Creamed Peas with Fried Shallots

Creamed Peas with Fried Shallots are so easy to make! Fried shallots add a special touch to these peas, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner!

We all need side dish recipe like these creamed peas for the holidays. Easy to make, make ahead and just that little extra touch of something that makes them holiday worthy! Also be sure to check out our Creamy Mushroom Farro and this lower carb sided dish, Creamed Spaghetti Squash with Bacon!

Creamed peas with crispy fried shallots

A Classic Side Dish For Thanksgiving or Any Holiday!

There are your average side dishes and then there are side dishes that almost take over the main course because they are that good. These Creamed Peas with Fried Shallots fall under that category, as do our popular Brown Butter Roasted Peas, so head over and check them out too!

So good you’ll be spooning up more of these creamy peas with every bite of turkey or ham or maybe even that fancy Beef Wellington. Whatever you’re serving this pea recipe with, it’s going to make it taste even better!

Can You Make Creamed Peas with Fried Shallots Ahead Of Time?

You absolutely can, but you might want to fry up the shallots at the last minute. Make this creamed pea recipe and keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready and then warm them up on the stove top or in the oven.

I’m telling you, you can even microwave these peas right before serving and they turn out absolutely perfect!

Onions work too, but shallots are a little sweeter and fry up super quickly because they’re smaller. It’s like a homemade version of those crunchy fried onions that you buy in the can. But even better.

Creamed peas in a pot with a spoon

How Do You Make Creamed Peas?

Instead of a typical recipe where you cook down some onion in butter and add flour to make a roux, we’re keeping this side dish easy by using some help from the store. Basically, all you need to do is boil the peas and then melt in a soft cheese like Boursin, parmesan cheese and some heavy cream.

An instant cream sauce that’s out of this world delicious, all done on your stove top.

The fried shallots add an addicting crunch to the peas when they’re done. Seeing as we mentioned those store bought fried onions before…I will say that they are a good substitute if you really don’t feel like frying the shallots.

creamed peas with homemade fried shallots for garnish

What Main Courses Can I Serve This Pea Recipe With?

Anything you’d serve peas with is going to be perfect! We don’t just save these creamy peas for Thanksgiving, but because they are so easy to make and can be made ahead of time, it’s a great option for a holiday meal!

creamed peas in a serving spoon

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Creamed peas with crispy fried shallots

Creamed Peas with Fried Shallots

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Creamed Peas are a classic side dish recipe! We’ve kicked up these creamy peas with homemade, crispy fried shallots that add an addicting crunch!



  • 3 shallots, peeled and sliced into rings
  • 1 cup heavy cream, divided
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 24 ounce package frozen peas
  • 1 (5.2 ounce) package Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (see note*)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying


  1. Add the sliced shallots to a bowl with 1/2 cup of the cream. Let the shallots soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the flour and cayenne pepper to a bowl. Season the flour generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the oil to a skillet over medium heat, you want enough oil to totally coat the bottom of the skillet. Drain the shallots from the cream and dust in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess. Once the oil is hot, add the shallots and fry until brown and crispy, just about 2 minutes on each side. Remove the fried shallots to a paper towel lined plate and season with salt.
  4. Start a pot of water to boil for the peas. Once the water is boiling, add a couple of tablespoons of salt to season the water and then pour in the frozen peas. Bring the water back to a boil and cook the peas for 7-8 minutes until tender.
  5. Drain the peas and return them back to the pot over low heat. Add the Boursin cheese and stir into the peas until it’s melted. Next add the parmesan cheese, the remaining 1/2 cup of the cream and fresh nutmeg. Stir to combine and heat until warmed through.
  6. Serve the peas in a casserole dish with the fried shallots on top for garnish.

Recipe Notes

If using pre-grated nutmeg then only use 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon.

You can keep these peas warm on the stove, covered until ready to serve!

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


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