Make Ahead

Pickled Peas

April 14, 2010
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

It should go like this: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peas;
A peck of pickled peas Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peas,
Where's the peck of pickled peas Peter Piper picked? And the answer would they are! - Kitchen Butterfly —Kitchen Butterfly

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: KitchenButterfly is a food blogger and photographer who lives in Nigeria.
WHAT: Spring peas, jazzed up.
HOW: After a quick saute, the peas are left in a bath of vinegars, salt, garlic, mint, and chile overnight.
WHY WE LOVE IT: These have just the right combination of sweet and sour; the peas' sweetness plays off the tartness of the vinegars and the garlic and chile add lots of flavor and heat. They'd lend great bites of flavor to a simple salad or make an easy snack. Plus, they're easy (peasy) to make! —The Editors

  • Serves 2
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable/peanut oil
  • 1 cup shelled peas, rinsed and well drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon (sea) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mint
  • 2 tablespoons White wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed
  • 1-2 red chilies, chopped and deseeded (if you like)
In This Recipe
  1. In a pan, heat up the oil and add the peas. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes till the peas change colour and brighten. Turn off heat.
  2. Add the dried mint and a pinch of salt to taste, followed by the vinegars, sugar, garlic and chopped red chilies
  3. Stir well so all the ingredients are well mixed. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Pour in a clean jar and leave overnight for the flavours to blend and marry.
  5. Serve on a bed of lettuce with tomatoes and oven-fresh/bakery fresh bread!

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For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen! Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety. Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!