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Southern White Acre Peas
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5 from 3 votes

Southern White Acre Peas

Southern white acre peas are a perfect side dish to serve during the summer when they are at their freshest.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Chula King


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped ham (See Tip 1)
  • 3 cups fresh shelled white acre peas, rinsed and picked over
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups water (See Tip 2)
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Heat olive oil in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion; sauté until tender, about 6-7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds or until fragrant. (See Tip 3)
  • Add the ham; stir to combine. Add the peas kosher salt, pepper and water. If necessary, add more water to cover the peas by at least an inch. Increase heat to high and bring peas to a boil. Reduce the heat to low; simmer the peas uncovered for about 20-25 minutes or until peas are done. (See Tip 4)
  • Correct the seasonings. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve.
  • Yield: 4 servings


  1. For a vegetarian dish, omit the ham.
  2. If necessary, add more water to ensure that the water level was about 1-inch above the peas.
  3. Watch the garlic carefully to make sure that it doesn't burn.
  4. Taste a few to check for seasoning and to see if they are done. If not continue cooking for a few more minutes. The fresher the peas are, and the smaller they are, the less time they will need to cook.


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 401mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 832IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg