Sesame Sugar Snap Peas

May 22, 2015Katie

I picked up a package of these the sugar snap peas the other day.

Sugar snap peas cook SUPER quick and are a fast addition to any meat dish on a week night when you just don’t have much time to cook.  I served them alongside these wonderful Tuna Steaks with Dijon Honey Mustard Sauce , which, incidentally was also very quick cooking as well.

Drizzle a little olive oil into a pan, maybe around 1 tablespoon.

Then press in or just mince up 2 cloves of garlic. If you feel really adventurous, add in 1/4 teaspoon or just a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Put this over medium heat for just about a minute, letting the garlic flavor the oil and get all golden and happy.

Then add in your sugar snap peas.

Pour in one tablespoon of light soy sauce.  I always use light soy sauce.  Regular makes my fingers swell up the size of a baseball bat.

Then add in 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. I prefer the darker brown toasted sesame oil, if you can find it.

Almost every grocery store carries sesame oil, in one form or the other in the Asian aisle.

Toss this all up with some tongs.

Leave these over the heat for maybe a minute, two at the most.  And then remove to a plate and sprinkle with some toasted sesame seeds.

Now that wasn’t so hard was it?

I love the crunch and the sweetness of these little babies.  And the time factor is a plus we all need!

Sugar Snap Peas With a Kick -A Super Quick Side Dish
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 1 T. light soy sauce
  • 1 t. sesame oil (toasted)
  • 2 t. toasted sesame seeds
  • ¼ t. red pepper flakes (optional)
  1. Over medium heat in medium skillet, heat olive oil, then add in garlic. If using, add red pepper flakes. Let cook about one minute, then add in the sugar snap peas. Stir one more minute then add in soy sauce and sesame oil. Cook 1-2 minutes more then pour onto platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Love these other recipes that wonderful food bloggers made using Peas for Food Network’s Spring Sensational Sides!

Creative Culinary: Peas with Bacon and Crispy Leeks
Daisy at Home: No-Cook Spring Succotash
Weelicious: Summer Pea Salad
Virtually Homemade: Green Pea Hummus
Homemade Delish: Peas That Please
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Marinated Peas & Peppers Salad
Red or Green: English Pea Mash on Garlic Rubbed Bruschetta
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Cauliflower and Peas Stir-Fry
Taste with the Eyes: Pasta with Peas, Bacon, Mint, and Ricotta
The Mom 100: Spring Ramp and Pea Risotto
Dishin & Dishes: Sesame Sugar Snap Peas
FN Dish: The Freshest Ways to Pass the Peas, Please


  • overconcerned

    May 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I love cooking vegetables with soy sauce - have you tried cooking them with soy sauce and mirin? Mirin is a sort of mild Japanese cooking wine, with a sweet taste. Last night I sliced up an onion, softened it, then added about 1/3-1/2 cup mixture of soy sauce and mirin. I thought it was too salty so I added more mirin... turns out it didn't need any. Try it! The final product is sort of just like caramelised onions, with a sweet note. :)
  • bunny

    May 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE sugar snap peas! I will be trying this one!
  • drop30

    May 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog as this recipe looks delicious! I will definately be trying it out, thank you :)
  • barefoot zed

    April 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I'm surprised I need to ask this, but how do you then eat them, then--as finger-food, or with a fork?
    1. DishinandDishes

      April 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

      barefoot zed - we use a fork! I suppose you could eat them with your fingers?

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