Simple Chinese Snow Peas Stir Fry

Stir Fried Snow Peas

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
68 Calories
4g Fat
6g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 68
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 397mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 35mg 173%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 204mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Snow peas are one of those vegetables which seem to enjoy universal popularity. Asians use snow peas in stir-fry dishes often due to their tender sweetness and fresh, crispy texture.

You can add protein to this simple dish by stirring in 8 to 10 prawns or 6 ounces of waxed pork (see the information below the directions) with snow peas. If you choose prawns, add 1 teaspoon of rice wine to enhance the flavor.


  • 8 to 10 ounces snow peas

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Rinse snow peas, trim ends, and string them if necessary.

  3. Heat oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add finely chopped garlic. Stir-fry briefly to release aromatics.

  4. Add snow peas and salt.

  5. Stir-fry briefly. Add soy sauce. Stir-fry for another minute. Serve while hot.

All About Waxed Pork

Chinese waxed meat, also known as Chinese New Year pork or Chinese pancetta, is a stronger version of pancetta. It’s delicious, smoky, salty, and great on its own with fried rice or perfect in a stir-fry with almost any kind of vegetable. It’s a great meat to steam and goes well with garlic sprouts or leeks. For most Chinese, every time they see or smell waxed pork, they are reminded of Lunar New Year.

Waxed Pork Memories

Liv Wan shares this story about Chinese New Year Pork:

"When I was growing up in Taipei, we would always buy our Chinese New Year Pork from one particular shop. This shop would be closed for 11 months of the year but open for just one month during the Chinese New Year period. Their meat was so delicious and so popular and they sold so much product during this month that they could close for the rest of the year."

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