Easy Creamed Peas Recipe

Easy creamed peas

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
351 Calories
21g Fat
33g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 440mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Protein 8g
Calcium 102mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These creamed peas are easy to prepare and cook with a simple white sauce and seasonings. A little onion and pimiento give them color and flavor.

Add some mild cheddar cheese or Parmesan to the peas, or make them with diced roasted red peppers or some bacon in the sauce. These creamed peas would make a nice addition to a Thanksgiving dinner menu.


  • 3/4 cup onion rings (or thin onion strips, thinly sliced)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups frozen peas 
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Dash salt
  • Dash pepper
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon pimiento (diced)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for creamed peas
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  2. Combine onion, water, and 1 teaspoon salt in a saucepan.

    Combine onion, water, and salt
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  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 5 to 7 minutes.

    Bring to a boil
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  4. Add the peas and cook for 5 minutes longer, or until peas are just tender.

    Add peas
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  5. Drain the peas in a colander over a bowl and reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.

    Drain the peas
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  6. In the same saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add flour and seasonings, stirring until smooth and bubbly. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

    In the same saucepan, melt butter
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  7. Add the pimiento to the flour mixture along with the cream and the 1/2 cup of reserved liquid from vegetables. Cook, constantly stirring until thickened.

    Add pimiento
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  8. Add the vegetables to the sauce and heat through.

    Add the vegetables to the sauce
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  9. Serve with your choice of entrée and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to the thickened sauce mixture. Add the vegetables and heat through.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of sautéed sliced mushrooms to the sauce along with the peas.