When fresh peas are in the market in early spring, it’s cause for celebration. But they must be fresh. A starchy pea is no good at all, and you may as well buy them frozen. Choose bright green peas with squeaky, firm pods. Do not buy them if they’re yellowed or wilted. All these delicious peas need is a quick sauté in butter and a little fresh mint, salt, and pepper. Even if you only have a pot on a terrace, try growing some fresh mint for dishes like these, and for fresh mint tea.
- Yield: 6 Servings
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1½ lb (680 g) green peas in the pods, shucked
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium sauté pan until just foaming.
- Add the peas and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, or until just cooked through but not soft. Stir in the mint and salt and pepper to taste. Serve at once.