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How to Cook Frozen Peas

Vegetables sides don’t have to be boring. Learn how to cook frozen peas the right way. They’re full of flavor and so easy to make. Plus, your family will love them. Serve them alongside your favorite main dish to make a complete and healthy meal.

Close up of cooked frozen peas in a bowl with a spoon.

Why I love this easy frozen peas recipe

Frozen peas are one of my favorite go-to sides. My kids absolutely love them, and as long as they want to eat them, I’m thrilled to serve them. They’re on regular rotation with my microwave steamed broccoli, and I love how easy they are.

I typically reach for them when I’m spending more time on a main dish that’s a little more complicated, like my shrimp and grits or spinach artichoke chicken.

But, they also pair well with simple recipes like onion soup mix meatloaf or a plain pan seared chicken breast.

No matter what you serve with them, these peas are delicious, and I promise you’ll never this frozen peas are boring again.

Close up of peas in a skillet being stirred with a wooden spoon.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them

Peas on a wooden spoon.

How to make this frozen peas recipe

Sauté the garlic. Heat a large skillet to medium-high. Add olive oil and minced garlic and sauté until the garlic is fragrant. This should only take about 30 seconds or so.

Cook the peas. Dump the frozen peas into the skillet and allow them to cook until they’re heated through. While they’re cooking, season with salt & pepper. I generally add about 1/4 teaspoon of coarse salt to start and if I’m making a large bag, I’ll adjust as needed.

And, that’s it. Your peas are cooked and ready. Serve them while they’re nice and hot with your favorite main dish.

Close up on cooked peas.

FAQs and tips on making frozen green peas

Do you thaw frozen peas before cooking?

Nope, that’s one of the great things about making frozen peas, they are so quick. No need to thaw, you can cook these straight from the freezer.

Are Frozen peas healthier than canned peas?

Absolutely, the canning process removes a lot of nutrients from peas, plus there is a lot of added sodium. Fresh or frozen peas are much more nutritious for you.

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How to Cook Frozen Peas


  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Vegetables sides don’t have to be boring. Learn how to cook frozen peas the right way. They’re full of flavor and so easy to make. Plus, your family will love them. Serve them alongside your favorite main dish to make a complete and healthy meal.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 16-ounce bag frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Coarse salt & black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet to medium-high. Add olive oil and minced garlic, and sauté until fragrant.
  2. Pour in frozen peas. Cook until heated through, stirring as needed, and season with salt & pepper, to taste.
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Vegan

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 58
  • Sugar: 2.4 g
  • Sodium: 51.3 mg
  • Fat: 2.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.9 g
  • Fiber: 2.2 g
  • Protein: 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: frozen peas, frozen peas recipe, how to cook frozen peas, frozen green peas

Last Updated on March 23, 2022 by Melissa Belanger

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