How to Make Cauliflower and Peas-Classic Steamed Veggies

Classic cauliflower and peas tossed with butter and fresh dill. Quick, easy and simply delicious.

cauliflower and peas
Fresh sugar snap peas and cauliflower with dill.

I love classic steamed veggies with a pat of butter, fresh herbs and salt and pepper. That’s what this cauliflower and peas recipe is all about. Quick and easy with classic, simple flavor.

Whether you have sugar snap peas or shelling peas, both work beautifully in this recipe.

cauliflower and peas
Fresh shelling peas, dill and cauliflower.

Can You Use Frozen Peas and Cauliflower

Yes! Just be cautious not to over cook the peas or cauliflower. Steam them just until tender from frozen, do not thaw. Here’s what I do:

  1. Place cauliflower in a steam basket or colander in a pot.
  2. Add enough water to cover the bottom about 1″.
  3. Place the lid on the pot, bring to a boil then let steam for 5 minutes.
  4. Add frozen peas and let steam until cauliflower reaches desired texture, another 2-4 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and pour into serving dish, top with butter and herbs.
  6. If fresh dill is not available, try lemon herb or Italian Seasoning.

Cauliflower and Peas Recipe

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Cauliflower and Peas

Classic steamed cauliflower and peas with fresh dill is a quick and easy side dish for any occasion. Colorful and delicious.
Prep : 10 minutes
Cook : 8 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 cups cauliflower cut in bite sized pieces
  • 3 cups washed and trimmed snap peas 2 cups shelled peas
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


  • Place steam basket in pot with enough water to reach the bottom of the basket.
  • Place cauliflower into basket, cover with lid, bring water to boil then steam for 3 minutes.
  • Add peas to cauliflower, cover with lid and steam for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Check peas and cauliflower for desired tenderness, if necessary steam just a touch more, but don’t overcook.
  • Remove from heat and transfer veggies to serving dish.
  • Toss with butter, dill, salt and pepper.
  • Taste and add more seasoning as desired.
  • Serve and enjoy.


This recipe is very flexible. Add more or less cauliflower, peas, butter, dill or other herbs like parsley, green onions or thyme. Use whatever you prefer and have available.
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Steaming veggies like this, tossing with butter and herbs or a simple vinaigrette is very common in my kitchen. Every meal has a side of veggies and they’re often done in this style. While it’s super easy, writing a recipe for it is tough – I usually don’t measure anything. I just use whatever I have in the fridge. The key is to taste and adjust along the way. In fact, that’s a good rule for ALL cooking, don’t rely on just the recipe, always taste and adjust seasonings to your personal preferences.

When I don’t have fresh herbs available, I use my lemon herb seasoning or Italian seasoning to flavor the veggies. They’re both salt free so I’m in total control of how much salt I add.

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What’s your favorite go to method of preparing hot veggies?

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