|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 6g||8%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||18%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Total Sugars 5g|
|Vitamin C 56mg||281%|
|*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.|
Snow peas are a crunchy and delicious vegetable. While they can be eaten raw, they take just minutes to cook, and this easy recipe is a fantastic way to prepare snow peas. The simple combination of butter and shredded lemon zest makes a brightly flavored side dish. Although optional, the sliced toasted almonds add a wonderful nutty crunch.
Unlike sugar snap peas, the peas in snow peas are tiny, making for flat pods and faster cooking, so you will have plenty of time to prepare the rest of dinner. These snow peas are excellent alongside shrimp, fish, or grilled chicken.
"Snow peas are a snap to make and can be ready to eat in minutes. Sauté them in butter for a luxurious mouthfeel. A bit of lemon zest adds a bright note, and the toasted almonds add just the right amount of crunch." —Diana Andrews
Gather the ingredients.
Break the stem ends off of the snow peas and pull off the strings. Rinse well.
Fill a medium saucepan with about 2 quarts of water and 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
Add the snow peas and let the water return to a boil.
Boil the pea pods for 30 to 45 seconds. Don't overcook them or they will lose their crunch.
Immediately drain the peas in a colander.
Wipe out the pan, making sure it is dry. Add the butter to the pan and place it over medium heat.
When the butter begins to sizzle, add the drained snow peas.
Sauté the pea pods in the butter, stirring, for about 1 minute.
Add the lemon zest and toasted almonds (if using) and continue cooking for 1 minute.
Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve and enjoy.
- It is recommended to remove the string from snow peas before cooking to make them easier to eat.
- To toast the almonds, put them in a dry skillet and place the skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring and frequently turning until the almonds are lightly browned. To toast them in the oven, arrange them in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350 F for 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally, or until they are lightly browned.
- Ingredient additions that complement snow peas nicely are mushrooms, garlic, ginger, parsley, basil, chervil, and peanuts. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and ginger to the butter along with the snow peas and the herbs and peanuts toward the end of cooking.
- To add some garlic flavor without including garlic in the finished dish, peel 1 clove of garlic and cut in half. Sauté the garlic pieces in the butter for 1 minute. Remove the garlic and discard; proceed with the recipe as written.
Why Are They Called Snow Peas?
The name "snow peas" may come from the vegetable's ability to withstand frost. They're generally planted no earlier in the spring than other pea varieties, and some gardeners keep them growing through autumn. Another theory behind the name refers to its white appearance in bright light.
What's Another Name for Snow Peas?
Snow peas are also called Chinese pea pods due to their frequent appearance in Asian stir-fries. In the United Kingdom, they're known as mange tout. This French term for "eat all" is also used for sugar snap peas because the whole pod is edible.