Fresh peas and shiitake cooked to perfection in a buttery ginger sauce. This is an incredible side dish that even the kids will devour! This simple ginger peas recipe is quick and easy to make and goes with most main meals.

A close up of a bowl of ginger peas with shiitake mushrooms.

Any side dish with peas is worth a try in my book because my kids love them. Given their reaction to this new peas recipe, this simple, kid-friendly side is a winner! I love that Trader Joe’s sells bags of shucked English peas. It isn’t that I mind shucking peas, but that can take forever, so this makes it so much easier!

If you are new to gluten free, you will want to read my guide to gluten free living for many tips to help those new to gluten free.

Why everyone loves this side dish recipe:

  1. This homemade peas side dish recipe is great because you make it with few ingredients. You can make lots of substitutions, so you don’t have to worry if you are missing something.
  2. Best of all, everyone loves the flavor! Best of all, it is ready in about 12 minutes!
  3. The word ginger in the title may make you wonder about this recipe, but trust me, it has a mild flavor, and even my picky eater doesn’t mind the flavor of using this spice.

If you love quick and easy side dish recipes, you will also want to try this brown sugar cinnamon carrots recipe.

Ginger peas ingredients on the counter.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Fresh peas – you can also use frozen peas, but I do not recommend canned peas.
  • Shiitake mushrooms are optional but taste so good with the fresh ginger.
  • Fresh ginger – if you can’t find it, you can use powdered.
  • Salt
  • Butter or non-dairy butter depends on whether you want this to be dairy-free.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Shiitake cooking in a pan.

Step 1: Add butter to a pan and set to medium heat. Add in the sliced shiitake mushrooms and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.

Peas and shiitake cooking together in a pan.

Step 2: Use a grater to grate the fresh ginger into the frying pan. Add in the peas, salt, and water. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes until the peas are soft. Serve hot with your main meal.

Easy Substitutions:

If you don’t have some of the ingredients on hand, here are some easy substitutions you can try:

  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Diced sweet potatoes
  • Onion

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you use ground ginger?

In a pinch, you can use ground ginger. I would use 1/4 teaspoon.

Can you use garlic powder?

You can easily use garlic powder, but I would use 1/4 teaspoon or less as it is often potent.

How do you store leftover cooked peas?

These peas will keep fresh for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Store in an airtight container.

Can you make this dish ahead?

This dish cooks in about 15 minutes, so there isn’t much you can do to make it ahead. If you use un-shucked pea pods, you could easily shuck the peas ahead of time.

Can you use frozen peas?

You can definitely use frozen peas. If you do, omit the water because the frozen peas will make enough water.

If you enjoy peas, you will also want to try this Field Peas recipe.

The top view of a large bowl of ginger peas.

Your family may also love this Field Peas recipe.

Meals to Serve With Peas:

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A close up of a bowl of ginger peas with shiitake mushrooms.

Kid-Friendly Ginger Peas

Sandi Gaertner
A delicious homemade ginger peas and shiitake mushroom recipe. It makes an incredible kid-friendly side dish for any meal.
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Gluten Free Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 77 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups fresh peas *see note
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • cup shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter or vegan butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste


  • If your peas are still in their pods, you will need to shuck them first.
  • Add the butter and mushrooms to a large skillet and cook on medium heat for 4 minutes.
  • Add the peas and the rest of the ingredients Bring to a boil, about 3 minutes
  • Cover and turn the heat to simmer for another 8 minutes. Serve hot.


  1. You can use fresh or frozen peas for this recipe. I do not advise using canned peas as they are salted and somewhat mushy.
  2. Use butter, vegan butter, or any light oil but I would skip any strongly flavored oils like coconut.
  3. If you do not have fresh ginger on-hand, you can substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger.
  4. This peas side dish will keep up to 4 days in an airtight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 77kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 176mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 503IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    We had this for dinner tonight as a side dish with turkey and it was amazing! We loved the flavours. I had never tried ginger with peas before – what a great combination!