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.

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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

  • Prep time: 6 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2-3


  • 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.

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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Naomi

    I felt like this had too much oil for me, next time would cut it way back. But the flavors are good. It needed some salt.

  2. Yolanda

    Steam the snow peas for about 3 minutes. In a pan a bit of oil, garlic until lightly gold. Put the snow peas with 1 tbs sesame seeds, mix and add some drops of sesame oil, optional but it makes the difference. Yummy.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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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