Frozen veggies are a total lifesaver for easy, affordable meals. I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to jazz up frozen veggies so they’re not boring to eat. And peas are one of my favorite frozen veggies – they’re inexpensive, easy to store for long periods, and pack a ton of nutrition. They’re also super versatile!

Over the years, I’ve mastered the two ways to cook frozen peas on the stovetop and in the microwave. So, in this article, I will share with you how to cook frozen peas in 2 different ways which makes them extra tasty.

1. How To Cook Frozen Peas on Stovetop


  • 1 bag frozen peas (about 1 lb)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Handful of fresh mint, chopped


To cook, place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add the olive oil and butter.

Once butter is melted, add the peas and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until peas are tender and warmed through.

Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest, juice, and mint. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

These peas have a bright, herbaceous flavor that’s miles better than just plain boiled peas. Serve hot!

2. How To Cook Frozen Peas in Microwave


  • 1 (10 oz) bag frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice (optional)


Empty the peas into a microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Scatter the butter pieces around the peas.

Microwave on HIGH power for 1 minute. Stop and stir the peas halfway through.

Continue microwing in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the peas are hot and tender but still bright green, 2-3 minutes total.

Squeeze a little lemon juice over the peas, if desired. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Serve hot as a simple side dish. Enjoy!


  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of water if the peas start to appear dry.
  • Stirring periodically helps steam evenly without overcooking.
  • Freshly ground black pepper adds depth of flavor.
  • For variety, toss cooked peas with diced celery, diced carrots or sliced mushrooms.

Whether you choose stovetop or microwave, I promise these pea recipes will become your new go-to. They’re simple enough for weeknights yet full of extra flavor you won’t feel like you’re just eating frozen veggies. If you have any questions that need answering while cooking frozen peas, you can leave a comment below

Emily Harris

Emily Harris is a seasoned chef and a food aficionado with a boundless love for all cuisines. With years of experience experimenting in the kitchen and crafting delightful dishes, Emily has honed her culinary expertise to share with the world

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