Fresh Peas with Lettuce and a Sous Vide Egg

I am absolutely loving our CSA so far. It’s been fun learning how to cook new-to-me veggies, and I love the surprise of it all. The only thing I haven’t been quite as excited about is the amount of lettuce we often get.

It might sound kind of weird, but Matt and I hardly ever buy lettuce. I guess we’re not big salad people. Luckily, this recipe for cooked lettuce has changed my mind.

Fresh Peas with Lettuce and a Sous Vide Egg

It combines cooked lettuce with fresh peas, green garlic, and plenty of butter. Honestly, the concept of lettuce cooked in butter had me hooked enough that we’ve been making it without green garlic and often substituting frozen for fresh peas, and it’s still perfectly delicious.

Fresh Peas with Lettuce and a Sous Vide Egg

Last week, we had the fresh peas but no green garlic, so we used a couple cloves of regular garlic instead. We also added a sous vide egg on top, which elevated it from side dish to main meal (especially with a crisp glass of rose).

We’ve been making this at least once a week since our CSA started. Now, I’m actually a little bummed that we’ve been getting less lettuce every week!

Fresh Peas with Lettuce and a Sous Vide Egg

Yield: 2 large servings, or 4 small servings

Fresh Peas with Lettuce and a Sous Vide Egg

Adapted from Cooking in the Moment via Serious Eats


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 small stalks green garlic or 2 cloves regular garlic, thinly sliced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen green peas (defrosted)
  • 2 small heads butter or red oakleaf lettuce, washed and torn into pieces
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-4 eggs (one per serving), sous vide, fried, or poached (optional)


  • Melt two tablespoons of the butter in a large pan over medium-low heat. Add the green garlic or regular garlic with a pinch of salt and cook until softened but not browned.
  • Add the peas. If fresh, cook for 3-5 minutes until just tender. If frozen, cook until just heated through.
  • Turn up the heat to medium-high and stir in the lettuce and the remaining butter. Cook for a few minutes, until the lettuce just wilts. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Top each serving with a sous vide, fried egg, or poached egg, if desired.

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  • Meghan

    I love cooked lettuce, and this looks amazing. I really need to join a CSA. It seems like such a fun way to have to come up with recipes!

  • Megan

    Lettuce cooked in butter sounds so good. I’ll have to try that. I love grilling lettuce.

    • Colleen

      I almost forgot about grilled lettuce. I love grilled ceasar salads! I’ll have to try that next time.

  • MichellePC

    We never buy lettuce either, but I remember getting so much of it in our CSA last summer. Wish I had this recipe then – sounds delicious!

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    All the lettuce was actually one of the reasons I decided not to do a CSA after my first summer! I’m not that into lettuce either…but I also never cooked it. Such a cool idea for a meal!

  • Simply Life

    wow, I’ve never thought to cook lettuce but this looks great!

  • Maria Tadic

    I’m totally jealous of your sous vide machine! It’s so crazy you can cook an egg in there…in it’s shell! I want one just so I can do that!!! Do you think it was a worth while purchase? I know they can get pretty pricey.

    • Colleen

      It is 100% awesome! I think it was worth the price, but I also used it for a lot of catering jobs. They now sell a smaller version ( that’s a little cheaper. My best friend bought that version after playing around with mine a few times and thinks it was totally worth it.

  • Sacha

    That’s a great use of a good amount of lettuce. Often when I get to the farmers’ market after work, I’m faced with just piles and piles of lettuce—and not much else. Luckily, I have a half day on Fridays and can get to Copley in time to snatch up everything else! love this recipe.

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