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Here are all the best peas recipes for using this healthy green veggie! This list of pastas, soups, and salads uses everything from green peas to pea shoots.

Peas recipes

Are you a peas lover? Peas have had a troubled reputation: “eat your peas” is a mantra of well-meaning but controlling parents to their children. Why the bad rap? We’re not sure, but these days, peas have a new lease on life. They’re beautifully bright green and taste fresh and sweet. Even better, they’re full of plant-based protein (and one of the best vegetables you can eat).

Here are all the best peas recipes for using this bright green vegetable! From vibrant green vegetable chowder to pasta with peas, feta and dill, there is no shortage of inspiration for cooking with these green orbs. Most use green peas, but we’ve thrown in a split pea recipe and a few for cooking with pea shoots, too. Ready to get cooking?

And now, our best peas recipes!

Peas fun facts

Want to learn more about peas? Here’s a bit more info about these healthy veggies that may convince you to eat more peas recipes:

  • They’re part of the legume family, like chickpeas and lentils. But they’re more often eaten as a starchy vegetable (like corn or potatoes).
  • They are high in plant-based protein. ½ cup of peas has 4 grams of protein. The calorie count is also fairly low: 62 calories for the same amount. (Source)
  • Split peas vs green peas: what’s the difference? Split peas are a peeled and dried version of green peas. Of course the most common way to serve split peas is as a soup (here’s our recipe).
  • Are fresh peas better in recipes than frozen? Actually according to Epicurious, no! Fresh peas are great for snacking, but frozen hold up better in recipes and have all the same nutrients.
  • Should I eat canned peas? There’s often lots of sodium in canned peas, and their texture becomes pretty mushy. So we recommend using frozen!
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Peas recipe

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This peas recipe takes just 5 minutes! Cooking frozen peas with garlic and lemon makes them taste incredible. It’s an easy side dish that everyone loves!


  • 2 cups frozen peas (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon, optional


  1. Rinse the peas under warm water and shake off excess liquid.
  2. Smash and peel the garlic cloves.
  3. Add the butter and olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the smashed garlic and frozen peas and cook for 2 minutes until warmed through but still bright green.
  4. Season with the kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and lemon zest. Discard the garlic cloves and serve immediately.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Last updated: February 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. S G says:

    Halved for two, otherwise made as written.
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