How to Cook Frozen Peas

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Frozen peas are absolutely a great staple to have on hand.  Within minutes you can have a fast, easy side dish that will add color to a plate. Aren’t we always looking for a simple green vegetable to round out a meal? 

Sauteed peas in baking dish

Frozen peas are absolutely a great staple to have on hand.  Within minutes you can have a fast, easy side dish that will add color to a plate. Aren’t we always looking for a simple green vegetable to round out a meal? Here, the peas are added to some quickly sautéed scallions in a bit of butter, then simmered in some broth and brightened up with an optional flurry of chopped fresh herbs. If you use vegetable broth, this is a vegetarian recipe.

And if you happen to have fresh peas on hand, you can cook them the very same way! The cooking times should be about the same.

How to Cook Frozen Peas: Having a bag of frozen peas on hand means you will be able to pull together a quick and easy vegetable side dish within minutes!

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Why Frozen Peas Are Great

  • They actually cook up more quickly than fresh peas.
  • Frozen peas are just as tender and delicious when cooked. 
  • Since fresh peas have a short spring/summer season, this is the best way to get peas on the table year-round.  
  • They are very economical.
  • Frozen peas will keep in the freezer for over a year.
  • If you don’t need to use the whole bag, you can close it up tightly to prevent freezer burn, and store the rest for another time.
  • No shelling needed!  A huge time saver!
  • They are frozen just after being picked and shelled, and so have a similar amount of nutrients to fresh peas. 
Cooked frozen peas in baking dish

How to Cook Peas

Melt the butter in a large skillet. Sauté the scallions for 3 minutes until they start to become tender.  Add the peas and broth and bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally for about 5 minutes until the peas are hot and the liquid has mostly evaporated, and the butter is glazing the peas.  Season with salt and pepper, and stir in the fresh parsley, thyme, or dill, if using.

Sauteed frozen peas with scallions in serving dish

What to Serve With Sautéed Peas

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How to Cook Frozen Peas

Frozen peas are absolutely a great staple to have on hand.  Within minutes you can have a fast, easy side dish that will add color to a plate. Aren’t we always looking for a simple green vegetable to round out a meal? 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 People
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Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 scallions (white and light green parts, trimmed and thinly sliced)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen peas
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • Minced fresh parsley, thyme, or dill (to serve, optional)

Instructions 

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet. Sauté the scallions for 3 minutes until they start to become tender. Add the peas and broth and bring to a simmer.
  • Stir occasionally for about 5 minutes until the peas are hot and the liquid has mostly evaporated, and the butter is glazing the peas. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in the fresh herbs if using.

Notes

Why Frozen Peas Are Great

  • They actually cook up more quickly than fresh peas.
  • Frozen peas are just as tender and delicious when cooked. 
  • Since fresh peas have a short spring/summer season, this is the best way to get peas on the table year-round.  
  • They are very economical.
  • Frozen peas will keep in the freezer for over a year.
  • If you don’t need to use the whole bag, you can close it up tightly to prevent freezer burn, and store the rest for another time.
  • No shelling needed!  A huge time saver!
  • They are frozen just after being picked and shelled, and so have a similar amount of nutrients to fresh peas. 

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 406mg, Potassium: 218mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 938IU, Vitamin C: 31mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1mg
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Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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