Au Gratin Creamed Peas

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Try this southern comfort food favorite, au gratin creamed peas! Fresh peas baked in a creamy sauce and topped with a thick layer of cheese and seasoned bread crumbs. For more great sides like this one see my Side Dish page.

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When I was young, creamed peas were a side dish staple that you could find served along with fried chicken or other comfort food dishes. I fell in love with this sweet creamy dish as a child. Nowadays it seems to be a rarity to find it on many restaurant menus.

Creamed peas are basically sweet peas in a white sauce or bechamel sauce. Sounds simple enough. Well, that was until I tried the au gratin peas at Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse. Their sweet peas are baked and topped with a layer of cheddar cheese. Yes please and keep them coming!

Au Gratin Creamed Peas

That’s when I went on a quest to find the recipe! The one that came the closest, in my opinion, is Emeril’s Sweet Peas Au Gratin. I think it is because of the addition of his own seasoning mix Emeril’s Original Essence. I did, however, make this delicious recipe a little less glamorous. Here is my version of his dish. Enjoy!

MAKE AHEAD: Place single servings in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. 
FREEZER: Place in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in a microwave or in the refrigerator overnight. Bake on 350 for 25 minutes or microwave for 2-3 minutes on high until done.

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Au Gratin Creamed Peas

Creamed peas smothered in cheese with a crumb crust
4.12 from 27 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 306 kcal


  • 2 tbsp butter + 1 tsp butter
  • 1 cup onions minced
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 16 oz bag organic frozen sweet peas thawed
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ tsp Emerili’s Original Essence
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • salt & pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9×9 baking dish with the 1 teaspoon of butter and set aside.
  • In a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of the butter.
  • Add the onions and season them lightly with salt and pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly to make a paste.
  • Slowly stir in the milk and whisk to blend the mixture. Bring to a bubbling simmer.
  • Cook the flour mixture for 4 to 8 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  • Add in the peas, salt & pepper to taste, stir to blend and pour into the 9×9 dish.
  • In a small bowl mix the Emeri’s Essence with the breadcrumbs, then sprinkle them over the peas. Top breadcrumbs with the shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25minutes.


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 306kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 17gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 319mgPotassium: 404mgSugar: 10gCalcium: 403mgIron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by a nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Values may vary depending on the brand of foods used.

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  1. Lisa Arnold says:

    Absolutely delicious! I have made this multiple times and it always gets rave reviews!

  2. Forgive me I confuse easily, are there “two” creamy au gratin English Pea recipes on this page.. if so, which one do you recommend that we use? Thank you SO much:))

  3. Hi Kim, this would fit perfectly in Food on Friday: August under the peas & beans theme. Hope you bring it on over to share with everybody. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

    1. Thanks for the invite Carole! I linked it up.

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