Irish "matter of Fact Peas" (Mushy Peas)

Total Time
8hrs 20mins
Prep 8 hrs
Cook 20 mins

You can also buy these peas canned but they are quite expensive and are so easy to make. These peas are also common in England as Pub Fare. I love them served with good Bangers (sausages) and a green saladWhat we call Baking soda in Canada is known elsewhere as bicarbonate of soda.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the peas in a bowl, add baking soda, pour on the boiling water and soak overnight.
  2. Next day drain and barely cover the peas with water, bring to a boil and simmer until tender and soft apprx 15-20 minutes, drain.
  3. Add salt pepper pinch of sugar and the butter, stir and serve.


Most Helpful

Awesome. Simply awesome. Exactly like the Highland Games.... I love this recipie just as is. My family's reactions: my wife (Norwegian) made a face; so did my daughter. However, my son suggested just a tad more sugar and he'd be happy (go figure.) Such a good Celtic lad.... I score this a win.

Flan the Scot May 12, 2003

My husband is a transplanted Yorkshireman and has been craving Mushy Peas for years. I tried this recently when my in-laws were visiting and all three gave it full marks for being spot on even though I left out the pepper and butter and I cooked it much longer than the recipe states to get the right consistency. They compared it to Batchelor's brand (though not quite as neon green). Make sure you soak the peas for the full 24 hours - it does make a difference.

Lisa Mettam February 26, 2014

oh thank you!as a brit living in canada i really missed mushy peas,thanks again for posting!!

michelle jadaa May 13, 2003

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