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cooked peas in a white bowl with the serving spoon

Simple Sautéed Peas

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5 from 10 reviews


This recipe for simple sauteed peas is an easy way to transform fresh or frozen peas into a delicious side dish. They only take 10 minutes to make but are festive enough for a holiday meal or family gathering. The recipe can be doubled.


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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups fresh shelled peas or frozen peas (10 oz)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh dill or chives for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat oil or butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add in peas, salt and pepper, and cook stirring until the peas are crisp tender and still bright green, 3 to 5 minutes. (For fresh peas, they should not taste “starchy” anymore.)
  3. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with dill or chives if desired. Serve hot.


To Double: This recipe as written is about 4 servings, 1/2 cups each and if you are serving more, You can simply double or triple the recipe as desired. Note that it will take a little longer to cook the peas through. If the garlic starts to brown too much, simply turn the stove down to medium heat.

Add a Lid: You can add in a tablespoon of water or two and cover and steam for a minute to speed the process.

Leftovers and Reheating: Leftovers can be kept up to four days. Reheat on the stovetop in a non-stick skillet with a little water, covered. Heat through only and do not overcook.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 90 calories
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g