A simple side dish with spectacular springtime flavors, Sweet Peas with Brown Butter and 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.

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Sweet Peas with Brown Butter

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.

They’re all super easy, really fast and should absolutely be shared with the world.

Even the biggest pea naysayer will say they’re totally amazing. And cooking peas is quite simple to do in a skillet, especially with brown butter because brown butter makes everything infinitely better.

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What Is 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.

How To Make Sweet Peas

Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat.

Swirl the pan, once melted, until the butter solids begin to turn golden brown.

Add the peas to the pan and toss to coat. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

Stir in the mint. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve immediately.

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.

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What To Serve Them With

Peas are freshest during the spring months but frozen peas work well in this recipe, too, so you can serve them year round.

Here are a few of our favorite pea pairings:

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Get the Recipe: Brown Butter Peas with Mint

Fast and fresh, Brown Butter Peas with Mint is the classic spring side dish perfect for every dinner.
5 from 1 vote


  • 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.
Calories: 108kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 167mg, Potassium: 128mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 685IU, Vitamin C: 20mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 0.8mg