Creamed Peas are a simple, comforting dish featuring sweet peas in a creamy, rich sauce that can be made in just a few minutes.
Creamed peas are a perfect dish for both weeknights and holidays. It features sweet peas in a creamy, rich sauce using just a few simple ingredients.
These can be whipped up in just 15 minutes, making them perfect for busy nights. But that creamy, buttery sauce elevate these comforting creamed peas enough to make them decadent enough for company.
If you love peas, you will love this creamy, simple comfort food version.
Frozen or Canned Peas?
I highly recommend frozen peas, as the texture is a bit better.
You can use canned peas in this recipe, but the texture will be a bit different. Be careful adding salt until after you've tasted the recipe because canned peas often have additional salt.
Creamed Peas Variations
Creamed peas have a mild, sweet, and creamy flavor that lends itself to be able to handle new flavors gracefully. Try these additions to make this recipe your own.
- Gluten Free: Use gluten free measure-for-measure flour instead of all purpose flour.
- Pork: I was listing out all of the things that would be good in these peas, and I realized half of them were pork products! Bacon, pancetta, prosciutto, or diced ham would all be a beautiful, savory addition. Cook until crispy and either sprinkle on top or stir right into the dish.
- Crispy onions: You know those crispy fried onions you put on top of casseroles? Those work here for a little flavor kick and crispy texture.
- Potato: Cooked potato cubes can be added to make the dish a little more filling, particularly if you'll be serving it as the main dish over toast.
- Pearl onions: These will need a little prep work. To use pearl onions, slice off the root ends of the pearl onions and drop them into boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pinch the stem end, and the peeled pearl onion will pop out. Then add them at the same time you add the peas for a sweet, mild onion flavor.
- Nutmeg: Some people swear by adding nutmeg to veggie dishes. The sweetness adds a little extra to the dish. But just add a pinch, no more than ⅛ teaspoon of preferably freshly grated nutmeg.
- Parmesan: Parmesan, or really any cheese, can be sprinkled on top or added to the sauce. If adding to the sauce, use freshly grated cheese because it will melt smoother into the sauce.
Can You Freeze Creamed Peas?
I do not recommend freezing this recipe, as the cream will likely separate when you thaw it, greatly affecting the texture. This recipe is so quick and easy, though, that it would literally take longer to heat it up after freezing than it would to whip up a fresh batch.
How to Serve Creamed Peas
Creamed peas are generally served as a side dish. They are an amazing quick and easy side for a weeknight dinner or even holidays, as they're both quick and decadent. Try them with this crockpot ham, slow cooker Salisbury steak, bacon Swiss pork chops, or our all-time favorite southern meatloaf.
You can also serve creamed peas as the main event over toast for a simple vegetarian meal. Try them on a baked potato, wedge of cornbread, corn fritters or zucchini fritters, or on a simple slice of toast.
More Easy Side Dish Recipes You'll Love
- Bourbon Glazed Carrots - tender carrots in a sweet bourbon glaze. These are always an elegant hit for holidays.
- Creamed Corn - My kids call this "the good corn." It is so so easy to make and so rich, buttery, and delicious.
- Green Beans with Shallots - green beans quickly sauteed with shallots for extra flavor make a quick and simple side dish.
- Creamed Spinach - spinach in a rich creamy sauce for a classic way to eat these favorite greens.
- Sauteed Zucchini and Squash - one of my all-time favorite sides because it's so simple.
Creamed Peas Video
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 packages (10-ounces each) frozen peas thawed
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups cream
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add peas, sugar, salt, and pepper, and saute for about 2 minutes.
- Stir in flour, and allow to heat through, about 1 minute.
- Slowly pour in cream until fully incorporated.
- Cook stirring constantly over medium heat until the mixture is thickened, and peas are cooked through.
- Remove from heat. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.
- Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days. Reheat in a skillet on the stovetop. Reheating in the microwave will cause the cream to separate.
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