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Creamed Peas

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This creamed peas dish is an old-fashioned classic that’s deliciously creamy, easy to make, and cooks all in one pan!
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Table of Contents
  1. CREAMED PEAS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CREAMED PEAS RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
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There are a few variations on how to make old-fashioned creamed peas, but our recipe is great for when you need to make a quick dish with little clean-up afterward. Just mix together a few simple ingredients to make a creamy sauce and add frozen peas! While it’s a great side dish for dinner, these delicious and sweet peas are also delicious served as part of a main dish on top of toast or potatoes.

If you’re looking for more tasty side dishes, our Fried Corn on the Cob is one of the best ways to cook up corn for any gathering. Glazed Carrots are another delicious take on a veggie side dish.

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CREAMED PEAS INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons of salted butter, plus more for serving
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 2 cups of half ‘n’ half cream
  • 28-ounce bag of frozen green peas

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Fresh Dill: Dill pairs well with these peas to simmer and/or garnish. Dill is quite light and adds just a hint of extra flavor, but won’t overpower

Carrots: Peas and carrots are a classic, but for good reason! Not only is this a healthy addition to the peas, but the peas and carrots are delicious when mixed together, and help to bring out the flavors of each other. Just substitute half the peas for half the carrots.

Onions: Adding sautéed onion to your creamed peas would be a delicious way to take them to the next level.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CREAMED PEAS RECIPE

STEP ONE: Put your large skillet over medium heat, melt butter and heat it until it just begins to brown. 

STEP TWO: Once butter is lightly browned, add flour, salt, and pepper to the pan, then continue to brown the ingredients for an additional minute.

PRO TIP: It’s important to brown the flour before adding the light cream to the pan. This is because the browned butter and flour adds flavor and provides a smooth texture to the creamed peas.

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STEP THREE: Whisk the half ‘n’ half cream into the flour mixture until smooth.

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STEP FOUR: Add the frozen peas and heat over medium until the mixture comes to a simmer and begins to thicken. Stir cream mixture and peas regularly to ensure the half ‘n’ half does not stick and burn to the bottom of the pan.

PRO TIP: If you want to add a little bit of dill to your simple sauce, add a teaspoon when you add the peas.

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STEP FIVE: Season with additional salt and pepper and garnish with fresh dill and butter, if desired.

HOW TO SERVE

This creamy side dish is one of those easy recipes that would work alongside nearly any main entree including meatloaf, grilled salmon or oven-baked chicken. This dish would be a fantastic dish to serve for a holiday meal or on a busy weeknight.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: This easy side dish can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing this dish, as the creamy mixture tends to break when thawed, leaving an undesirable texture.

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This recipe for how to make creamed peas is simple and cooks all in one pot in just a few minutes. The creamy white sauce of this old-fashioned recipe adds a delicious and refreshing flavor to your typical pea-based side dish.

FAQ

Can I freeze creamed peas?

We don’t recommend freezing this recipe as the consistency of the cream sauce won’t be retained.

Can I use other vegetables for this recipe?

You can use a mixture of peas and carrots, corn, pearl onions or a vegetable medley for this creamy side dish instead of just the peas.

Can I use fresh peas for this recipe?

You can certainly use fresh peas in this delicious side dish if you have them available to you. You could also use canned peas if that is what you have available.

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Creamed Peas

5 from 2 votes
This creamed peas dish is an old-fashioned classic that’s deliciously creamy, easy to make, and cooks all in one pan!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp salted butter plus more for serving
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ to 1 tsp white pepper
  • 2 cups half ‘n’ half
  • 28 oz bag frozen peas
  • fresh dill

Instructions
 

  • In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, heat butter until it just begins to brown.
  • Add flour, salt, and pepper to the pan then brown for 1 additional minute.
    TIP: It’s important to brown the flour before adding the cream to the pan. The browned butter and flour adds flavor and provides a smooth texture to the creamed peas.
  • Whisk half ‘n’ half into the flour mixture until smooth.
  • Add frozen peas and a teaspoon of chopped dill and heat over medium until mixture comes to a simmer and begins to thicken. Stir regularly to ensure the half ‘n’ half does not stick and burn to the bottom of the pan.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper and garnish with fresh dill and butter, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1104IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg
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