Tarragon Peas with Lemon-Thyme Butter Recipe

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This recipe is an example of how the right combination of herbs can turn an ordinary dish into something extraordinary. Use any leftover butter on grilled fish, chicken and steak.—Katherine White, Clemmons, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups fresh peas
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 139 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the butter, lemon peel, thyme and salt. Shape into a 1-in.-thick log; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring 1/2 in. of water to a boil. Add peas; cover and cook for 5-8 minutes or until tender. Drain. Stir in tarragon and 2 tablespoons lemon-thyme butter.
  3. Rewrap remaining butter; refrigerate for 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tarragon Peas with Lemon-Thyme Butter in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2011, p165

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