Spring Pea Puree

This spring pea puree sautés tender fresh peas, shallots, and garlic and then blitzes them with lemon juice, tarragon, and chicken stock. Serve it as a side dish, under fish or chicken, even thinned out as a pasta sauce.

Bowl of green Spring pea puree topped with chopped mint on white marble

Wondering what to do with those beautiful spring peas that you just couldn’t resist at the market? We hear you. We get pretty excited when those first spring vegetables start showing up at the market, too. Thankfully, this spring pea puree is the solution. (And if spring hasn’t quite sprung yet where you’re at, it’s just as lovely made with frozen peas.) Serve it as a side dish alongside grilled fish, spring lamb, or roast chicken. Smear it on a cracker. Set it out with crudités. Twirl it with pasta. Or trick it out in a different fashion and let us know in a comment below.–Angie Zoobkoff

What if i don't have a blender?

Don’t write off the possibility of puree just yet. While a blender will give you a smooth puree in a matter of seconds, there are other ways. Obviously, a food processor is another option, as is a food mill. However, you’ll still get a pretty decent result with a potato masher, mortar and pestle, or pastry cutter. You’ll have to use a little more elbow grease but the effort will be worth it—albeit a little more rustic.

Spring Pea Puree

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  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • Serves 4 to 6
4.7/5 - 3 reviews
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Ingredients


Directions

In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil until hot. Add the peas, onion or shallot, and garlic and cook until slightly softened, 1 to 2 minutes for fresh peas or 4 to 5 minutes for frozen.

Add the chicken stock and cook until the peas are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in parsley or tarragon.

Reach for your immersion blender or dump the pea mixture into a high-powered blender, add the butter to the pea mixture, and blend until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Blend briefly to combine.

Scoop the purée into a serving dish and top with the mint. Originally published March 26, 2018.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This pea puree recipe is just about perfect. It’s economical, easy, quick, beautiful, can be made in just one pot—and most importantly, it’s delicious!

I used frozen sweet peas, a small white onion, and fresh tarragon. Everything cooked up in a small saucepan and I pureed it with an immersion blender. Start to finish, the recipe took less than 15 minutes, the flavor was bright, and the tarragon brings an intriguing licorice note. I'll try it with the parsley next time—but I did love the tarragon version.

I served it on the bottom of the plate with a pan-seared filet of halibut on top. It would also be fabulous as a base for pan-seared scallops. I didn't use the mint—but might consider that if I served it as a side with lamb. This one is a keeper.

I made this because I happened to have frozen peas and fresh tarragon on hand. I like a recipe that calls for only a few more additional ingredients from the grocery store. Any time a recipe asks me to toss it into the blender seems a bit tedious, so I opted to use my immersion blender to minimize dishes. It worked out fine, but I should have stuck with a blender as I had few peas splatter at me—karma at play?

The tarragon gives this pea puree a much sweeter result than the parsley and at first taste, I thought it would pair well with a meaty fish like grilled halibut or scallops. Since it contains the typical flavors of a spring feast (mint, peas, tarragon) it would also go well with roasted lamb as a sweet alternative to chutney.

I first served this on top of a Carr's Whole Wheat Cracker, which is a slightly sweet and sturdy cracker and the flavor combo was perfect—it brought out all of the flavors of the puree. I would recommend a goat cheese or blue cheese for a sharp contrast to the sweet. You could serve this as part of an appetizer or as a topping to a grilled meat. It makes over 3 cups and would last a few days in the fridge as a multipurpose condiment.

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Comments

  1. Pretty tasty, but honestly thought the tarragon was way too overpowering. Next time I would cut it in half, or maybe try with parsley. Tarragon is not an herb I’d ever used before and didn’t know what to expect. Probably would pair nicely with a gamey meat.

    1. Blake, tarragon as a little bit of a licorice flavor. It’s usually paired with fish, veal, or chicken. My guess is you may have had tarragon that was lste season, which can be quite strong.

  2. Hi,

    I turned this into a tea time finger sandwich! first I buttered the bread, applied a nice little mound of the pea puree and topped that with a nice piece of almost crispy prosciutto with a few tiny rings of green scallion top for a garnish. This now my fav way to eat green peas and ham!

  3. I make this a bit thicker, then I drizzle sesame oil on top then a little coarse sea salt and use as a pate on thin French bread.

  4. We loved this and will definitely make it again! I will be sure to use a smaller sauce pan next time, though – a 3-quart pan was too big to allow the immersion blender to do its work well. A one or 1 1/2 quart pan would’ve worked better. We spread it, along with tzatziki, on tortillas filled with chopped cooked lamb, cubed avocado, radish, and cilantro.

    1. So glad you found this recipe, Beth! And the way you served it is inspired, thanks for sharing that so we and others in turn can be inspired! We appreciate you taking the time to let us know. And yes, you’re absolutely right, a smaller (ie narrower) pan will make it infinitely easier to use an immersion blender! Looking forward to hearing other uses for this puree or perhaps the next recipe on our site that you try…

      1. I’d love to make this for family visiting soon. How long will it last in the fridge; alternatively, will it freeze well? Thank you!

        1. Beth, I’d keep it in the fridge no more than 24 hours at the very most. I worry it will lose its fresh taste and perhaps start to brown a touch. Definitely keep it in a covered container and perhaps press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface. We didn’t try freezing it although I suspect that would work quite well. If anything it may be just a touch more watery after thawing and gently rewarming, so perhaps go a little light on the liquid when you make it if you intend to toss it in the freezer. Thaw overnight in the fridge and simply warm over low heat.

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