How to Microwave Frozen Peas

// Perfectly cooked frozen peas made and served in the glass Anyday dish, providing sweet and tender peas. This method ensures evenly cooked peas with no thawing needed, ideal for quick and nutritious side dishes or adding to various recipes.

Prep Time

1 min

Cook Time

3 mins

Free Time

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Frozen peas offer a sweet and bright flavor that's often tastier than their canned counterparts. Fresh peas are ~~~~harvested at their peak, ensuring that you enjoy their natural goodness without compromising freshness. With a vented, steam-trapping Anyday dish, use just a small amount of water to steam peas, preserving all their natural nutrients and vibrant colors without overcooking them. Frozen peas are a perfect way to enhance pasta, eggs, soups, or spreads (and add a nutritious vegetable!). No need to thaw frozen peas before cooking, simply microwave them straight from the freezer.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

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Select your serving size and microwave wattage in the dropdown. The recipe will change accordingly.

1 cup frozen peas

Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.


To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w



The Small Dish


  • 1 cup (120g) frozen peas, keep frozen
  • ¼ teaspoon water


  1. Add the still-frozen peas to the Anyday dish with the water and salt to taste. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes, or until the peas are heated through.
  3. Drain any excess water before serving or storing.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Garlic butter peas: Stir in brown butter and garlic powder to steamed peas for a flavorful and aromatic side dish.
  • Lemon pepper peas: Toss steamed peas with lemon zest and freshly ground black pepper for a zesty and refreshing flavor.
  • Parmesan peas: Toss grated Parmesan cheese over cooked peas for a cheesy twist.
  • Fresh mint peas: Mix peas with finely chopped fresh mint leaves for a bright and refreshing taste.

Recipe notes

  • Frozen peas do not need to be thawed! (This is the ultimate time-saving hack.)
  • If you want to boost the flavor, use a small amount of butter or oil in place of water.
  • Select the wattage on your microwave in our recipe for the most accurate cook time, or use the instructions on the back of the package as guidelines.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match Up: Frozen Peas

See for yourself— microwaving frozen peas is simply faster, start to finish.

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 2-4 mins
Stovetop* 5-8 mins
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)* 10-15 mins
*Includes defrosting time

All You Need to Know About Microwaving Frozen Peas

Can I microwave frozen peas?

Ingredient Cook Time
1 cup frozen peas 3 mins
2 cups frozen peas 4-5 mins
4 cups frozen peas 6-7 mins
6 cups frozen peas 9 mins
8 cups frozen peas 13-14 mins
Cook time calculated for 700w microwave

Yes you can! Simply place the frozen peas in an Anyday dish, add a small amount of water, and cover with the lid. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes until the peas are heated through. This method allows you to enjoy perfectly cooked peas without the need for thawing.

How long does it take to cook frozen peas in the microwave?

The microwave cooking time for frozen peas varies, but a general guideline is 2-3 minutes for 1 cup. Factors like quantity, microwave wattage, and desired texture play a role. For the best results, start with the lower time range and add more time as needed.

Should I thaw the peas before microwaving?

You don’t have to. Instead, you can cook frozen peas directly from the freezer without thawing. Simply place the frozen peas in an Anyday dish, add a small amount of water, and cover with the lid. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes until the peas are heated through. This method allows you to enjoy perfectly cooked peas quickly and conveniently.

Is it safe to consume frozen peas?

Yes, frozen peas are safe, convenient, and nutritious. They are typically frozen shortly after harvest, preserving their freshness and nutritional value. Frozen peas are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making them a healthy addition to meals. Their versatility allows them to be easily incorporated into various dishes.

Are frozen peas better than canned peas?

Yes, frozen peas are often considered superior to canned peas. Frozen at peak freshness, they preserve flavor and nutrients more effectively. Additionally, frozen peas retain a firmer texture and vibrant color compared to canned varieties, making them a preferred choice for many culinary applications. Overall, frozen peas offer convenience without compromising on taste or nutritional value.

How do I know when frozen peas are properly cooked in the microwave?

Frozen peas are properly cooked when they are heated through and tender. To test, sample a small piece for doneness. Remember, microwaves vary, so adjust cooking times as needed to ensure perfectly cooked peas.

How do I store leftover microwaved frozen peas?

Store leftover microwaved frozen peas in the refrigerator in an Anyday dish with the lid on for freshness. They typically stay fresh for 2-3 days. To reheat, simply microwave them in the same Anyday dish you stored them in for a few minutes, checking periodically until they reach the desired temperature. Do not re-freeze cooked frozen peas.

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