Minted peas in a bowl with mint scattered around

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This minted peas recipe is so easy peasy (I had to say it – sorry). It uses just 3 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to prep and cook. If you want a simple, understated side dish then these are a great option

Do I need to use fresh or frozen peas?

While this recipe explicitly states frozen peas, you can use either. The cooking time remains the same also. If you buy fresh garden peas in the pod, then you’ll need to buy around 3x more in weight than you want to cook. Also, don’t forget to factor in the extra shelling time in the preparation!

How long do frozen peas need to cook for?

Cook frozen peas in boiling water for around 3 minutes. This recipe also returns the peas briefly to the heat after cooking so don’t worry if the packet says a minute or two longer.

When cooking frozen peas, don’t add salt to the water as this can actually cause them to toughen up. If you prefer you can also steam the peas for this recipe which will take 3-4 minutes for tender results.

What can I serve these with?

Minted peas in a bowl

These minted peas are the perfect accompaniment to any kind of lamb dish. I served them with these fantastic minted lamb chops (yes it was a lot of mint – but totally delicious!) You can also serve them with other meats such as roast beef or even chicken. They also go really well with fish.

You can eat this cold making them a great summery side dish. You can even add them to a salad to add an extra pop of sweet minty flavour. Finally, these actually make a great addition as a topping for bruschetta. Yum!


You’ll just need 3 ingredients for this recipe (plus salt and pepper):

Minted peas ingredients
  • Peas – frozen or fresh, shelled, garden peas
  • Butter – unsalted (although salted works too, just adjust the seasoning you add)
  • Mint – use fresh mint and find big bright leaves for the best results


You can add some lemon zest to add an extra citrus flavour to your dish.

Some finely diced shallots also go well. Saute the shallots in a pan for 2-3 minutes before adding the cooked peas and then stirring in the mint and butter.

For a vegan option swap the butter with some extra virgin olive oil

How to make it

Bring a pan of water to the boil. Once boiling add the peas and, once the water reaches boiling point again, time for 3 minutes.

Drain the peas in a large sieve and return to the pan. Add the butter and mint and place over low heat while the butter melts. Stir to make sure the peas are coated in the butter and the mint is evenly distributed.

Season to taste and serve. You can also add a few sprigs of fresh mint to the dish to garnish.

Minted peas recipe steps - cook the peas,, stir in the butter and mint

If you are looking for other great vegetable side dishes then check out this roasted tenderstem broccoli with garlic or this grilled asparagus with balsamic red onion.

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Minted peas in a bowl with mint scattered around

Minted Peas

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


This minted peas recipe is unbelievably easy. Using only 3 ingredients, you can have this ready in less than 10 minutes. The perfect accompaniment to lamb, beef or even fish. 

The default recipe makes one generous side dish. 


  • 100g (3.5oz or 3/4 cup) frozen peas
  • 810 mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter


  1. Bring a small pan of water to the boil. Add the peas and cook for 4 minutes. 
  2. Drain the peas and add back to the pan, return to the hob and reduce the heat to low. 
  3. Add the butter and mint and stir together until the butter is fully melted and coating the peas. Season to taste and serve.


  • Don’t add salt to the water you boil the peas in – as this can cause the peas to toughen up
  • You can add a little lemon zest for an added hint of citrus
  • You can also eat these cold for a great summery  side dish, or an addition to a salad
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: British


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 190
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Protein: 6g

Keywords: side dish, peas, vegetables, vegetarian, mint, british

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