15 Frozen Pea Recipes to Make Until Spring Arrives
Frozen peas to the rescue! If it's not spring yet and you're craving something green, this economical, versatile freezer staple is a lifesaver come dinnertime. You'll be surprised by all the delicious dishes you can make with frozen peas -- here, our favorite recipes.
Frozen Pea Basics
Because frozen peas are picked at the peak of their season and immediately frozen to preserve their flavor, they're often sweeter and more tender than fresh peas. They're also usually less expensive (and you don't need to shell them). Frozen peas are delicious in soups, pastas, potpies, and side dishes.
Some easy ideas: Cover peas with chicken or vegetable broth by 1/2 inch and simmer 5 minutes. Puree in a blender until smooth and thin as needed. Serve soup topped with a dollop of yogurt. For a side, saute thawed peas with butter. Toss thawed peas with hot cooked pasta, cream cheese, and cubed ham. Or saute cubed cooked potatoes until lightly golden, then add peas and a dash of curry powder and heat through.
Minted Pea Mash
All you have to do for this 10-minute side is saute thawed peas in butter, puree, and stir in mint. Serve with roast chicken or fish and chips or atop crostini.
Quick Chicken Curry with Spinach and Peas
Frozen peas and baby spinach add a welcome pop of green to this speedy curry redolent of cinnamon, ginger, coriander, and turmeric.
Chicken Potpie with Brown-Butter Crust
Chicken potpie filling isn't complete without peas, and it's not worth the trouble to use fresh here. Save your energy to make the decadent brown-butter crust.
Arroz con Pollo
Adding frozen peas is the final touch in our take on the classic Latin-American chicken-and-rice dish.
Tossing in the frozen peas right before draining the tortellini is a genius way to thaw them in this easy pasta salad that also calls for crispy baked prosciutto, peppery baby arugula, and nutty Parmesan. Lemon zest and juice give the dish extra oomph.
Brown Rice with Peas and Cilantro
Frozen peas, fresh cilantro, and sauteed onions spiced with fennel seeds transform instant brown rice into a memorable side dish.
Salmon Noodle Casserole
Our elevated riff on tuna noodle casserole keeps the frozen peas but swaps out everything else for fresh salmon, homemade bechamel sauce, lemon zest, scallions, dill, and pumpernickel breadcrumbs.
Garlic Chicken with Barley
A whole chicken is browned, then braised along with pearl barley, chicken broth, white wine, onions, and garlic in this easy slow-cooker recipe. Frozen peas and fresh tarragon are stirred in just before serving.
Farro Risotto with Shrimp
Frozen peas need very little time to cook, as do fresh shrimp. Throw them in at the same time in this earthy risotto recipe.
Thawed peas are layer number five in this impressive-looking salad. A creamy, tangy buttermilk-avocado dressing ties all the flavors together. It's just the thing for a potluck!
Garlicky Italian Pasta
Frozen peas, fresh spinach, and a handful of pantry ingredients are all you need to breathe new life into leftover brisket.
Curried Chicken-and-Potato Pie
This satisfying savory pie relies on three frozen ingredients -- peas and hash browns for the filling and phyllo dough for the crust. They're the reason you can get the whole thing on the table in less than an hour.
Szechuan Fried Rice
Peas are a must in this fried rice recipe -- their subtle sweetness balances out the spicy Chinese chile paste perfectly.
Red onion, fresh parsley, and white-wine vinegar cut the richness of the mayo-and-sour cream dressing in this make-ahead salad. Let the flavors meld in the fridge for a couple hours, then finish with crisp bacon and aged white cheddar.
Whole-Wheat Flatbreads Stuffed with Cauliflower, Peas, and Spinach
Our flatbread recipe is a cinch to make, but you can use store-bought if you're in a hurry. Cumin, coriander, and turmeric give the vegetable filling tons of flavor.