It’s pea season! My local farmers market has been packed full of fresh shelling peas! Seeing the peas reminded me of a dish I had at a restaurant in Barcelona. It was a pea purée soup garnished with a few fresh peas. I loved the slightly crunchy texture of the fresh peas. It left the soup bursting with fresh pea flavor!

Although I would love to try to replicate the soup, it was the pea flavor that I was missing most. I opted for a much less labor intensive dish: steamed peas finished with butter, salt, and pepper. Simple and fresh ingredients make the best tasting kind of food. This vegetable dish celebrates the pure flavor of the pea! What could be better?!

The most time consuming part is shelling the peas. I recommend sitting outside with a glass of wine! This makes the monotonous task quite relaxing!

Fresh Shelling Pea Recipe


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh shelling peas
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Shell the peas by pulling the stem downward so that it rips out the side seam of the pod. Once the stem and seam are removed, the pod will open and you can remove the peas.
  2. Steam the peas for 12-15 minutes or until tender. Transfer to serving bowl and stir in butter, salt, and pepper.

Serves 4