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Best Nando’s macho peas in 10 mins

Do you know how yummy are Nando’s Macho Peas are? This homemade version is healthier, faster to get, and as tasty as the real thing!

Nandos Macho Peas

Yields: 4 portion
Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 5 mins Total: 10 mins

What are Nandos macho peas?

Nando’s Macho Peas are a popular version of minted peas served at the Nando’s restaurant chain. They are a spiced up version of traditional mushy peas, with a mix of peas, parsley, mint, and chili. The dish is known for its bright green color and bold flavor, and is often served alongside Nando’s signature flame-grilled peri-peri chicken.

Minted peas meaning

Minted peas are a side dish typically made by cooking green peas and then adding chopped fresh mint, butter, salt, and pepper to them. This combination of ingredients gives the peas a refreshing, herbaceous flavor that pairs well with many different types of main dishes, from roasted meats to fish and seafood. Minted peas are a classic British side dish that are commonly served with a Sunday roast, but they can also be enjoyed as a standalone dish or incorporated into salads or other recipes. The addition of mint not only adds flavor to the peas but can also provide some health benefits, as mint is known to have digestive and anti-inflammatory properties.

Why should you try this recipe?

This is a side that goes well with almost everything. That’s why every-time I got a takeaway from Nando this Nando’s Macho Peas never missed from my order. However, since I don’t have any Nando’s on my beautiful island I have come up with this copycat recipe. Does it make sense? And 10 minutes is all what it takes to prepare this AMAZING and easy dish.

In a nutshell, this recipe is:

✔️ Easy, very easy

✔️ Can be put in the fridge and reheated

✔️ Adaptable if you miss the fresh ingredients

✔️ It’s vegan friendly, you can substitute with vegan butter (or olive oil)

✔️ Cheaper than take-away

Nando’s Macho Peas Recipe

Nandos Macho Peas Ingredients

  • Peas
  • Unsalted butter
  • Chilli or chilli flakes
  • Parsley (fresh)
  • Mint Leaves (Fresh)
  • Salt & Pepper

How to make minted peas like Nandos?

It looks like lots of steps but it’s really simple:

  • Cook the peas + salt in water
  • Chop fresh spices
  • Drain the peas
  • Add the butter to half of them and mash in a mixing bowl
  • Add the whole peas to the other half mashed peas
  • Add the fresh spices and mix together
  • Serve

How to serve Nando’s Style Peas?

Minted peas are a versatile side dish that can be paired with many different types of dishes. Here are a few options:

  1. Grilled lamb chops or roast lamb
  2. Pan-seared salmon or other fish dishes
  3. Roast chicken or turkey
  4. Grilled or roasted vegetables, such as asparagus or zucchini
  5. Quiche or frittata
  6. Meat pies or pasties
  7. Sandwiches, wraps, or pitas with roasted or grilled meat
  8. Roast beef or pork
  9. Couscous or other grain-based dishes
  10. Soups or stews as a garnish.

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Nando’s offers a variety of sides to accompany their famous flame-grilled peri-peri chicken. Some of the most popular yummy sides at Nando’s that I love to munch together with the peas are:

  1. Peri-peri chips or fries – fries seasoned with Nando’s signature peri-peri seasoning.
  2. Garlic bread – toasted bread brushed with garlic butter.
  3. Coleslaw – a classic salad made with shredded cabbage and carrots in a creamy dressing.
  4. Spicy rice – a flavorful rice dish made with spices and vegetables.
  5. Grilled corn on the cob – fresh corn on the cob grilled and served with butter and seasoning.
  6. Chargrilled vegetables – a mix of grilled vegetables such as peppers, zucchini, and onions.
  7. Side salad – a fresh salad made with mixed greens and vegetables.

Nando’s also offers a range of sauces, including their signature peri-peri sauce and the red pepper dip, to add extra flavor to your meal.

Nandos Macho Peas

Homemade Nando's Style Peas

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, British, Portuguese
Servings 4 people
Calories 67.34 kcal


  • cup frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil (approx 15 grams each)
  • 1 tsp mint leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp parsley finely chopped
  • Chilli flakes to taste


  • Cook the peas according the packet instructions, adding a little salt to the water.
  • While the peas are cooking, finely chop the parsley & mint leaves (and fresh chilli if using)
  • When the peas are cooked, drain in a colander.
  • Add half of the peas in a mixing bowl, add the butter and mash until crushed but not mushy.
  • Add all the other igredients with the remaining peas and mix together.
  • Serve immediately.
Keyword butter, chilli flakes, mint, parsley, peas

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