Overcome your childhood fear of canned peas.

garlic spring peas with leeks

When my mom would open up a can of peas, I would scream hysterically and run for cover. Ok, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but I think you can relate. I remember canned peas being so…well, bland. They weren’t good at all.

But, then I discovered the world of spring peas. And, yes, there is a difference.

Spring peas are sweet, and when cooked properly, have a slight crunch. They pop when you bite into them. So now, instead of cringing at the mere mention of peas, I ‘ve developed a taste for spring peas and eat them often. However, I still don’t do canned peas.

Garlic Spring Peas with Leeks

3 cups water
1 pound fresh or frozen spring peas
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped leeks (light green and white parts only)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

On stovetop, heat water in medium saucepan to boiling. Place peas in boiling water, and cover. Bring to a second boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 6-8 minutes. While peas are cooking, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and garlic, and cook 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Drain peas, and stir in leeks, salt, and pepper.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

Recipe Notes

  • To use leeks, trim off root end and dark green portion, and discard. Cut leek down the middle and then slice into pieces of desired width. Place leek pieces in a colander or large bowl, and rinse under cold water. Use your hand to separate pieces to remove any traces of dirt. Let leeks drain, or place on a paper towel to dry.
  • Use chopped onion instead of leeks.
  • Add basil or oregano.
  • You can also lightly steam the peas instead of boiling them.


  1. wow this was YUM! I used red onion instead of leek, but I agree, this recipe is enough to make me eat peas for LIFE! My only fault is that I didnt cook them long enough. Otherwise nice simple fresh tasty peas!

  2. Thanks for your comment! I just had these the other day myself. 🙂 Yum is RIGHT!

  3. In this recipe, you do not tell us how to clean the leeks. You did not tell us to add the pepper, so I assume its at the end after the salt. Leeks are very dirty, and need to be washed first. But di we cut them first or what?

    • Yes, you wash the leeks before using, as you would with any fresh produce. I’ve added comments in the recipe notes to make the process of cutting the leeks a little more clear. Thanks for your comments!

  4. I’m not sure if this is the right place to share my testimony .. However I joined the fast Janurary 2014. I ‘ve been praying for my son deliverance for awhile.. during this fast the LORD met me! I ‘m grateful to say he has been delivered !!! Praise GOD.. Not only has his. Soul been delivered… He was bless with a job!!! Glory to the most high GOD. I pray someone will be encourage by GOD faithfuness to his children. Thank you Kristen for faithfully leading a fast each year.. May GOD continue to bless you richly!

    • What a wonderful testimony of God’s provision! Thank you for sharing. I appreciate your comments and kind words about the fast. May God continue to work in your life as you press on to know Him!