This delicious peas with mint and spring onion recipe is the perfect fresh, uplifting vegetable side dish you want on your table for all kinds of dinners. The great thing about this version of an English peas dish is that it gives that refreshing element to a meal and cuts through any heaviness. This is ideal for those big roast dinners, especially our favourite Christmas dinner, where there are lots of decadent dishes on the table cooked in lots of butter, cream, and fat. All tasty stuff. But sometimes you need some light, fresh, and green to cut through the intensity.
Sure, you could just microwave up a bowl of peas for the dinner table. But just that extra addition of the spring onions and mint gives it an uplifting boost of flavour without taking away too much from our much-loved peas-taste.
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What is in the Peas with Mint and Spring Onion recipe?
This is one of our easiest recipes. By frying the chopped spring onions in a little oil releases that delightful yet subtle onion-y flavour. We then cook the frozen peas for just a couple of minutes before stirring through the chopped or torn mint for the final minute of cooking. We add a couple of generous pinches of salt to draw out all the flavours and that’s it!
What does it taste like?
This simple peas with mint and spring onion dish has a flavour that is fresh, uplifting, and it cuts through any heavier food that you are pairing it with. The spring onion and mint flavours are not too over-powering. Rather, they sit in the background of the peas to add something interesting, a different dimension of flavour.
Peas with mint is a classic combination. Many of us have probably tried a refreshing pea and mint soup in the summer or mushy peas with mint sauce in the winter. It’s utterly delightful. This recipe takes a similar approach, just with the addition of spring onion for a bit of zing.
What kind of peas can I use?
We used frozen peas as we always have a bag in the freezer. Some people call them garden peas, or shell peas. In the States they are called English peas. You could also use petit pois peas. Fresh peas would be fine too, it’s just easier to have frozen peas on hand to add some vegetable nutrition to your meals.
What other ingredients or substitutions can I make to this peas recipe?
Peas with mint and shallots is another lovely combination, so by all means, if you have them you could swap out the spring onions for shallots. Just fry the shallots a little longer until they have softened.
You could also swap the vegetable oil for butter. Or for some extra decadence and flavour add a small knob of butter to the peas before serving.