Creamed Peas with Canned Peas Recipe - These Old Cookbooks (2024)

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Creamed Peas using Canned Peas may not be fancy, but it’s fast, economical, easy, and my kids love them. All it takes is a can of green peas, butter, flour, milk, salt and pepper.

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Creamed Canned Peas Recipe

This easy version of creamed peas is very quick to add to your dinner table, and it only has 4 ingredients plus salt and pepper.If you follow our blog, you’ll know that recipes with few ingredients rank high on our list.Keep a can of peas in the cabinet, and you can whip these up as a side dish for any meal.

I’ll have to give credit to Mom for this creamed canned peas recipe. Even though I don’t remember her making this for us as kids, it’s one that she’s picked up over the years. She made sure to share her recipe with me after I published my Old Fashioned Creamed Peas recipe that uses fresh peas.

Canned Peas Recipe

My approach to feeding my young kids is to have a meat or entrée, a fruit and a vegetable for every meal. You know how picky kids can be.

I know that some vegetables my kids will gobble up and some they won’t. I find expected these easy creamed peas with canned peas would fall on the second spectrum but much to my surprise, they ate them with enthusiasm. I’m going to see if they enjoy this Creamed Spinach just as much.

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How to Make Easy Creamed Peas with Canned Peas

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Heat undrained sweet peas in a saucepan on the stove top over medium heat.
  2. In a second small saucepan, melt butter; add flour and whisk for 30 seconds.
  3. To the butter and flour, add milk, stirring until thickened.
  4. Add milk mixture to the peas and simmer until the desired consistency.
  5. Season with salt and black pepper.

Storage Instructions

Let leftovers cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.

For the full recipe for Southern Creamed Peas, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Creamed Peas Using Canned Peas Ingredients

  • Undrained Canned Green Peas
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How do you make canned peas taste better?

Creaming canned peas results in a buttery flavor that kids and adults love. Also, be sure to season the canned peas properly with salt and pepper.

How do you thicken peas?

Thickening peas is easy. When using canned peas, do not drain away the liquid in the can; pour it all into a small saucepan and warm. Make a roux out of melted butter and flour. Heat it while stirring over low heat. Add milk and warm until a thick mixture forms. Add the thicken roux to the warmed peas and stir until the peas thicken and become creamy.

What can I add to creamed peas?

Try changing up basic creamed peas by making some additions including pearl onions, baby potatoes, diced carrots, corn, sautéed mushrooms, fried bacon pieces, dill or more.

Recipe FAQs

  • This is Mom’s version of creamed canned peas. While it uses canned peas, I also love my other version that uses frozen peas. You can find that recipe here.
  • Be sure to leave the peas undrained; you’ll need the juice for the recipe.
  • I use two small saucepans for this recipe, while my mom uses a skillet instead. You can use whatever is readily available.
  • This makes enough for 2-4 people, so double or triple up the recipe if needed.
  • Be sure to season with salt and black pepper.
  • Love peas? Try our Bacon Pea Salad, Old Fashioned Pea Salad, Crunchy Ranch Pea Salad and Creamy Dill Pea Salad.
  • Enjoy creamed vegetables? Try our Creamed Spinach and Crock Pot Cheesy Creamed Corn.
  • Check out our Amazon store for our favorite kitchen and pantry items.
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What can I add to canned peas for flavor?

  • Butter
  • Garlic or garlic powder
  • Onions or onion powder (or pearl onions)
  • Fresh chives
  • Bacon
  • Cubed Ham
  • Hot Sauce or Siracha
  • Worcestershire Sauce

Are canned peas the same as frozen peas?

No, there are several differences between canned peas and frozen peas. First off, the canning process cooks the peas resulting in a softer texture. Frozen peas are flash frozen after a quick blanching process resulting in a firmer texture.

Canned peas also contain sodium, while frozen peas do not. Lastly, the color of the peas are very different with frozen having a bright green color and canned having a dull green color.

Our Favorite Pea Recipes

Love peas? You are in luck as we have lots of recipes featuring this vegetable, including several versions of pea salads. Try our Bacon Pea Salad, Old Fashioned Pea Salad, Crunchy Ranch Pea Salad and Creamy Dill Pea Salad. Our friend has a great layered pasta salad with peas recipe.

We haven’t stopped at pea salads. Check out our other recipes either featuring peas or have peas as an ingredient.

Old-Fashioned Creamed Peas

Creamed Peas with New Potatoes

Rice Pilaf with Peas

Old Fashioned Pea Salad

Mom’s Tuna Casserole Topped with Potato Chips (with Peas)

Easy Hamburger Vegetable Soup with V-8 Juice (with Mixed Vegetables)

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Creamed Peas with Canned Peas

Creamed Peas using Canned Peas may not be fancy, but it's fast, economical, easy, and my kids love them. All it takes is a can of green peas, butter, flour, milk, salt and pepper.

Prep Time5 minutes mins

Cook Time5 minutes mins

Total Time10 minutes mins

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: creamed peas, Creamed Peas using Canned Peas, Creamed Peas with Canned Peas, Easy Creamed Peas

Servings: 4 people

Calories: 135kcal

Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces canned peas, do not drain
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat undrained peas in a small saucepan.

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  • In a second small saucepan; melt butter. Add flour and whisk for 30 seconds.

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  • Add milk to the butter mixture, stirring over medium heat until thickened.

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  • Pour the mixture into the peas, and continue to cook until thickened to your desired consistency. Add salt and black pepper, and stir before serving.

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Notes

  • This is Mom’s version of creamed peas. While it uses canned peas, I also love my other version that uses frozen peas. You can find that recipe here.
  • Be sure to leave the peas undrained; you’ll need the juice for the recipe.
  • I use two small saucepans for this recipe, while my mom uses a skillet instead. You can use whatever is readily available.
  • This makes enough for 2-4 people, so double or triple up the recipe if needed.
  • Be sure to season with salt and black pepper.
  • Love peas? Try our Bacon Pea Salad, Old Fashioned Pea Salad, Crunchy Ranch Pea Salad and Creamy Dill Pea Salad.
  • The nutritional information below is auto-calculated and can vary depending on the products used. It should not be use for specific dietary needs.

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1825IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg

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