Snow Peas with Pine Nuts and Mint

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

Photography Credit: 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. 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 Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 2-3.


  • 2 Tbsp 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 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.

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3 Comments / Reviews

  1. Janelle

    I copied a very simple recipe out of Everyday Food a few years ago, where the peas are just cooked quickly, then tossed with a little butter and chopped mint. They taste like candy!

  2. Marc

    I follow the method from Chez Panisse Vegetables: put a bit of butter, a bit of water, and the snow peas (or even better yet, sugar snap peas) in a skillet. Turn the heat to medium or medium-high, and cook until the peas are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the butter-water proportions are right, they make an emulsion of sorts that coats the peas.

  3. Tracy27

    Mmm, snow peas – I just used up the last of my winter ones (thank you, NorCal weather!) and replanted new ones a couple of weeks ago.

    I usually saute them in a little olive oil and garlic, then give them a good squeeze of lemon juice at the end. I’m eager to try this recipe, though.

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