How To Cook Frozen Peas

Frozen peas are a convenient and nutritious addition to any meal, offering a burst of vibrant color and essential nutrients. Cooking frozen peas on the stove or in the microwave are two fantastic methods that preserve their freshness and flavor. In this article, I’ll guide you through the steps to master both these cooking methods.

1. How To Cook Frozen Peas on Stove

Ingredients

  • Frozen peas
  • Butter or oil
  • Salt and pepper (optional)
  • Fresh herbs (optional)

Instructions

Heat a pan over medium heat and add a small amount of butter or oil. Allow the butter to melt or the oil to heat up.

Add the frozen peas to the pan in a single layer. This helps ensure even cooking.

Stir the peas gently to coat them with the melted butter or oil. If desired, season with a pinch of salt and pepper for flavor.

Cook the peas for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. They should thaw, heat through, and become tender but still have a pleasant crunch.

If you like, you can add fresh herbs like mint or parsley to elevate the flavor and aroma of the peas.

Once the peas are cooked to your desired texture, remove them from the heat and serve immediately.

2. How To Cook Frozen Peas in Microwave

Ingredients

  • Frozen peas
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper (optional)
  • Lemon juice or zest (optional)

Instructions

Place the frozen peas in a microwave-safe bowl.

Add a small amount of water to the bowl. This will help generate steam and prevent the peas from becoming too dry.

Season the peas with a pinch of salt and pepper if desired, or even a splash of lemon juice or zest for a zesty twist.

Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap, leaving a small vent for steam to escape.

Microwave the peas on high for about 2-4 minutes, depending on the microwave’s power and the quantity of peas. Check after 2 minutes and continue microwaving in 1-minute intervals until the peas are heated and tender.

Once the peas are ready, carefully remove the bowl from the microwave (it may be hot) and give them a gentle stir.

Drain any excess water and serve immediately.

Whether you’re preparing a light side dish, stirring peas into a flavorful pasta, or adding them to your favorite stir-fry, these cooking techniques will make frozen peas a delightful and convenient addition to your culinary repertoire. With just a few simple steps, you can transform frozen peas into a vibrant and delicious component of your meals.