Adding beautiful green peas to simple plain rice elevates the steamed rice to a sophisticated dish. It is very simple and easy to make. I am going to share my green peas and rice recipe, tips to keep the vivid green colour, and no wrinkle on the peas!
What is Mame Gohan?
Mame (peas) Gohan (rice) literally means Japanese green peas and rice. Adding peas to plain rice not only gives a pop of colour but also adds a unique umami flavour. It’s such a simple twist but makes a huge difference!
What Will You Need?
- Rice – Japanese Koshihikari rice. See how to cook rice Japanese way.
- Garden Peas – fresh or frozen. I used fresh peas for this post.
How to Cook Green Peas and Rice?
This is my Japanese recipe that does not lose the pea’s vivid green colour and also doesn’t wrinkle the peas.
- Wash and take the peas out of the pods.
- Cook Pods in 500ml water with a pinch of salt in a saucepan for 5 minutes.
- Remove the pods, add peas to the saucepan to cook for 2 minutes.
- Turn the heat off and let the peas cool down in the cooking water for approximately 30 minutes.
- Wash the rice by rinsing the rice under running water. Drain the water and set it aside.
- When the peas have cooled down, drain the cooking water (do not discard as this liquid will be used to cook the rice).
- Set the rice in the cooker with the liquid from the cooked peas. If the liquid is not enough, add extra water to the rice cooker.
- Add salt and sake to the rice cooker and give it stir with a spatula.
- Add a piece of dried kelp and cook the rice.
- When it is cooked, remove the kelp and add green peas on top of the rice to steam cook together for 10 minutes.
- Stir the rice and green peas together and serve to rice bowls.
Tips to Make Peas and Rice Perfectly
We want to keep the fresh striking green colour that pops up in the white rice and also without any wrinkle on the peas.
- In order to keep the bright green colour, cook everything separately and add the peas after the rice is cooked.
- To gain the full flavour of the green peas, use the liquid that the pods and peas were cooked in and also add kelp and sake to cook the rice.
- In order to avoid the peas getting wrinkled, let the peas cool down in the water after they are cooked.
What Other Japanese Dishes to Serve with?
- Asari no suimono (Japanese clear soup)
- Kakitama Jiru (Egg drop soup)
- Miso soup
- Ginger pork
- Teriyaki Chicken These are only a few suggestions. There are more delicious dishes. Explore more in the recipe index.
A: Yes you can. Parboil the frozen peas in boiling water for a minute and let it cool in the cooked water for 30 minutes.
A: Eat them within the same day. It does not last long. But you can freeze them. Wrap individual portions with cling wrap and place them in a freezer zip lock bag to freeze. It will last about a month.
A: You can cook this rice and peas without rice cooker. Cook the rice Japanese way then remove the kelp and add green peas following this rice and peas recipe.
A: Sake can be replaced with dry sherry or Chinese wine. See also “Japanese food substitution” post.
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Japanese Green Peas and Rice
- 1 1/3 cup Green Peas with pods *1
- a pinch Salt
- 2 cups Water
- 1 2/3 cups uncooked rice *2
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sake *3
- 2×2 inch Kombu dried kelp
- Wash the peas and remove peas from the pods.
- Boil two cups of water in a saucepan over high heat.
- Turn the heat down to medium heat and add the pods and a pinch of salt to cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove the pods from the saucepan. *4
- Add peas to the saucepan and cook for 2 minutes.
- Turn the heat off and let it cool down for 30 mintues.
- Wash and rinse the rice a few times, drain the water and set aside till the peas are cooled down.
- When the peas have cooled down, drain the cooking water (but do not discard).
- Place the rice in a rice cooker, pour 1 2/3 cup of cooking water from the step above. If you don't have 1 2/3 cup add water to make up to 1 2/3 cup.
- Add sake and salt and give it a stir.
- Place the piece of dried kelp and set the rice cooker. *5
- When the rice is cooked, remove the kelp and add drained peas onto the cooked rice and close the rice cooker to steam cook the rice and peas together for 10 minutes.
- Toss the rice and peas with an wooden spatula to serve.