Grilled English Peas

Fresh English peas, in their pods, slathered with olive oil, sprinkled with salt, and grilled. Eat like edamame.

Look for young, fresh peas to grill. If the peas are too old, they will take too long to cook on the grill.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Fresh English or shell peas, in their pods
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • A few fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced (optional)

Method

1 Prepare your grill for high, direct heat.

2 Place a handful of peas into a bowl and drizzle olive oil over them. Sprinkle generously with kosher salt. Toss to coat with oil and salt.

3 Place peas on hot grill, arranged in a way so that they don't fall through the grill grates. Grill a few minutes on each side, so that the peas are well charred, and sufficiently cooked so that the peas are tender inside.

4 Remove to a bowl and drizzle with a little balsamic and toss with a little mint if you want.

Eat like edamame. Plop the pod in your mouth and scrape against the salty, charred surface of the pod to extract the peas. Discard the empty pods.

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Comments

  1. CBiggs

    Nice!

    Or you can just eat them fresh if you get them soon after they are picked. If so, they taste like candy!

  2. Nancy Singleton Hachisu

    Elise,

    This is so timely…I’ve been wondering how to address the whole “fresh” vs “frozen” edamame issue. No need. Substitute green peas. I completely am in love with this idea (after feeling a bit disheartened by the availability in the U.S. of excellent versions of some of our most special Japanese ingredients that involve soybeans (edamame, tofu, usuage, natto….).

    Thank you, thank you.

  3. Lulu

    I’ll definitely be trying these. My boyfriend has a small back yard and we have become a couple of grilling fools. Nothing could be a bigger treat for an apartment-dweller like me! Never thought of grilling peas, but we’ll definitely give this a try! Thanks!

  4. d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo

    My farmer’s market had English peas this weekend and I was looking for something to do with them. My best friend gave me a container to grill veggies for my birthday so this would be so perfect!

  5. Diana

    Fantastic idea! I’ve never thought of grilling peas before (or edamame, for that matter). But hey, summer’s just starting!

  6. Jane

    Would this work with snowpeas? You could eat the whole pod.

    Sure, I’m guessing you could grill snow peas, very quickly, on very high heat. I usually just eat them raw, they’re so delicate. You might have to use a grill basket, because otherwise they could easily slip beneath the grill grates. ~Elise

  7. 0janani0

    wow… i’ve never thought of eating edamame whole. we make a similar version with drumstick. we boil and cook it in a tamarind based sauce. it’s eaten exactly the same way you describe above. i wonder if i can cook drumstick this way too.

  8. angela

    I love edamame, and here in Provence they’re hard to come by, so I love the pea alternative and they’re in season now, so I’m off to the market toute suite!

  9. mountain lion

    Or why not use sugar snap peas and eat the whole thing? Sugar snaps have edible pods and they are sweet to boot.

  10. Gary

    Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. I like to grill aubergines and peppers mainly but I can’t wait to try these.

  11. Paula

    Yum! I love fresh peas in their pods, and this sounds like a fun and novel recipe. I’m in the tiny minority of the U.S. population that doesn’t own a grill. Do you think this would work for roasting, like with other roasted vegetables?

    You could try it. I think a big part of the flavor here comes from the smoke from the grill though. ~Elise

  12. Kathi

    This was a great idea. I was roasting veggies on the grill anyway and wondering what to do with the peas I had in the fridge. I threw them in with the rest. Theye were a great addition to the peppers and aparagus.

  13. Yana

    I’m part of the US population that doesn’t own a grill and roasted these in the oven instead. I’m a huge fan of your roasted brussels sprouts recipe (as well as some of your other roasted veggie recipes), so I thought I’d give this a go in a similar fashion. The result didn’t quite work for me – I actually like raw veggies, so they have to come out significantly better cooked for me to appreciate cooking them, and, in this case, I was kind of bummed by not being able to eat the crunchy roasted shell…however, my husband loved them and he’s super picky about his veggies (especially peas) and has little interest in edamame.