5-Minute Easy Sugar Snap Peas

This is one of those embarrassingly easy recipes that might change your life.  I realize how dramatic that sounds.  But don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this – it’s a little magical.  The three-ingredients glaze is rich and umami and silky, against the crunch of the lightly cooked sugar snaps.  Did I mention that these take about 5 minutes to make?

Soy Glazed Sugar Snap Peas

Soy Sauce and Butter

Soy sauce and butter might seem like an unusual combination, but it really, really works.  I remember reading about it first a long time ago in a cookbook co-authored by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who was one of the first to combine classic European cooking and techniques with Asian cuisine, and Mark Bittman, of How to Cook Everything fame.  I thought huh, perhaps this award-winning superstar chef is on to something.  And he was.

Snow Peas vs. Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas are a cross between regular garden peas (the kind you pop out of the pod before cooking and eating, and snow peas. They have fatter pods, and the peas inside as well as the outer pods are edible.

Snow peas are flatter, and the peas inside are smaller and flatter. They might also be called Chinese pea pods, and you will often find them used in stir fries. The whole thing is edible, though you should remove the tough strings which can be found on either side of the pod

You can use snow peas fairly interchangeably with sugar snap peas, but they usually aren’t quite as sweet.  Both may be eaten raw or cooked.

Soy Glazed Sugar Snap Peas: This three-ingredient glaze turns sugar snap peas a silky and crunchy and umami side dish that takes 5 minutes to make!

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How to Make Soy Glazed Sugar Snap Peas

Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until just melted.  Add the snow peas and stir-fry 1 minute.  

Soy Glazed Sugar Snap Peas

Add the soy sauce and the lemon juice and bring to a simmer, stirring, until the liquid reduces to a thin glaze.  

Soy Glazed Sugar Snap Peas

Cook, stirring, until the peas are tender but still crisp.  Season with the pepper and serve.

Not that the lemon juice adds a great burst of fresh flavor, but it can start to turn the peas a khaki green so you want to serve them pretty fast.  The flavor will remain the same, but the color will get less vibrant.

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Soy Glazed Sugar Snap Peas

This three-ingredient glaze turns sugar snap peas a silky and crunchy and umami side dish that takes 5 minutes to make!
Yield: 6 People
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds snow peas , strings removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  • Cut each snow peas in half crosswise, on the diagonal.
  • Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until just melted. Add the snow peas and stir-fry 1 minute. Add the soy sauce and the lemon juice and bring to a simmer, stirring, until the liquid reduces to a thin glaze. Cook, stirring, until the peas are tender but still crisp, about 2 minutes. Season with the pepper and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1349IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg

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