Creamed peas are a great side dish to any meal especially family gatherings during the holidays. Make this buttery, creamy sauce with fresh or frozen peas in under 20 minutes. Such a easy to make recipe right on your stove top!
- Peas (Fresh or Frozen)
- Salt & Pepper
- All Purpose Flour
- Whole Milk
- Heavy Cream
- Fresh Garlic Cloves
- Unsalted Butter
How To Make Creamed Peas
To start, in a sauce pan add in unsalted butter. Next, on a medium heat melt butter down.
Then, when butter is fully melted add in all purpose flour. Create a roux, mix flour and butter together “cooking” out the raw flavor of the flour. It may look as if you need more flour but trust me you don’t.
Now, after giving the butter and flour a stir slowly pour in milk. Then, add in heavy cream as well. Bring this to a simmer. Continue to stir because although then the gluten is still active and will stick to the bottom of the pot.
Add in peas, either frozen or fresh. I used fresh in the recipe myself. Next, add in salt and black pepper. Then, a little secret, this is were you grate fresh garlic right into the peas and cream sauce as they’re cooking.
On a simmer continue to allow the cream sauce to cook down and thicken. This should take about 15 minutes. Once thickened give the recipe a taste for salt. You may want to add more or less. I only suggest a bare minimum.
Lastly, remove the pot from the heat and serve. Be careful the contents will be hot.
How To Store
This is a super fresh recipe with great tasting veggies. Meaning, it won’t keep very long. Typically, I’d suggest about 3-4 days maximum. To refrigerate, place in something such as tupperware or sealed container. To freeze, I suggest vacuum sealing it if possible. A old fashioned way I use to do it was a ziplock bag and push as much air out as possible, that works well too!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Fresh peas or frozen peas?
Either will work for this creamed peas recipe. I used fresh because I prefer it but frozen will work as well. Note, with frozen you have a little extra cooking time from the extra water released.
How to make creamed peas using canned peas?
This one is easy. Due to the peas already being soft, I suggest allowing the cream sauce to thicken more first. This way your peas won’t be overcooked and mushy.
What do you serve with creamed peas?
Creamed peas are a side dish to almost anything you’d like. They are very versatile and great when paired with classic holiday dishes. Here are some great protein sources to pair with your peas!
- Air Fryer Lamb Chops
- Parmesan Crusted Steak
- Garlic Butter Chicken
- Stuffed Chicken
- Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Chicken
- 12 ounce peas (fresh, canned or frozen)
- 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
- 2 cup whole milk (any milk will do I just suggest whole for flavor)
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1.5 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 clove grated garlic
- In a sauce pan on medium heat add butter. Once butter has melted add in flour and "cook" flour for about 10-15 seconds which means to stir it around the pot.
- Slowly pour in milk and heavy cream. It'll look as if you need more flour but allow it to reduce first, it's fine.
- Add in your peas. Sprinkle in salt, black pepper then grate the garlic over the cream sauce. Bring to a simmer, continue to stir often because the cream sauce can possibly begin to stick.
- Reduce until peas are tender and cream sauce is desired thickness. This should take around 15 minutes. 20 minutes for a extra creamy sauce.
- Remove from heat when thickness is reached then serve.