Peas with Bacon is a quick side dish and a great way to turn frozen peas into a family favorite!

Green peas have a sweet flavor and pair well with crisp smoky bacon in this recipe.

Green Peas with Bacon in a pan

Peas, Please!

  • Peas are a budget-friendly veggie that keeps well in the freezer!
  • This super easy recipe is a one-pot wonder!
  • No need to thaw the peas, either, this recipe cooks quickly.
  • Add a splash of cream and let it simmer to make a creamy favorite.

Ingredients assembled to make Green Peas with Bacon

Ingredients

PEAS: Choose frozen peas, they are inexpensive and available year-round. Canned peas can be used as well but will need less cook time. Fresh peas will need extra cook time or should be boiled first.

BACON: Any kind of bacon will taste great! Try maple-flavored or peppered bacon for a new flavor. No Bacon?! No problem! Use real bacon bits or even finely diced ham.

Variations

There are so many different ways to prepare green peas with bacon.

VEGETABLES: Make this recipe with green beans.  Add chopped red bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, or small cubes of leftover squash for a pop of color.

BACON: Bacon adds a salty smoky flavor. If you don’t have bacon, use real bacon bits (I like to crisp them in the microwave first) or even chunks of leftover ham.

SAUCE: This dish has a simple buttery sauce but make a creamy version by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of heavy whipping cream.

process of cooking bacon and aromatics

How to Make Green Peas with Bacon

  1. Sauté bacon (per the recipe below) & remove from pan.
  2. Cook onions in the bacon fat.
  3. Add frozen peas & a splash of water. Cook until water is evaporated.
  4. Season & garnish with bacon.

cooked peas with bacon and butter on top

Tips for Perfect Peas

  • Using frozen peas keeps the peas crisp while they cook and saves time from having to thaw them!
  • If using canned peas, be sure to drain and rinse them before adding them to the sauté pan. Skip the water if using canned peas.
  • Save time by using store-bought bacon bits and sautéing the onion in olive oil or butter.

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Green Peas with Bacon

These Green Peas with bacon are an easy & flavorful side dish made with only 4 ingredients!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients  

  • 2 slices raw bacon chopped
  • ¼ cup onion finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 cups frozen green peas
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Add raw bacon to a skillet and cook until browned and crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan, reserving the fat.
  • Add the onion to the bacon fat and cook 3-4 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add frozen peas and 2 tablespoons water. Cover and cook over medium heat until peas are tender, about 4-5 minutes. Remove lid and cook until liquid evaporates.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with crispy bacon.

Notes

  • Using frozen peas keeps the peas crisp while they cook and saves time from having to thaw them!
  • If using canned peas, be sure to drain and rinse them before adding them to the sauté pan. Skip the water if using canned peas.
  • Save time by using store-bought bacon bits and sautéing the onion in olive oil or butter.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 110 | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 559IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. Oh. My. Goodness. The Green Peas with Bacon is absolutely delicious! I made this side dish with some Fried Chicken Wings and 4 Cheese Flavored Rice-a-Roni. This will now be my new go to side dish, and I need to make sure that I always have bacon on hand the next time I make it. Thank you so much for sharing, Miss Holly!5 stars