Frozen peas are easy to prepare and save you the hassle of opening hundreds of pods to make a single dish. Served alone or as an accompaniment to pasta or soup, frozen peas are a simple, healthy addition to any meal.
Method 1 of 3: Cooking Peas on the Stove
Step 1. Boil 3 or 4 cups of water
Using a medium saucepan, heat the water until it is bubbling heavily.
Step 2. Carefully place the peas from the package into the boiling water
Stir slowly and bring to a boil without capping.
If the peas are frozen and stuck together, loosen them by breaking them with a wooden spoon: that way they cook evenly
Step 3. Remove the peas from the heat after two to three minutes
With a fork or slotted spoon, remove the peas and blow on lightly to cool. Try it: it should be soft and easy to chew, like a baked bean.
Frozen peas usually take two to four minutes to cook
Step 4. Drain the water
You can carefully remove the water from the pan or turn the contents over in a sieve.
Step 5. Mix with 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter so they don't stick
Although not necessary, this Step makes the peas tastier and prevents them from sticking or falling apart.
A healthier alternative is to add some olive oil instead of butter
Method 2 of 3: Microwave Cooking Peas
Step 1. Place the frozen peas directly in a dish and microwave for two and a half minutes
To make them softer, sprinkle with one or two tablespoons of water first.
Every microwave is different, so taste the peas after two minutes and continue cooking if necessary
Step 2. Place the frozen peas in a covered serving dish and microwave for two minutes
That way you steam them, not water, and they get firmer. Before cooking, you can add a little water or two tablespoons of butter to make them tastier.
Step 3. Place the peas in microwave safe bags and cook for 2-3 minutes
Some frozen peas should be cooked inside the package. Just take it out of the freezer and put it in the microwave for the suggested time. The package will need to cool for four to five minutes after finishing the preparation. They tend to be full of steam, which can burn you if you try to open them right away.
If the packaging doesn't clearly say it's microwave safe, take no chances
Method 3 of 3: Use Frozen Peas
Step 1. Cook the peas with butter, garlic and onions for a simple accompaniment
This is a great way to spice up frozen peas. Just heat 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet and then add an onion and 2 or 3 chopped garlic cloves. After two or three minutes, place the frozen peas directly in the skillet. Cook everything over low heat for ten to fifteen minutes, or until the peas are tender.
Add a little oil and cheese to add to pasta
Step 2. Cook the peas with 2 cups of chicken stock to make a simple soup
Cook them in two tablespoons of butter with onion and garlic. After four to five minutes, add the chicken stock and cook everything together over medium heat for another five minutes, or until the peas are soft. Remove from heat. Once cool, blend in a blender to make a simple and delicious pea cream.
Add fresh herbs such as chives for extra flavor, and salt and pepper to taste
Step 3. Beat boiled peas with mint, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese to make a simple paste
This pea and mint pesto is fantastic on toast. Place a bag of frozen peas in a blender, blend until tender and add:
- 1 handful of fresh mint leaves.
- 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese.
- 1 or 2 chopped garlic cloves.
- 3 tablespoons of oil.
- Lemon juice to taste.
- Beat everything until you get a smooth cream, adding more oil if necessary.
Step 4. Mix cold boiled peas with tomatoes and spices for a simple salad
Simple yet elegant, boiled peas make an excellent base for salads. Mix with chopped cherry tomatoes, parsley, salt, pepper and a little balsamic vinegar for a refreshing summer accompaniment.
- Consider cooking the peas for less time if you are going to put them in salads, so they are firmer.
- Boiled peas also go well with traditional lettuce or spinach salads.