Cooking up a batch of tasty snow peas on the stovetop is a great way to make a fresh-tasting side dish. You’re going to love this simple sauteed snow peas recipe. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s flavorful with just 6 ingredients.
While eating snow peas fresh is always a fun idea for that crisp fresh burst of sweetness, cooking them is also a great experience. When you know how to cook snow peas, you find yourself doing it more and more, finding new ways to incorporate them into a tasty stir fry, soup, or even a casserole.
We like to keep our veggies simple and easy. Keeping things from getting complicated helps to not only reduce time in the kitchen but also allows the natural flavors of these greens to shine. Another great benefit is that the less complicated a cooked vegetable is, the better it can pair with your main dishes.
By keeping these sauteed snow peas simple and basic, we can now feel free to pair them with practically anything and not have them overshadowed or overpowering the other dishes on the plate. Sounds great right?
With a versatile and easy side dish recipe like this, you’re going to have a great meal in no time!
Cooked snow pea ingredients
- Snow peas– the star of the show. Just make sure to have them properly washed and prepped beforehand.
- Sesame oil– helping us to saute our veggies and bring in a little flavor to every crisp bite.
- Salt– a flavor enhancer like salt will really help to make these dishes taste incredible.
- Red pepper flakes- Adding just a little color and heat to the plate are some red pepper flakes, but you can reduce or omit if desired.
- Garlic– minced garlic goes with everything and these greens are no exception.
- Sesame seeds– these add a fun garnish to the plate and add in a little flavor too.
How to cook snow peas on the stove
In a medium sized skillet on the stove, heat your sesame oil over medium heat.
Add in your snow peas, salt, red pepper flakes, minced garlic, and sesame seeds.
Cook together until the eas just start to blister and the garlic smells fragrant. This should take about 5 minutes.
Snow Peas FAQs
Snow peas are a wonderful vegetable to cook (and grow) yourself. Pick them fresh from the garden and cook up a warm and comforting side dish, eat them fresh, or enjoy with dip as desired. They grow year-round so there’s no limit to the tasty potential awaiting you.
While they look similar and taste similar they are technically two different vegetables. A snow pea is more like a cross between a snap pea and a regular pea plant. This creates a flavorful pea pod with seeds and slightly thinner skin.
First, start by washing the pod under cold water to remove dirt. Discard damaged pods in the process. Then cut off the tips of the pods (the tough little cap at the top) with a sharp knife. Then remove the “strings” down the side as these parts are also hard to chew. Then wash again if desired before using as directed in the recipe.
Snow peas like this would taste great next to practically anything ranging from pork chops to roasted chicken or even grilled meats like chicken thighs or kabobs. It would also taste great next to Asian inspired dishes or white rice.
How to Cook Snow Peas
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 8 ounces snow peas usually one small bag
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- Heat oil in a medium skillet on medium heat.
- Add snow peas, salt, red pepper flakes, garlic and sesame seeds.
- Cook until peas just start to blister and garlic is fragrant, baout 5 minutes.