Creamed Peas and Potatoes

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Creamed Peas and Potatoes are a versatile and classic side dish. This creamy comfort food features crisp, sweet peas and tender potatoes in a delicious white sauce.

A bowl of creamed potatoes and peas next to a spoon and napkin.

Creamed Peas and Potatoes was always a favorite side dish growing up. Our mom would add fresh peas from our garden along with tender chunks of beautiful red potatoes. It’s a terrific dish to serve with baked chicken, turkey, roasted pork, meat loaf or steak. We have even served this for Easter dinner. On multiple occasions. It’s easy to make, very inexpensive, and always a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients in Creamed Peas and Potatoes

It only takes a few simple pantry ingredients to create this delicious, creamy side dish. This is what you need:

  • Red potatoes or baby red potatoes (also called new potatoes)
  • Peas
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Salt and black pepper
Creamy peas and potatoes in a skillet

The Creamy Sauce for Peas and Potatoes

To make the sauce for creamed peas and potatoes, start with a roux made from melted butter and flour. Gradually whisk in the milk (or cream) until you reach the perfect creamy consistency. Season the sauce with salt and pepper for a well-balanced flavor profile. You can also add a pinch of nutmeg or fresh or dried herbs like thyme or parsley. For a cheesy twist, stir in grated Parmesan, cheddar, or Gruyere cheese at the end until melted and smooth.

How To Make Creamed Peas (Only)

If you want to skip the potatoes and make this dish with only peas, it’s easy to do (and delicious).

A wooden spoon with a scoop of creamed peas
Creamed Peas
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Our creamed peas recipe is here to impress with its velvety sauce and smooth flavors. This easy-to-follow recipe will have even your pickiest eaters asking for more!
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Tips and Suggestions For This Recipe

  • Uniform Slicing: Slice the potatoes into even pieces to ensure they cook evenly and maintain a consistent creamy texture.
  • Cooking Technique: Boil the potatoes in salted water until they are fork-tender but not overly mushy. Overcooking can lead to a less desirable texture.
  • Add Cream or Milk: Use whole milk, half and half or cream to create a rich and creamy base for the dish.
  • Seasoning: Season the dish with salt, pepper, and any other preferred herbs and spices. Garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, or parsley are excellent choices.
  • Creamy Sauce Enhancements: Consider adding grated cheese, such as cheddar or Parmesan, to the sauce for an extra layer of creaminess and flavor. You can even add some Gruyere or a few tablespoons of cream cheese.
  • Pea Selection: Fresh, garden peas are divine in this recipe but you can easily use frozen peas too. They’re crisp, vibrant and so yummy!
  • Blanch Fresh Peas: If you’re using fresh peas, be sure to blanch them first. To blanch the peas, boil them for 90 seconds in rapidly boiling water. Immediately add the peas to the recipe, or cool them for later use by placing them in an ice bath until cooled.
  • Gentle Mixing: Stir the peas into the creamy potatoes gently to avoid mashing the potatoes and maintain their smooth texture.
  • Pearl Onion Addition: I have made this recipe several times with pearl onions for a little added flavor. Sometimes my kids don’t love the onions, but because they are big and easy to see, they just brush the onions to the side. To add onion, you can just get a small bag of frozen pearl onions and boil them for 5 minutes (or according to package instructions). Add the cooked onions when you add the potatoes in the recipe.
  • Make it a Meal: To make this side dish more of a main dish, add diced ham or cooked bacon bits.
  • Potluck Prep: This recipe is easy to adjust for crowds if you need a side dish for a pot luck. It also makes yummy leftovers!
A bowl of creamed peas with potatoes

Heath Benefits of Peas and Potatoes

Peas and potatoes actually have tremendous health benefits! Peas are a good source of vitamin K, manganese, fiber, vitamins B1, B6, B2, and vitamin C. There are many good reasons your mother told you to eat your peas! Peas are low in calories, low in fat, high in fiber, and high in protein. And potatoes! They have more potassium than a banana. Because potatoes are high in fiber, the help lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease. Potatoes are also high in vitamin C and vitamin B6. You can feel great about preparing this healthy dish for your family!

A close up view of creamy potatoes and peas in a bowl.

Great For Kids And Babies

Creamed peas and potatoes are a perfect dish for kids of all ages. It’s so easy to mash up if you have a child who prefers mashed potatoes. It can also easily be pureed to make terrific baby food (just remove the potato skins).

Frequently Asked Questions about Creamed Peas

Are creamed peas good for you?

Peas are high in protein and fiber making them a healthy side dish choice.

Can I use cream instead of milk?

Absolutely! It will be a lot thicker so you can cut down the flour by at least half if you do this. You can also JUST use heavy cream if you would rather, it will just be a little thinner and not a “gravy” consistency.

What kind of potato is best for creamed peas and potatoes?

We like to use red potatoes but you can use new potatoes, gem potatoes, baby potatoes, or any waxy potato such as Yukon Gold. I would not recommend Russet potatoes for this recipe. Russets don’t boil well and get mushy easier.

How can I make this recipe gluten-free?

