Shrimp with Snow Peas

Do you grow snow peas? I plant some every year in my garden, and they are usually the first things to come up in the spring. That corner of the garden becomes my grazing spot, the fresh spring peas and snow peas never quite make it to the kitchen. I’m too busy munching on them while I weed. So it’s off to the market for snow peas in the spring. Here’s a quick and easy dish, a classic Chinese stir-fry with shrimp, snow peas, ginger, and garlic. Enjoy!

Shrimp with Snow Peas Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.

You can also use sugar snap peas for this recipe. Save prep time by prepping the peas, ginger, and garlic while the shrimp is marinating.




  • 2 teaspoons corn starch (or potato starch)
  • 1 Tbsp shaoxing Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Stir Fry

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp peanut oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 pound snow peas, strings removed
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 4 green onions, white and light green parts, sliced diagonally
  • 2 teaspoons dark roasted sesame oil




1 Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl, then add the shrimp. Toss to coat. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes while you prep the peas, ginger, and garlic.

2 Heat a wok or large sauté pan over high heat for 1 minute. Add the peanut oil and let it get hot, about 30 seconds. Add the ginger and garlic and toss to combine. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds.

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3 Add the shrimp and all the marinade to the pan (scrape out all the marinade with a rubber spatula). Add the snow peas, soy sauce and chicken stock. Stir-fry until the shrimp turns pink, about 2 minutes. Add the green onions and stir-fry 1 more minute. Turn off the heat and add the sesame oil. Toss to combine once more and serve with steamed rice.

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Beef with Snow Peas, from The Pioneer Woman

Tofu Stir-Fry with Snow Peas and Mushrooms, from The Kitchn

Chicken Stir Fry with Snow Peas and Asparagus, from Andrea Meyers

Shrimp with Snow Peas on Simply Recipes


  1. Candice

    This looks incredible! I can’t wait to try this, I love 20 minute meals!

  2. Grace @ Perpetual Nomming

    I love shrimp and snow pea combinations! I’d love to try this!

  3. Lisa

    I love shrimp meals. They take seconds to make and are so healthy! What a great idea.

  4. Sandy S

    Um, um! What a good idea. Perfect for the beautiful day we are having up here in the Pac NW. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  5. Kalyn

    Oh yes, this looks delicious for a simple dinner.

  6. Candy C.

    What a wonderful quick and easy dish and it looks fabulous!
    I love snow peas and usually plant them but did not this year so I picked up a lovely bag at the Farmer’s Market last weekend and used them in a stir fry with shrimp, yum!!

  7. Buddy King

    I can relate! We grew them for the first time last year and the kids clear the vines while playing out there…and snacking.

  8. Sandy S

    Reporting back that this is really good! Light but filling. Also found it to be delicious cold and will look forward to having it that way in the warmer weather. May try it with bok choy or asparagus when the snow peas are not available. Certainly a surprisingly tasty dish!

  9. Bline79

    Thanks for the inspiration here. I usually use this sauce recipe with great success:

  10. Corrie

    Had some snow peas from our csa to use up so made this tonight – super tasty! Served it with rice cooked in a mix of water and a small can of coconut water. Delicious!

  11. Sonia

    Loved this recipe, it came out so well on the first attempt. Made it for lunch, loved it so much that il be making it for dinner too! Lol :) Thank you for sharing! xx

  12. June

    Can you substitute chicken? If yes, is the marinade or cooking steps different?

    • Elise

      The answer is yes, you can make a chicken and snow peas recipe instead of shrimp and snow peas, and yes, the cooking steps would be different. I recommend doing an Internet search for a different recipe though, as I have not tried this recipe with chicken instead of shrimp and wouldn’t know what to tell you on the changes.

  13. DHRiley

    Good recipe but next time I’ll add some Chinese peppers or pepper oil to give it a little kick.

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