This is a classic British Pease Pudding recipe. An easy, 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

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.

Pease pudding served with ham on a bread roll

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.

Ham in Pease Pudding

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.

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.

If you don’t want to use ham at all, simply skip steps 2, 3 and 4 of the recipe and cook the peas in plain water.

Pease Pudding garnished with chives

What do you serve pease with pease pudding?

Traditionally, Pease pudding is served in a sandwich roll (traditionally Stottie bread, see picture below) 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.

A sandwich made with ham and pease pudding viewed from the side

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.

Can you freeze pease pudding?

Yes, in. well sealed container for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator.

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. To make with ham (if not using ham, skip to step 5)
  3. 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.
  4. After 1 hour, remove the ham shank/hock, vegetables and bay leaves.
  5. To a pan, add the split peas and pour over enough of the ham broth (or water if not using ham) to cover by about 1-inch (2.5cm), about 4 cups (1 liter). Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour.
  6. After 1 hour, check to make sure the peas are soft. If not, continue to cook until they are, you may need to add more liquid as needed.
  7. Once soft (you want almost no liquid left). If you have too much liquid left, continue to cook, then stir in the butter and salt (this will depend on how salty your ham is so start off with only a little) . Mash or use a blender to achieve your desired consistency. Note: It will thicken as it cools. Taste for seasoning.

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.