Brown Butter and Garlic Roasted Peas

No more boring side dishes when you make these Brown Butter and Garlic Roasted Peas. These peas are cooked in the oven for an easy side dish recipe the whole family will love!

Looking for more ways to use incorporate peas into your meals? Try my Turkey Leg Split Pea Soup or adding them to this Chicken Pot Pie Soup.

Roasted Peas Recipe

This Is One Of My Favorite Ways To Cook Frozen Peas

Sure you can just throw out a bowl of peas for dinner. They’re going to be fine, I mean a pea is a pea right?

But if you want to take a few extra steps you can have ridiculously good peas. Like peas that everyone is going to be shoveling into their mouths bite after bite.

Which is also why this recipe make a lot – you’re going to need a lot.

These Peas Will Definitely Become One Of Your Favorite Side Dish Recipes 

Good side dishes are what makes a good dinner. Sometimes the main dish steals the show, but sometimes it’s the sides. And these Brown Butter and Garlic Roasted Peas are a a side that will totally steal the show.

You can start out with a couple bags of frozen peas, I’ve seen recipes for roasted peas using canned peas but I have to say I’m not a fan of the canned pea. Also since they’re being roasted I think the frozen peas stand up better in this recipe. Otherwise you’d have mushy peas.

And no none wants that.

How To Make These Roasted Peas

While you’re oven is heating up you can start melting the butter in a skillet. Swirl it around for a few minutes after it’s completely melted so it starts smell get nutty and turn brown. It goes pretty quick and you don’t want it to burn so watch it closely.

Put the frozen peas right on a baking sheet and pour the brown butter all over the top. Add the garlic cloves and toss the peas so they are coated in the butter.

Roasted Frozen Peas Recipe

Roast the peas in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, toss again and serve.

Don’t be afraid of the butter, there’s a lot in this recipe. It’s what makes it good. We’re not eating these peas because they’re healthy – we’re eating them because they’re delicious.

How To Cook Frozen Peas

Looking For More Side Dish Recipes?

Spicy Mushroom Rice

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole


Browned Butter and Garlic Roasted Peas

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


No more boring side dishes when you make these Brown Butter and Garlic Roasted Peas. These easy peas are cooked in the oven for an easy side dish recipe the whole family will love!


  • 2 bags (12 oz) frozen peas, thawed
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 garlic cloves, peeled


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet until it’s just turning brown then remove from the heat.
  3. Put the peas on a baking sheet with an edge to it (so the butter doesn’t drip) and pour the butter over the top.
  4. Add the garlic cloves and toss to coat the peas in the butter.
  5. Roast for 20-25 minutes, toss once more then serve immediately.

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25 Responses

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  3. When I poured the brown butter over the frozen peas, it made a snap crackle pop noise, and had to separate some peas that were stuck in the butter! I used my convection oven for 20 min., but next time I will bake them, since they were extremely overcooked. I will then give my take on this.

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  6. noelle

    The peas and butter seized or something when I poured the hot butter over them (they were still frozen). I just kind of broke them up and continued and it came out ok, but I wonder if the recipe means to specify that the peas should be thawed? I’m making again bc my SO really loved them, so we’ll see how it goes this time around! I also I just tried to rate this 3 stars but it automatically set to 5 stars. Just an fyi.

    1. I’m hearing that’s a glitch all of the sudden…I’ll look into it. It did go in and add thawed to the recipe at your suggestion. The peas will break apart once they’re in the oven so it really doesn’t matter but it might make the instructions easier. Thanks for letting me know!

      1. Susan

        Just a question, after the butter is melted, could I pour the green peas and garlic into the pan and let it warm up just a bit, then place on the baking sheet? It sure would make stirring the peas into the butter a lot easier.

  7. My 10 year old son made these without assistance for Christmas dinner and they were a hit! Even his sister who doesn’t usually like peas swept them up! He used fresh peas though, not frozen and it came out perfectly cooked. .

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  10. Terry C.

    Yes the butter freezes a bit to the peas, but being that they go into the oven to roast why wouldn’t the other reviewers understand the butter would melt again and separate the peas? That is perfectly clear. Awesome recipe Dan. A nice change up for a usually boring vegetable. Will be making it again and again.

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