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Honey Garlic Peas – 5 Minute Side

September 18, 2022

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When I’m prepping for dinner, there’s always that one thing I’m excited to make that gets almost all of my attention and time. The meal hinges around it, and so I really want to nail it. But what of the sides? Having a list of 5-minute side dishes has been so helpful, so I can finish the thing I want to focus on, and whip up a delicious side before the main goes cold.

Honey Garlic Peas - 5-Minute Side | Chris Loves Julia

One of my few 5-minute side dishes that gets cooked, this pea recipe comes together just as quick as any other and with a great, fresh flavor. This side could also just be a jumping off point. So many variations can be made by only adding a few more seconds. One of mine (noted in the recipe below) is to add a couple teaspoons of wasabi powder. Really tasty and goes amazing with steak or beef roast of any kind.

Honey Garlic Peas - 5-Minute Side | Chris Loves Julia

If using frozen peas for this dish, you could thaw them first but you don’t need to. If you go right into the pan with frozen peas, just keep that heat up and toss frequently. It may add a minute or so to the cooking time, but it’ll still turn out great.

Honey Garlic Peas – 5-minute side

Comes together in 5 minutes with amazing flavor. Serve as-is or take a few extra seconds to make it your own.
Course: Side Dish


  • 3 cups green peas shelled, fresh or frozen
  • 1 1/2 tbsp preferred cooking oil I use a mix of bacon fat and olive oil
  • 1/4 cup garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 2 tsp wasabi powder optional


  • Heat a large sauté pan on medium high, adding your cooking oils. Once the oil begins to ripple, add the peas and season with salt and pepper, tossing frequently.
  • After about 2 minutes, add the garlic and toss, cooking for another 1-2 minutes and tossing frequently. Add the honey and wasabi powder if using, toss and remove from heat into a serving bowl.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over top, serve warm.

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  1. Elsie W says:

    I do make this in 5 minutes, using frozen peas and minced onion (from my spice cabinet!). But I love the addition of honey and lemon. I will definitely add next time. Unfortunately, shelling 3 cups fresh peas and chopping 1/4 cup garlic would make this a 1 hour side for me!

  2. Ashlie says:

    1/4 CUP of garlic? Seems like so much! How many cloves is that? This sounds super tasty though!!

  3. Lisa says:

    Really !? 1/4 CUP of garlic?

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