A citrusy and tasty vegetable side dish – Stir-fried Lemon Sesame Sugar Snap Peas! Serve with a meal as a side, eat alone for a sweet tangy snack, or add to pasta and salads. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
Ever had sugar snap peas?
This spring-time vegetable can be eaten whole, pod included (unlike say, edamame) and they are a sweet and crunchy snack all on their own.
But you can also stir-fry them!
Being that this was the first time I had cooked with them myself, I of course turned to my trusted Flavor Bible for ideas.
Sugar Snap Peas go great with oils (especially sesame and olive), lemons, mint and mushrooms. Lemon and sesame seemed like a good idea to try, especially seeing how I had a bunch of sesame seeds in my pantry.
Normally I don’t have plain sesame oil on hand, just toasted. Toasted has a pretty strong flavor so I was a little apprehensive about stir-frying with it, so I went with extra virgin olive oil.
But you can try the stir-fry with plain sesame oil if you have some!
Snap peas are very delicate so you don’t want to cook them too long – a few minutes max.
Top with lemon juice, sesame seeds, and lemon zest if you’re feeling zesty.
And if you want an extra dimension of flavor – you can top it with (a small amount of) that TOASTED sesame oil! A little goes a long way.
ALSO: They go great with soba noodles.
Bonus points for sugar snap peas: they have 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber for each 1-cup serving!
How do you eat snap peas?
Lemon Sesame Sugar Snap Peas
A citrusy and tasty vegetable side dish - Stir-fried Lemon Sesame Sugar Snap Peas! Serve with a meal as a side, eat alone for a sweet tangy snack, or add to pasta and salads. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (or plain sesame oil)
- 2 cups sugar snap peas (trimming the stems if necessary)
- 1/2 organic lemon, juiced and zested
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, for serving
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (optional)
- In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
- Add sugar snap peas and lightly cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove from heat.
- Top with lemon juice, lemon zest, sesame seeds and toasted sesame oil (if using).
- Serve as a side, on top of a salad or pasta! (Check out the recipe with soba noodles too!)
Serving Size:1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.
Thursday 7th of June 2018
These were amaaaaaazing! The perfect side dish.