Creamed Peas Recipe

By Rena |

These creamed peas are creamy good and make for a perfect side dish recipe to serve your family or guest during the holidays. They are easy to make and need just about 20 minutes!

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Peas have never tasted so good until you make this creamed peas recipe. So vibrant and creamy, everyone would want to have a taste of these creamed peas. They make for a perfect vegetable side dish recipe that pairs well with almost anything. Serve then with salmon, chicken, or steaks. They are so tasty and need just 20 minutes of your time.

Why you will love this side dish recipe

  • Easy: making this creamed peas recipe is super easy and needs only 20 minutes of your time.
  • Tasty: so creamy and full of flavor. Takes eating peas to a whole other level of including nutritious veggies into your diet.
  • Versatile: perfect side dish recipe that pairs well with almost anything.
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Ingredients you will need

frozen peas
olive oil
garlic cloves or garlic powder
salt and pepper
cream cheese
milk
cheddar cheese
parsley
chili flakes

ingredients to make creamed peas side dish recipe

How to make creamed peas from scratch

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the peas and stir frequently until thawed.

Stir in the garlic, salt, and pepper and sauté for 3-4 minutes.

Add in cream cheese, milk, and mix until fully combined. Stir in shredded cheese and cook until all cheese melts and you get a thicker consistency. Then remove from heat.

Serve and garnish with chopped parsley and chili flakes, if desired Enjoy!

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skillet with peas, milk, cheese being stirred with a wooden spoon

Recipe notes and tips

  • You may use other veggies if you don’t like peas. Try mixed veggies or corn.
  • Cream cheese: use light or fat-free cream cheese. 
  • Milk: you may use dairy-free milk but we prefer 2% which is what we used.
  • Fresh garlic can be replaced with garlic powder
  • Use light or fat-free shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Store leftovers in a container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You may freeze for later use. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the microwave.
  • Use any oil you prefer.
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Frequently asked questions

How long should you cook peas?

Depending on how much you are making, if you are using frozen fresh peas, it will need about 6-8 minutes of cooking until the peas are tender.

What is the best way to cook frozen peas?

Even though you can technically cook your peas in the microwave, we prefer cooking them on the stove in a skillet or sauce. Maintain a medium heat and allow the peas to cook and simmer until ready. It will take about 6-8 minutes depending on whats added to it.

Can you overcook peas?

Yes. Peas can easily be overcooked if you cook them in high heat for a longer time than necessary. Cooking or steaming peas for a long time will lead to water absorption and you will end up with soggy and mushy peas.

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Creamed Peas Recipe

Creamed peas made with frozen peas, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, milk, and herbs. Easy to make and ready in 20 minutes.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 lb frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced, or 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 8 oz cream cheese cubed, use light
  • 1/3 cup milk 2% or whole
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar Cheese low fat or fat free
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp chili flakes or to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the peas and stir frequently until thawed.
  • Stir in the garlic, salt, and pepper and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in cream cheese, milk, and mix until fully combined about 2-3 minutes.
  • Over medium heat, stir in shredded cheese and cook until all cheese melts and you get a thicker consistency. About 3-4 minutes. Then remove from heat.
  • Serve and garnish with chopped parsley and chili flakes, if desired Enjoy!

Notes

  • You may use other veggies if you don’t like peas. Try mixed veggies or corn.
  • Cream cheese: use light or fat-free cream cheese. 
  • Milk: you may use dairy-free milk but we prefer 2% which is what we used.
  • Fresh garlic can be replaced with garlic powder
  • Use light or fat-free shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Store leftovers in a container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You may freeze for later use. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the microwave.
  • Use any oil you prefer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1246IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg
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