Seared Sugar Snap Peas

Almost all the prep time in this recipe is taking the strings off the sugar peas. Once you have that done, the rest is easy.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 as a side

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound sugar snap peas, strings removed
  • 3-4 scallions or green onions, sliced on the diagonal
  • Salt
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste

Method

1 Heat a large sauté pan on high heat for 1 minute. Add the olive oil to the hot pan and heat it until it shimmers, about 1-2 minutes. Add the sugar peas and toss to coat with the oil. Sprinkle salt over them and toss again. Allow to cook, undisturbed, for 1 minute.

2 Add the green onions and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar. Toss to combine. Let cook for 1 minute. Toss and cook untouched again, this time leaving everything undisturbed for 2 minutes.

3 Turn off the heat, mix in the lemon zest and mint, then add black pepper and lemon juice to taste. Serve at once.

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Comments

  • Colleen

    Fantastic! I used lime zest (no lemon in the fridge) and it worked really well. This is a really good recipe. And, you really don’t need to use butter – the olive oil works great on its own.

  • Jara

    Great recipes- easy & low fat – my favorites! I have a family member who is allergic to lemons & limes. What is a good substitute for lemon/lime juice and zest? Should I use vinegar or orange (which he can tolerate)?

    Orange s a great idea, just a little orange juice and zest. ~Elise

  • Jackie

    I made these for dinner this evening, alongside kafta with tzatziki, lettuce and red onion and homemade sourdough wheat pitas. Loved using the mint with peas, such a classic and perfect combination. Thanks for posting this!

  • mark

    I’m gonna try this, Elise try Burpee’s Sugar Daddy, compact and productive and best of all STRINGLESS !

  • Kelli

    This recipe sounds so delicious but my family refuses to eat onions or scallions :(. Will it hurt the recipe to omit them, or should I alter the recipe in any way? Thank you!

    Just leave them out, the peas will be fine. ~Elise

  • Natalie

    I LOVE snap peas. These would make a great side dish with an Asian dinner, or perhaps this sauteed shrimp pasta! Thanks for sharing.

  • Alfredo

    Looking forward to trying this! I tried your recipe for broccoli with ginger and sesame and it came out brilliantly.

  • jmf

    Not sure if the timing works where you are but a similar and delicious recipe with snap peas is to saute with butter and garlic scapes (those curly queue top of garlic plants)…so yummy!