15 Fantastic Substitutes For Peas


Are you craving your favorite pea soup but don’t have fresh green peas at hand?

What if I tell you that there are several other varieties of peas and beans that can help you achieve just the right taste?

In this post, I have mentioned 15 of these!

So, let’s find out what these ingredients are.

15 Substitute for Peas

1. Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas have a slightly nutty, earthy, beanie and a highly savory flavor. 

Even though they aren’t as sweet as green peas, they are still a great alternative that fits perfectly into salads, rice dishes, and stews.

Black-eyed peas contain a lot of protein and are a rich source of dietary fiber and iron. So, they’re a healthy substitute.

Try this recipe using Black eyed peas:

2. Lima Beans

Also called wax beans or butter beans, lima beans have a taste similar to potatoes with a buttery texture. 

Their sweet and nutty flavor profile makes them suitable for use in pasta dishes and salads. You can also use them in combination with corn and any other vegetables. 

Here’s how you can make Mediterranean-Style Baked Lima Beans:

3. Frozen Peas

The most commonly available substitute

Frozen peas are the most easily available substitute, and they resemble fresh peas very closely in taste. You can use them in every recipe that calls for fresh peas.

They taste sweet and must not be cooked for more than 5-8 minutes. 

How to Substitute : Take 10 oz of frozen peas for every 1½ cup to 2 cups of fresh peas.

4. Edamame

Edamame beans have a firmer texture than fresh peas, and they contain a buttery flavor in combination with a nutty and sweet taste.

It is a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine and Japanese dishes. So, you can use it along with rice and for making salad dishes.

They contain a significant amount of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein and thus, act as a great alternative in almost any dish that requires peas.

Watch this video for two simple recipes : 

5. Canned Peas

Even though canned peas have a lower nutrition content than fresh peas, they still work pretty well in most recipes.

They have a slightly different taste but can be used in the same way as fresh peas. 

Avoid cooking canned peas for more than 5 minutes. 

How to Substitute

For every 2 cups of fresh peas, take 16 oz of canned peas. 

Here’s how you can Cook Canned Sweet Peas with corn:

6. Crowder Peas

Crowder peas have a sweet plus creamy flavor. They need to be cooked for a longer duration for more and better flavor absorption.

You can use them for making purees, soups, stews, and salads. Their best taste comes out in dishes that contain bell peppers, garlic powder, sweet potatoes, etc.

Make sure you add a good amount of liquid while cooking crowder peas.

Try this recipe to cook Cajun Crowder Peas:

7. Navy Beans

A cholesterol-free substitute 

Navy beans have a similar texture and flavor to peas. They are a highly nutritious, low-fat, and cholesterol-free alternative that provides you with a good supply of protein, iron, and fiber.

Hence, you can incorporate them into baked dishes, soups, salads, stews, and fried vegetables.

Check out this recipe for Turkish Traditional Navy Beans Stew:

8. Fava Beans

Fava beans have a milder and less starchy taste than lima beans.

They have a creamy, nutty, somewhat bitter, earthy, and slightly sweet flavor with traces of a cheese-like taste.

They work best in dishes containing peppers, bread, green vegetables, and ham hocks. 

Here’s how you can cook Fava Beans :

9. Cranberry Peas/ Cranberry Beans

Also called cranberry beans, Cranberry peas have a deliciously sweet and nutty taste with a creamy texture. They are mostly used in Portuguese dishes and Italian cuisines.

To replace fresh or green peas, you can use either dried or fresh cranberry peas.

You can use cranberry beans for making pasta, salad, risotto, baked cranberry beans, Italian brown rice soup, and Pan-Fried Polenta and Beans.

Check out this video to make Olive Oil Braised Cranberry Beans: 

10. Green Beans

You can cook green beans just like green peas.

Right from preparing a healthy bean salad dressing to veggie casseroles and Indian curry, beans work as an excellent pea alternative. 

You can even make crispy bacon, roasted chicken, and bean fries with them.

Try this recipe for Garlic green beans:

11. Pinto Beans

If you’re substituting peas in rice, then Pinto beans are a great option.

They add a nice nutty flavor to rice dishes. Moreover, you can also put them into burritos, stews, soups, dips, ground beef-containing dishes, and turkey.

Check out this video to make Mexican Beans From the Pot using Pinto Beans:

12. Fresh Cranberry Beans 

Fresh cranberry beans are much sweeter than peas. They contain a mild, nutty flavor with a creamy texture. These beans have a beautiful appearance and a delicious taste. 

You can use them in combination with sautéed leafy green vegetables, put them into soups and stews and even serve them as a solo dish with warm tortillas or a loaf of crusty sourdough bread. 

Watch this video to make Bacon & Cranberry Bean Ragout: 

13. Lentil Beans

Lentil beans come in many varieties. Among these, the brown lentils have an earthy taste, the green ones taste peppery and the red lentil beans have a sweet taste.

You can combine them with roasted cauliflower, vegetable salads, soups, chicken dishes, tomatoes, and kale. 

Regardless of what type you use, they work as an excellent peas alternative. However, they require more cooking time and water than peas. 

Try this Lentil Curry Recipe:

14. Purple Hull Peas

Having a similar texture and appearance to black-eyed peas, purple hull peas are more tender and creamier. Their cooking time is the same as green peas.

They are a suitable substitute to use in savory dishes, mainly soups, and stews. They contain plenty of vitamins, minerals, folic acid, proteins, and a minimum quantity of fats which makes them a super-healthy substitute.

Check out this video to make Crock Pot Purple Hull Peas:


Q1. Is Edamame a pea?

Ans. No, edamame beans are soybeans that get harvested before becoming fully mature. 

Q2. What kind of peas are used in Chinese food?

Ans. Mildly flavored snow peas are generally used for making Chinese dishes including stir-fries.

Q3. Which is the ideal substitute for pea in pasta?

Ans.  While making pasta, you can use frozen sweet corn or corn kernels as a pea substitute. However, this will provide you with a much sweeter taste than peas. You can also use broad beans or shelled edamame Beans.

Q4. How do you substitute peas in fried rice?

Ans. You can use lima beans or edamame beans.

Bottom Line 

I hope that the above guide was able to help you find out that perfect pea substitute that you were looking for.

If you think that I are missing out on any other options, then please let us know.

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About Jane Lewis

Jane loves spending time with her family, cooking delicious meals, traveling to explore new cultures and wines, and tending to her backyard garden. She's a passionate home cook who enjoys trying out recipes from all over the world.

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