Mushy Peas

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Mushy Peas

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:15 minutes
This recipe appears in: British Bites: Mushy Peas


  • 1 pound frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint, basil or sage (optional)


  1. 1

    Place peas, 1 tablespoon butter and water in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Cook, stirring often, until peas are thawed and soft and butter is melted, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and mash peas with a potato masher or wooden spoon until desired consistency is reached.

  2. 2

    Add lemon juice and remaining butter and mix until butter is incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper adding optional herbs if using.


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