Pease Pudding is an easy, British side dish made with yellow split peas that are cooked with vegetables and smoked ham. Typically served on a ham sandwich, or as a side to a meat dish.

A silver bowl with Pease Pudding, ham and a bread roll
Pease pudding served with ham on a bread roll
What is Pease Pudding?

Pease Pudding is not even a pudding, it is more of a paste (like hummus). It is made by cooking yellow split peas with a smoked ham hock or shank with vegetables, then blended or mashed.

Not to be confused with mushy peas, this is a native dish to the North East of England from the 14th Century that has its own rhyme. It has been dubbed as ‘Tyneside Pâte’, or Geordie Caviar which.  Also, the name is not a typo, there really is an ‘e’ on the end of peas. Not sure why.

What is the Pease Pudding rhyme?

Pease pudding hot, Pease pudding cold, Pease pudding in the pot nine days old. Some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it in the pot, nine days old.

Some recipes don’t call for the use of ham broth to cook the split peas, including my own mothers. Cooking it this way gives a great depth of flavor and once you try it this way, I think you’ll prefer it too.

Pease Pudding garnished with chives

Use of the ham shank/ham hock

The ham shank is only used to flavor the broth. Once you have used it, you can save it to use the ham for Ham & Split Pea Soup.

Traditionally, Pease pudding is served in a sandwich roll with ham or as a side dish with sliced ham. It can be served warm or cold. Personally, I like it warm or room temperature because the flavors are better which makes it portable for road trips and picnics.

Another dish served in the North of England is a British pork sausage called a Saveloy, a cooked sausage. It is like the British version of a hot dog that can be served with Pease pudding.

Additional serving suggestion

Blend with chicken stock to make a smoky lentil soup.

How long does Pease pudding keep?

In a sealed container, refrigerated up to 1 week. Contrary to the rhyme.

Yield: 6

British Pease Pudding

Yellow split peas give this easy Pease Pudding its color

A side dish made with yellow split peas, flavored with smoked ham and vegetables.

Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 10 hours


  • 1 ½ cups (300 grams) yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 1 ½ pound (711 grams) Ham hock/shank/ham bone or smoked bacon
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 1 onion, peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Add the split peas to a bowl and cover with water, make sure they are well covered. Leave overnight, or 8 hours to soak at room temperature.
  2. Add the ham hock/shank/bone or smoked bacon, carrot, onion, bay leaves, to a pan and cover with 3 liters (12 cups) water. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. After 1 hour, remove the ham shank/hock, vegetables and bay leaves.
  4. To a pan, add the split peas pour over enough of the ham broth to cover, about 4 cups (1 liter). Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour.
  5. After 1 hour, stir in the salt and butter. Mash or use a blender to achieve your desired consistency.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 178Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 37mgSodium 611mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 5gSugar 3gProtein 14g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.