28 Fun and Seasonal Recipes for Fresh Peas
The humble pea is inexpensive to buy and easy to grow, and lends itself well to a variety of dishes. From field peas and snow peas to English peas and sugar snap peas, these recipes highlight the very best flavors that peas have to offer. Fresh peas can be steamed, sauteed, served on toast (move over, avocados!), marinated into a zesty cold salad, pureed into soup, and so much more. Explore our collection of fresh pea recipes for unique ideas to cook with this warm weather garden staple.
Fresh Peas with Mint and Green Onions
The combination of fresh peas with mint yield a harmonious and nutritious side dish. Peas are in the legume family, and these vegetables are typically high in protein and fiber, yet low in fat and cholesterol. Because they're higher in protein than many other types of vegetables, they're a good source of protein in vegetarian diets.
Classic Fresh Field Peas
Fresh Peas with Spicy Pepper Relish
Fresh Peas with Lettuce
Peas with Lemon and Thyme
Spring Peas with Pancetta
Steamed Sugar Snap Peas
Heirloom Tomato Salad With Fresh Lady Peas
Lady peas are smaller, sweeter, and more tender than most peas. If you can't find them, look for fresh black-eyed, purple-hull, pink eye, or crowder peas. In a pinch, substitute cooked dried peas, and proceed with step 2.
Marinated Field Peas
Three Peas with Leeks, Mint, and Cream
Peas and Potatoes with Bay Leaves and Black Pepper
Sugar Snap Peas with Mint
Snap Peas with Herb Butter
Field Peas with Okra and Andouille Sausage
Potato, Chicken, and Fresh Pea Salad
Lemon Risotto with Peas, Tarragon, and Leeks
Field Peas in Herbed Broth Soup
If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a bunch of freshly picked field peas, this simple soup will let their unique, earthy flavor shine. While most varieties of field peas can be used interchangeably in recipes, we recommend using lady peas (also called Lady Cream peas) here because they produce a clear, not cloudy, potlikker.
Fresh Pea Soup with Mint
Spring Pea and Bean Salad with Shaved Pecorino Cheese
Asparagus and Peas with Warm Tarragon Vinaigrette
Pea and Fresh Mint Ravioli
Sautéed Snow Peas and Peppers
Fresh Pea and Garlic Gazpacho
Fettuccine Alfredo with Ham and Peas
Lady Pea Salad
Mussels with Peas and Mint
English Pea Toast
"A perfect showcase for the early-season peas, this toast can be an appetizer, a first course, or a light main course," says chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene's in Portland. "A layer of fresh sheep's cheese, sweet and mild, would be so nice with the peas, but I also use my go-to cheese topping, whipped ricotta."