English Pea Ragout

English pea ragout with grilled sea scallops
Photo Credit: Evan Sung

Orange-Patis Butter: In a medium bowl, using a rubber spatula, mix together the butter, pastis, orange zest, salt, and white pepper until well combined.

English Pea Ragout

  • Serves: 4
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  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 small leek (1/2-inch dice)
  • 1 small bulb fennel, (1/2-inch dice) (about 2 cups)
  • 3 cups fresh English peas (from 2 1/2 to 3 pounds unshucked peas)
  • 6 ounces unsliced fennel salami, diced in 1/2- inch pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white or black pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Orange-Patis Butter, softened to room temperature, plus more for serving (recipe followers)


  1. To make the ragoût, warm a medium cast-iron pan over medium heat on the grill (alternately, warm a skillet on the stove over medium-high heat to cook the ragoût there).
  2. Melt the butter, then add the leek and fennel.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the leek has softened, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the peas and salami; season with salt and white pepper. Cook until everything is just warmed through, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add a few dollops (one per person) of the orange-pastis butter and remove from the heat; serve hot.