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three bowls of mushy peas

How to Make Delicious Mushy Peas

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x


Learn how to make this traditional English and Irish side dish for fish and chips or a meat pie.  This delicious and healthy vegetarian dish can be customized to your taste with mint, cream, or lemon juice.


  • 4 cups green split peas (2 lb or 907g)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • 8 cups water (1.9 liters)
  • 5 1/2 cups filtered water (1.3 liters)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt

For Serving (Optional)

  • 5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • salted butter
  • fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • mint sauce
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Place the dried split peas in a large Dutch oven and sprinkle the baking soda on top.
  2. Boil the 8 cups of water and pour it into the pot.  Stir to combine, then cover and let sit at room temperature for about 12 hours.
  3. Drain them in a large colander, making sure to rinse them thoroughly to remove the baking soda.  Return them to the Dutch oven and cover them with filtered water (about 5 1/2 cups).  Stir in the salt and cover.
  4. Set the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, then turn down the heat to low.  Let them simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are thick and mushy.  Skim off any foam and be careful not to overcook, or they will not be as chunky.
  5. If you're serving them with fish and chips, stir in the cream and salted butter.  For a minty version, add the mint sauce to taste and fresh chopped mint leaves.  For a tangy version, add freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste.


  • In a hurry?  Use frozen green ones instead of the dried ones and use less water.
  • For a thicker version, use less water and cook for less time.
  • Serve with lemon juice, cream, mint sauce, and butter.
  • Freeze leftovers in a zip-top bag or airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: mushy peas