Brown Butter Peas with Mint
A simple side dish with spectacular springtime flavors, Brown Butter Peas with Mint are fast, easy and comforting. Fresh spring peas tossed in brown butter and mint leaves are fantastic served alongside just about any main course. Always a surprising addition to any menu.
I’m trying something new these days and I hope you all like it…..I’m adding a few of my favorite side dishes because I just realized that I don’t have many side dishes on The Suburban Soapbox. And I have a ton of side dish recipes that I make all the time. AND they’re all super easy, really fast and should absolutely be shared with the world. I also noticed that I’ve been going really hard on the desserts lately and I’ll try to stop…..I’ll TRY but I can’t promise that it WILL stop. I just know you’re all here for a little bit of everything and things that taste super delish, don’t take tons of time and won’t make the kids whine at the table. OH….by the way….at what age do kids actually stop whining and just voice their displeasure in certain things. I googled it the other day and there wasn’t really an answer to “How old are kids when they stop whining about EVERYTHING.” If you have the answer I’d love to here it….in the meantime, I give you Brown Butter Peas with Mint because they’re totally amazing and not one single person will whine about having to eat them. Even if they hate peas….or green things. Because brown butter makes everything infinitely better.
As a kid, myself, I always needed to drown my peas in a pool of butter before eating them. Even though they’re sweet…the fact that they are green never really encouraged me to want to shovel them in my mouth. So, the older I got….the less butter I would use but then I’d add other things, like tons of salt. So, I decided I needed to add flavor that’s more maximized…..enter brown butter. If you’re not familiar with brown butter it’s basically butter that’s melted and then cooked until the solids turn a golden brown making the flavor develop a kind of nuttiness that’s totally addicting. And so totally easy to make. THEN….I turned to a classic ingredient that’s always paired with peas in the spring, it seems…..fresh mint. I always see recipes for Fresh Peas with Mint and while I love that combo I think it still needs a salty, buttery background that only can be provided with brown butter.
And I know I keep talking about fresh peas….and spring peas but the truth of the matter is, you can totally pull off this recipe with a bag of frozen, thawed peas. You won’t taste much difference but the snappiness of fresh peas just makes me feel like, even though Old Man Winter has overstayed his welcome, spring is just a moment away. These Spring Peas with Mint and Brown Butter are just what you need to get over that silly transitional hump into warmer weather. And Brown Butter Peas with Mint may end up being one of your favorite meals….if you’re anything like me. You could serve them alongside of one of these other amazing side dishes like my current favorite Roasted Asparagus or THESE Cheese Stuffed Artichokes.
Brown Butter Peas with Mint
- 1/4 cup salted butter
- 2 cups fresh spring peas or frozen thawed peas
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
- Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat and continue cooking, while swirling the pan, until the butter solids begin to turn golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes.
- Add the peas to the pan and toss to coat. Cook the peas for 3-4 minutes or until bright green.
- Remove from the heat. Stir in the salt, pepper and mint.
- Serve immediately.
Peas are best if served immediately. Leftovers are fantastic tossed with white rice or pasta.