tomatoes (drained)
1 cup (plain) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
salt (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon pepper

How to:

Clean, and rinse beans. Soak in water in the refrigerator overnight. Rinse beans, and transfer to bottom of crockpot. Set hocks on top. Add onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, bay leaves, cloves, and pepper. Season with salt. Pour 1-1/2 quarts of water. Stir once. Cook on high for 2 hours. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 10 to 12 hours, or until beans are tender. Serve while hot.

Jun 18, 2012
Lima Beans and Ham Hocks
by: Theodora

My Recipe for Lima Beans and Ham Hocks


2 lbs. dried Lima beans
2 lbs. (meaty) ham hocks
2 onions (chopped)
1/3 cup celery stalk (diced)
1 tablespoon (light) brown sugar
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 cups water.

How to:

Add beans in a large heavy pot. Cover with (6 cups) water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover, and let stand for 1-1/2 hours. Set ham hocks on top of beans. Add onions, celery, brown sugar, mustard, and salt. Place pot over medium-heat. Bring to a simmer. Cover, and simmer for 2 hours. Remove ham hocks from pot. Remove meat from bones, keeping it in large pieces. Skim excess fat from top of pot. Return ham-meat into pot. Stir, and serve while hot.

Jan 04, 2012
Cooking Dry Beans
by: Big Al

Man don't know why someone would say cooking dry beans in a pressure pot is not a good idea. I have been doing it for 30 years and just fixed a big pot last week. I look and wash my beans the night before and soak them in water overnight. I check them in the morning and add water if needed. When I am ready I put a small amount of oil in the bottom of pot, drop in my ham hocks, fat back, streaky meat, or whatever pork I am using and roll it around and brown it a little and suck out some of that good flavor.

Then I add my beans what ever kind I have a liken for and fill up with water about 1 inch above the beans. When she starts a jiggling I cook the beans from 10 to 15 minutes cut off the heat and let them set until the pressure goes off or until the corn bread is done. Let off the steam, salt and pepper to taste stir em up good and chow down!

Apr 25, 2011
Best Ham Hocks and Dry Lima Beans
by: Tom in Oregon

Place your ham hocks and dry beans in pressure cooker, add 1/2 of chopped onion, fill with water to cover beans and all, do not add salt.

Cook over medium heat until pressure starts sputtering the valve thing, turn off heat, remove cooker from heat let set at least 30 minutes.

When you can open the cooker add a cube of butter, let set till butter is all melted and serve up some ham hocks & Lima beans.

This was my mothers way to do and it has worked for me for years, and I'm an old redneck.

Nov 13, 2010
Pressure cooker beans
by: John j c

Dried beans are a snap in the pressure cooker. Just wash and sort your beans and add them to the pot. 4 cups of water and 4 tsp. of oil to the pot for every pound of beans. DO NOT ADD SALT because that will prevent them from cooking.

Pressure cook for 20 to 25 minutes and let cooker cool on it's own and you will have perfect beans.

Feb 07, 2009
Ham Hocks and Dry Lima Beans
by: Anonymous

Soak the beans for at least 8 hours or overnight. Put beans, ham hocks and water (2 inches above the beans) in pressure cooker, bring to pressure for 3 to 4 minutes and natural release. Because Lima bean skins can become loose and float you will have to put a thin layer of oil (bacon grease will work) and a rack on top of the beans. ( You may like the beans cooked a little longer and I always cook the hock in pressure cooker about 5 minutes before adding beans)

Jan 03, 2009
Pressure Cooking Ham Hocks and Dry Lima Beans
by: Soul Food Chef

Tyrone, thanks for asking the question about cooking ham hocks and dry Lima beans in a pressure cooker. I only have experience cooking ham hocks and not the Lima Beans. I was once told that cooking dry beans inside of a pressure cooker was not a smart idea. If anyone else know anything about cooking dry beans in a pressure cooker please post a response here.

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