20 Recipes You Can Make with Frozen Peas

These recipes will change the way you think about frozen peas. Instead of opening your freezer and thinking how you can use up what’s on hand, look at that stockpile of veggies as a culinary inspiration. Delicious dips and spreads, satisfying soups and sides, flavor-packed pastas and more: frozen peas are a key ingredient in all these tasty recipes.

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Couscous with Peas and Mint

An easy way to make a quick-and-simple side dish extra hearty and delicious? Steam frozen peas with couscous.

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Asparagus, Pea and Zucchini Soup

Peas are the perfect complement to the other green veggies in this smooth and silky spring soup. Best of all, you don’t need to shuck fresh peas — frozen work just as well.

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Ham and Peas Frittata

Add frozen peas to beaten eggs (along with Swiss cheese and savory ham) for a complete meal in one skillet.

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Pea and Avocado Dip

When you need a last-minute snack or something to serve alongside your sandwich at lunchtime, grab a bag of frozen peas. You can cook them quickly and then pulse with simple flavorings like garlic, herbs and olive oil for a healthy and satisfying dip or spread.

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Cacio e Pepe with Peas

Peas and pasta are a match made in heaven. The peas add a nice pop of color to the dish — and the cheesy pasta makes the peas feel like a truly delectable treat!

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Marinated Vegetable Salad

Trisha turns frozen peas into a cookout-worthy side dish with a handful of staples: oil, vinegar and pimientos from her pantry, green beans from her freezer and celery, onion and bell pepper from her refrigerator.

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Ham and Vegetable Gratin

Got a picky eater who won’t touch frozen peas? It’s hard to turn down your veggies when they’re mixed with ham, cooked in savory chicken stock and herbs and topped with buttery, toasted breadcrumbs.

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Green Pea Arancini with Herby Lemon Dipping Sauce

This recipe is a bit of a project but trust us, it’s worth it. Valerie makes a delicious pea risotto that she cools and rolls into balls. Once the balls are stuffed with mozzarella they’re breaded and fried and served with a creamy lemon-and-herb dipping sauce.

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Spring Pasta Salad

Despite all the bright colors and fresh flavors in this pasta salad, frozen peas take center stage. Jeff says, “the little green peas and salty ricotta salata make a killer combo”.

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Peas and Prosciutto

It’s amazing how much flavor Giada adds to frozen peas with just a handful of ingredients. Garlic and shallots add savor, prosciutto lends a bit of saltiness and fresh chopped parsley bring a subtle freshness.

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Cavatelli with Sausage and Peas

Peas are an easy add-in for any pasta dish, but we especially love them here. Their natural sweetness is the perfect complement to savory sausage and salty, cheese-topped pasta.

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Microwave Chicken and Dumplings

Our version of this old-fashioned dish works beautifully in the microwave. It’s made with rotisserie chicken and frozen peas and carrots, so you’re halfway done before you even start!

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Minted Pea Deviled Eggs

If you’re looking for a way to sneak a few extra veggies into your day, this might just be the most delicious one. Katie cooks frozen peas and chops them up before adding them to her deviled egg filling.

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Lemon and Pea Alfredo

When it comes to peas, there’s no better way to serve them than in a rich cream sauce. Giada does just that, but brighteners the dish up with a little lemon zest and juice.

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Mini Quiches with Peas and Bacon

You might not think of peas as a breakfast ingredient, but Molly’s easy-to-make mini quiches will change that. Peas and bacon are a classic combination so it’s no surprise that they’re right at home with a little Gruyere in this egg-based dish.

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Creamed Peas with Fried Shallots

Tired of plain old frozen peas as your dinnertime side dish? Try this: serve them in a rich, creamy sauce, topped with crispy fried shallots. The dish only takes a few minutes but if you’re short on time you can make the creamed peas the day before. Just wait to fry the shallots until you’re ready to serve the peas.

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Cheapo Pea Pesto

This flavorful spread comes together easily with classic pesto ingredients, minus the basil. The green color comes from frozen peas instead.

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Cavatelli with Peas and Ricotta

Frozen peas never looked so good! Serve them simply with pesto pasta and a dollop of lemon-infused, whole-milk ricotta cheese for a simple dish that’s a cinch to make. Drizzle with olive oil and season with black pepper for a restaurant-worthy finish.

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Shortcut Shepherd's Pie

This shepherd’s pie is full of shortcuts — and frozen peas are just one of them. It’s also topped with frozen potato tots so you don’t have to spend any time making mashed potatoes like you would for the traditional version.

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Shrimp Dumpling Alfredo with Peas

When you need a quick and easy meal, head to the freezer. Frozen dumplings and peas can be paired together (with just three more ingredients plus a little salt and pepper) for a satisfying dish that’s ready in 20 minutes.

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