Sesame Garlic Snow Peas

sesame snow peas

These sesame garlic snow peas can be prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes!

Snow peas are mildly flavored so they are adaptable and pair well with so many flavors and foods. They can be served raw or cooked. You have probably seen snow peas most often used in Asian stir-fries.

They have a flatter pod than sugar snap peas and can be found fresh at farmers markets and most groceries. Snap peas are different. They are also known as sugar snap peas and are a cross between snow peas and garden peas.

My favorite translation for snow peas is in french. In french snow peas are known as “pois mange tout” which literally means “eat the whole pea” which is exactly what one does with snow peas.

Sometimes snow peas are tough. Wash them and remove the “strings” on either side of the pea because they can be difficult to chew and digest.

Once you have completed that task, you can cook the snow peas. I like them best when cooked quickly, as in a stir fry, because they retain their bright green color and crispness. When overcooked, they become limp and dull. You don’t want that.

This sesame garlic snow peas recipe is easy and takes only minutes. The prep and cooking time is under 30 minutes.

Sauté the snow peas in a skillet or a wok in a combination of sesame oil and coconut oil. You will begin by lightly browning a little ginger, sesame seeds and some garlic in the oil. Once those are browned,  you can add the snow peas. I also like to add a little hot chili oil or red pepper flakes to spice it up a bit. Remember to cook only for about 5 minutes. You want the snow peas to be bright green and crisp.

You can serve these sesame garlic snow peas with anything. Snow peas brighten the plate and your palate. “Les pois mange tout”…eat the whole thing, every single one of them.

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