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Frozen Carrots and Peas
Looking for a new way to use those frozen peas and carrots without turning them into a pot pie or soup? Keep reading because you’re in for a frozen peas and carrots recipe that is mind-blowing.
Making buttered and peas and carrots using those frozen veggies is a great way to cook up a simple and easy side dish that takes minimal effort and just a few pantry staple ingredients like butter, salt, pepper, and garlic.
While this isn’t some new and inventive dish, it is a classic one. Buttered peas and similar have been around for decades and were very popular side dishes back in the mid-1900s. Over time they became less popular as new dishes were brought to the forefront, but this dish has held strong over the years and remained a go-to for many.
Turning frozen peas and carrots into a simple savory side dish is a great idea. This dish goes with so many main dishes that it can easily fit into a meal plan with little to no notice. Ned a quick recipe or planning a full meal in advance? This recipe is great for either!
Serve your cooked peas and carrots with pork chops, cooked chicken, or a simple pasta dish.
Peas and Carrots Recipe Ingredients
- Peas and carrots: We only need a bag (about 12 ounces) of the frozen peas and carrots mixture.
- Butter: Just 2 tablespoons of butter is enough to help make this dish creamier and savory.
- Garlic: We need to use minced or crushed garlic to help give a great flavor profile to this side dish.
- Salt and Pepper: Using basic and simple spices we can keep this dish easy and quick. We just need a little salt and pepper to help give a savory and well-rounded flavor to the veggies.
- Parsley: You can use fresh or dried parsley to season this dish. If using fresh, save a little for the end to use as garnish. Parsley adds a little something “fresh” to the dish that really helps.
- Water: We just need a little water to help us cook and stem the veggies to life, plus it helps to distribute the flavors.
How to make frozen peas and carrots
- In a medium sized skillet, combine all of your ingredients.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Let the mixture continue to simmer, uncovered, for about 5-8 minutes or until the water is almost completely evaporated.
- Serve warm.
Frozen Carrots and Peas FAQs
While we don’t know the exact date that this dish was created, we do know that it was a very popular side dish around the 1960s. This makes it a wonderful and nostalgic recipe for many. Enjoy!
Absolutely! Veggies, fresh, frozen, or otherwise always contain some goodness for your body. Carrots and peas are a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals as well as being good for your vision and skin.
Nope! Add them to the skillet frozen and save yourself some effort. They’ll thaw as they cook and the dish will turn out wonderfully.
Absolutely! There are many different types of frozen mixed veggies available in your grocery store and you can use almost any of them to make a wonderful buttered side dish. The peas, carrots, and corn combination work great as does the one with lima beans in the batch. While you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly to ensure that all of the veggies have been properly warmed through.
Peas and carrots are partially cooked. They will continue to cook and soften to perfection if you follow this recipe as written.
Since the flavors of peas and carrots are mild, mild herbs pair best. Parsley and mint are good options.
How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat Peas and Carrots
Peas and Carrots can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can be reheated in the microwave. Peas and Carrots can also be reheated in a pan if a small bit of water is added. If you used frozen peas and carrots to make this recipe, they shouldn’t be refrozen. If they have never been frozen before, you can store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
What to Serve with Carrots and Peas
- Easy Beef Stroganoff
- BBQ Beef Sliders
- Swedish Meatballs
- French Dip Sliders
- Skillet Chicken with Lemon Sauce
- Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs
- Creamy Chicken Over Noodles
- Homemade Poppy Seed Chicken
Frozen Peas and Carrots
- 12 ounces peas and carrots frozen, bag weights may vary slightly
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic crushed or minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon parsley fresh or dried
- 1/4 cup water
- Combine all of the ingredients in a medium skillet.
- Bring to a simmer.
- Simmer uncomverd for 5-8 minutes, or until all the water is almost evaporated.