Crunchy Sesame Snow Peas

by Sarah on March 31, 2011

Here’s a quickie side dish that you can make in minutes—seriously.   You could make this with snow peas or sugar snap peas–both would be super.

It’s about the right season for peas, too–not that I got around to planting anything this winter.  Of course now I’m a little disappointed, because there’s nothing like going outside after a long and nasty winter to find little pea shoots and the first tiny pods.  They are so sweet and delicious right off the vine!

I’m using a wok here–because I love the wok!  I got this one a few years ago because I’m not supposed to use my old wok on our current stove–it was one of those ones with the ring that the wok sat in.  Supposedly they are a fire hazard or some dumb thing.  Anyway, I went and got a flat-bottomed wok with a handle at my local Asian store and though it takes forever to get it seasoned properly, I couldn’t be happier now.  It gives me a rush to be able to toss everything around in the pan.  I know, I’m a dork.

You could also just use a saute pan.

Just give these guys a quick saute, so they’re a little tender, then add a bit of soy, sesame oil, scallions and sesame seeds.  Toss once more and that’s it.

Crunchy Sesame Snow Peas


  • 3 cups snow peas or sugar snap peas
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1/4 tsp vegetable oil


  • Trim the ends of the peas.
  • Heat wok or saute pan over high heat. Add just a few drops of vegetable oil. When it smokes, add peas and toss. Continue tossing until the peas are lightly cooked but still retaining their crunch.
  • Add the soy sauce, onions, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Toss once more and turn off the heat. Adjust seasonings as needed and serve.

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