Quick braised lettuce & peas

Quick braised lettuce & peas

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 6
A quick side dish from one of our favourite chefs, Gordon proves that good cooking doesn't have to be complicated

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal73
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.01g
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  • 16 halved pearl onions



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 300g frozen pea
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 Baby Gem lettuces, finely shredded


  1. Cook the pearl onions for 5 mins and the peas for 2 mins in separate pans of boiling water until the onions are soft and the peas are just cooked.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, brown the onions, then add the peas and shredded Baby Gem lettuce. Cook just to heat through lettuce, then season and serve.

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5th Jun, 2017
Delicious. I used spring onions (halved) which I sauteed first, microwaved the peas while that was happening, then bunged the peas in with the shredded lettuce, added a bit of butter, stirred round for a couple of minutes until the lettuce had wilted, seasoned, and that was it! Took minutes, and made a real change. Will definitely be doing it again. I notice in other recipes mint is added, I think that would be good.
30th Mar, 2014
Lovely accompaniment, used shallots instead of pearl onions and 1 tbsp of salted lurpak light instead of oil. Also had the crushed new potatoes too!
22nd Aug, 2012
The addition of 70g of pancetta and a small clove of garlic made this a whole lot better than the basic recipe! I was unable to find pearl onins so used finely chopped shallots instead. Make sure you get good quality lettuce.
8th May, 2012
speedy and tasty, served it with fish so added a squeeze of lemon & it didn't need a separate sauce. Will try it with shredded fennel through it too as an alternative soon.
24th Jan, 2012
I like how you can get so much out of simple ingredients. This is going to be a regular. Thanks Gordon
11th Jan, 2011
I don't really like peas but enjoyed this very much. I cooked the peas in the microwave, used a chopped onion and sauted in oil and butter until soft then added the peas to warm through, then the lettuce. Nice for a change.
30th Oct, 2010
Fantastic. Even lettuce-haters adored it!
15th Apr, 2010
I have done this dish a couple of times, but changed the method. I don't bother pre-cooking the onions & peas, just brown the onions off, add the peas and just a little bit of veggie stock (enough to saute the peas) and then drain any excess liquid once the pease are cooked and bung in the lettuce. Much less washing up!
Frantic Flapjack
3rd Apr, 2009
Superb side dish - great textures and plenty of flavour.
4th Oct, 2008
I have turned to this dish again and again - always produces the goods and everyone loves it - and so simple!


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