To make a GF-version of this recipe, you can add butter and milk to the pan first and heat to a simmer. Make a slurry with cornstarch and water (about 2-3 Tablespoons of each) and whisk into the milk mixture a little at a time until thickened.

Can I make this ahead of time?

This recipe is best served fresh. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To re-heat, add a little extra milk and heat over medium-low heat in a skillet until heated through.

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More Potato Side Dishes

I tend to get in a rut of turning to baked potatoes or mashed potatoes as a side dish. Potatoes are so versatile and go well with many vegetables. Here are a few of our favorites:

How to Make Creamed Peas and Potatoes

A bowl of creamed potatoes and peas next to a spoon and napkin.

Creamed Peas and Potatoes

4.92 from 48 votes
Creamed Peas and Potatoes are a versatile side dish with vibrant crisp peas and tender potatoes. Creamy comfort food at its finest!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4



  • 6-8 red potatoes
  • 3-4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups fresh or frozen peas (if using fresh peas, see recipe notes)


  • In a large pot, boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender, approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your potato cubes. You don't want them overdone or they will get mushy. Drain and set aside.
    Diced red potatoes on a cutting board next to a package of frozen peas
  • In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
    Butter being melted in a skillet
  • Slowly add flour, stirring, until mixture becomes doughy (you may not need all the flour).
    A roux being formed out of melted butter and flour in a skillet
  • Slowly add milk, whisking constantly until mixture becomes smooth and creamy. You want it to be a gravy consistency. Add more milk if it seems too thick. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
    A creamy sauce being made in a skillet with a whisk
  • Add peas and bring to a slight simmer.
    Peas being stirred into cream sauce in a skillet.
  • Carefully stir potatoes into creamy mixture until potatoes are covered.
    Creamy peas and potatoes in a skillet
  • Pour creamed peas and potatoes into a serving dish to serve.
    A bowl of creamed peas with potatoes


How to Blanch Fresh Peas

If using fresh peas, follow these steps to blanch the peas before using them in this recipe:
  1. Prepare a pot of boiling water. 
  2. Shell the fresh peas while waiting for water to boil.
  3. Add peas to boiling water and boil for 90 seconds.
  4. Remove peas from boiling water and add them to the cream sauce in this recipe (step 5). If preparing the peas ahead, cool the peas by plunging them in a bowl of ice water. Drain and keep refrigerated until ready to use. After peas are drained and dried, they can also be frozen for later use.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 394kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 11gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 161mgPotassium: 1623mgFiber: 7gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 660IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 3.2mg

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      1. 4 stars
        The recipe is good but a little bland. I added chopped onions and colby jack cheese. We Love cheese so that was just our preference.

    1. I’m not sure I understand. This is the recipe we have always had on our site. Please let us know what you are looking for. Thank you!

  1. 5 stars
    My dad always grew a garden. He planted his new potatoes by Good Friday so he could have new potatoes and peas by the 4th of July.
    Mom always made the best white sauce. So when I bought new potatoes and peas at the farmers market specifically to make on the 4th with smoked ribs, I was delighted to find your recipe online! I added onion to the butter before adding the flour, because onion makes everything better.
    They turned out perfect, just the way my mom always made them!

    1. I’m going to try the onion..I bet it’s a real game changer! (Even though I believe this recipe is probably wonderful already!)

  2. 5 stars
    I used regular potatoes but harvested the peas from my garden. My husband and I both enjoyed this recipe! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Couldnt wait for Easter, made them today! It was wonderful! We are pea and potato eaters
    so this is a keeper!!!

  4. 5 stars
    This was such a delicious and very comforting dish! Absolutely loved here and was gone so fast. I’m excited to be remaking this soon!

  5. 5 stars
    Tasted just like I remember my mom’s tasting when I was a little girl! My husband said it is his new favorite side dish. 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is so delicious and very tasty! My hubby and I loved these creamed peas and potatoes! Such a great recipe. Making this again!

  7. I liked the recipe, but I didn’t love it. Maybe it was because my sauce with the peas got too thick even though I added more milk to try to thin it out. I will say that the longer the sauce with the peas sits with the starchy potatoes it becomes thicker anyway because the potatoes absorb all the liquid. Do not add the sauce with the peas into the potatoes until you’re absolutely ready to serve it.

    1. Thank you for the suggestion I’m making it now and was going to prepare it a little early and warm it up in the oven but I’m glad I didn’t as I didn’t want all the liquid to get absorbed into the potatoes thanks for the advice.

      1. I have made this recipe before with & without potatoes. Reminds me of my great grandma’s when i was little. But she ALWAYS used canned peas. So i did. & dang it is almost exactly like hers. But wondering….If I make with only peas can I make only with peas can I make ahead of time & reheat in a crock pot? Or should I reheat in a pan on stove & transfer to crock pot to keep warm?

        1. I think you should be able to reheat it either of those ways, however sometimes peas shrivel a little when they are heated and reheated. That would be my only concern.

        2. 5 stars
          We had this for New Year’s Eve. It was so good we’re having it again tomorrow night. I did add a few sprinkles of parmesan cheese. Loved it. First time I ever made this, but always wanted to.

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