Brown Butter and Garlic Roasted Peas

No more boring sides when you make these Brown Butter and Garlic Roasted Peas! An easy side dish that everyone will love!


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.

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.

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.


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 for because they’re healthy – we’re eating them because they’re delicious.



Browned Butter and Garlic Roasted Peas

  • Author: Dan
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 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.


15 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!

  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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