Peas and Bacon

Peas and Bacon is an easy side dish recipe that goes with almost any meal! We make this pea recipe for parties, holidays or everyday dinners!

How much do love easy side dish recipes like this one? Perfect for holidays or parties because you can make them ahead of time and have them ready when you are. Also check out our Creamed Spinach recipe (also make ahead) and these gorgeous Roasted Carrots, yep, those can be made ahead of time, too.

Peas and Bacon on a serving spoon

Peas and Bacon Recipe

When you need an easy, delicious side dish, Peas and Bacon is one of our go to recipes! Everyone loves it and it’s so easy to make, it’s really the perfect side dish recipe. You can switch up the flavors and add applewood smoked bacon or different fresh herbs, if thyme isn’t your thing then add fresh parsley or dill.

There’s just something about these sweet, buttery peas combined with smoky salty bacon that just can’t be beat!

How Do You Make Peas and Bacon?

So, so easy you guys. There’s just a few steps here. Start by cooking your bacon until it’s nice and crisp, chop it and set it aside.

Next grab a large skillet, melt a few tablespoons of butter and start to cook down a large shallot. If an onion is all you have, that’s fine too, but shallots are a little sweeter so we prefer using those in this pea recipe.

Peas and Bacon in a skilet

Add frozen peas to the skillet and toss with the shallots and butter. Now grab that bacon and get it in the skillet along with fresh thyme (or your herb of choice) and stir to combine.

We like to get to this point before adding any salt because the bacon does add a good amount of saltiness to these peas. Give it a taste and then add salt and pepper to you liking.

Pea recipe with bacon in a white dish

Can You Make This Pea Recipe Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely! Make these Peas and Bacon the morning of or even the day before and then pop them into the microwave to warm them through. Alternately, you can heat them up on the stove top, cover and keep warm until you’re ready to serve.

Can You Make This Pea Recipe With Canned Peas?

You can, but we don’t recommend it. Unless you’re a big fan of canned peas, then by all means give it a shot. Canned peas have a mushier texture than frozen peas and a slightly different flavor because of being canned.

Not that we’re opposed to canned peas at all, we love adding them to our Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese along with tuna fish for an easy meal. So the short answer is yes, you can use canned peas but frozen peas are definitely recommended.

Peas with bacon in a serving dish

What Main Courses Can I Serve Peas and Bacon With?

Many, many main courses go so well with these peas! Whether you’re serving this recipe fo a holiday like Easter or Christmas, or just along side your nightly dinner, we’ve got plenty of options!

Holiday Main Course:

Everyday Main Course:

Peas and Bacon on a serving spoon

Peas and Bacon

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Peas and Bacon is an easy side dish recipe that we serve for parties, holidays and every day dinners!



  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 20 ounces frozen peas
  • 5 strips cooked bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Add the butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the shallot for 3-4 minutes until softened, then add the frozen peas to the skillet. Toss the peas to combine with the butter, then add the cooked bacon, fresh thyme and chicken broth.
  2. Cover the skillet and let the peas steam for 5 minutes until warmed through. Stir and taste for seasonings, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


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2 Responses
  1. Debra Elliott

    OMG, I can’t wait to make this, Old school almost forgotten dish of my mother-in-law. I’m rating it because I already know how delish it is. She always made it for Easter. Thanks for the reminder, it’s on my Easter menu this year:) YUM

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