Are you looking for a delicious and healthy side dish? Look no further we will show you how to make pea puree! Perfect side dish or sauce to many recipes.
This simple recipe is easy to make and easily adapted in texture and consistency to suit your taste.
Serve it alongside your favourite meal, or make a smoother puree and use it to decorate other dishes.
How to make Pea Puree
We show you how to make pureed peas at home using frozen peas in this video
We made it into a thin, smooth puree in this example and served as a decorative sauce with our scallops and black pudding starter.
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You only need a bag of frozen peas for this simple recipe. We have also included some ideas of what to add for extra flavour.
Frozen peas are best to use for this recipe, picked and flash-frozen when they are at their sweetest.
Use either frozen petit pois or frozen garden peas; avoid using fresh peas.
Water is needed to cook the peas in. Reserve some cooking water to help create the desired consistency.
So that is all that is needed peas and water! Now for the optional extras for more flavour!
You can cook the peas in vegetable or chicken stock instead of boiled water for extra flavour.
Salt and pepper
Season to taste with salt and pepper
Adding butter during blending helps give the puree a creamy texture and richer flavour.
Adding mint jelly, mint sauce, or freshly chopped mint leaves gives a fresh sweet flavour giving you a minted pea puree. Perfect served with lamb.
Herbs and Spices
Try adding herbs or spices to suit what you are planning to serve.
Garlic puree or roasted garlic added during blending helps give extra depth.
Add frozen peas to a pan of cold water bring to a boil. Once the water has boiled, turn to a simmer for two minutes.
Drain the peas -reserving some water or stock to add if needed.
Place the drained peas into a food processor or use a handheld blender
Add salt & pepper and any additional flavourings you want to use, and blend to your desired consistency.
You can add more liquid to the pea puree to make it more fluid, depending on what you are serving it with?
When served as a vegetable side dish alternative to mash potato or rice, keep it thick with minimal water or stock added, as seen above.
If using pea puree as a sauce to decorate your recipe, add more liquid to make it more fluid.
Add small splashes of water and blend, adding more until you have your desired consistency.
If using as a side sauce for decorating or serving younger children, you may want to make the sauce smoother.
Pass the blended peas through a fine sieve to remove any unwanted lumps, and your pureed peas will be super silky smooth!
Using a silicone spatula helps push the blended peas through the sieve.
📖 Step by Step Recipe
Pea Puree - Side Dish or Sauce Recipe
Pea Puree Recipe
- 300 grams Frozen Peas
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- Black Pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
Minted Pea Puree
- 2 teaspoon Mint Jelly or Sauce
Optional - Extra Flavour Ingredients
- Vegetable Stock instead of water
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Puree
- Dried or Fresh Herbs
- Add frozen peas to a pan of cold water bring to a boil. Once the water has boiled, turn to a simmer and cook peas for two minutes.For extra flavour cook peas in stock instead.300 grams Frozen Peas
- Drain the peas - reserving some water (or stock) to add back during blending.
- Place peas in a food processor or bowl for hand blender, add butter, salt and pepper. Plus any additional flavourings you are using.In this example, we have added mint jelly for a minted pea puree.Salt, Black Pepper, 1 tablespoon Butter, 2 teaspoon Mint Jelly or Sauce
- Blend, adding splashes of the reserved water (or stock) during blending until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Optional: for a smoother puree push the blended peas through a fine sieve. Using a silicone spatula helps push the sauce through the sieve.
- Transfer to a serving dish or use on the plate as a sauce
Pea purée is a great way to add bright green colour and a naturally sweet flavour to your meals. It's perfect as a healthy side dish or a decorative sauce on starters or main courses.
Pea puree above served with no added water for a chunky texture with sea bream, and bulgar wheat.
Check out this blog for plating presentation ideas including how to decorate a plate with sauce.
Baby Food Pea Puree
Our recipe can also be used to create pureed pea baby food. Simply follow the steps above but avoid using stock, butter or adding salt and pepper to keep it natural.
To make it more palatable and creamy for the baby, add the peas to a blender with a splash of breast or formula milk instead of water.
You should pass it through a sieve to make it extra smooth for your baby.
Once made, store pea puree in the fridge covered for two days or frozen for three months.
Ice cube trays
We like to portion into ice cube trays. Once frozen, pea cubes can be transferred to a freezer-safe bag and stored for three months.
When you are ready to use, simply remove as many cubes as you need and defrost them in the fridge or microwave.
A great way to always have some on hand, and it's perfect for when you only need a small amount!
We hope you enjoy this pea recipe as much as we do. Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or suggestions.