Snow Peas with Pine Nuts and Mint

Snow peas lightly sauteed and tossed with toasted pine nuts, mint, garlic, olive oil, and sesame oil.

sautéed Snow Peas with pine nuts and mint
Elise Bauer

Spring has sprung here in Northern California. The sweet peas are blossoming, the snap peas are climbing, and I have peas on my brain!

Today I had a hankering for snow peas and cooked up a bunch this afternoon just for the heck of it. There are so many ways to prepare snow peas, the only thing you really don't want to do is to over-cook them.

easy snow peas recipe
Elise Bauer

This is a simple stir-fry with pine nuts, garlic, sesame oil, and a little mint. What's your favorite snow peas recipe?

Snow Peas with Pine Nuts and Mint

Prep Time 6 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 11 mins
Servings 2 to 3 servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound snow peas, rinsed, dried, tips of the ends cut off, strings removed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 10 large mint leaves, chopped


  1. Sauté snow peas, garlic, pine nuts:

    Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the snow peas, garlic, and pine nuts. Stir to coat with the oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring.

    You do not want to overcook the snow peas or they will get limp. They should still be a little bit crunchy.

  2. Remove from heat. Stir in the sesame oil and chopped mint leaves:

    Serve immediately.