Basic Buttered Peas

  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 quart water, for boiling

1 pound peas

1 tablespoon salt (for boiling peas)

1 tablespoon butter

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Optional additions: pearl onions and lettuce, freshly chopped tarragon, chives, mint, parsley, soaked and chopped dried wild mushrooms or chopped prosciutto.


  1. Shell the peas if using fresh peas, if using frozen defrost fully before cooking. Bring the water to a rapid boil. Stir in the salt and add the peas. Boil the peas for 1 minute or until they are cooked. Drain the peas when done and add peas to a wide skillet over high heat. Toss in pan until fully dry. Add butter and salt and pepper to taste. Add any optional additions if you choose, and combine.
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