Snow peas, or sugar snaps, are just beginning to make their appearance in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets. These crisp, springtime beauties can be served hot or cold, cooked or even just raw, and make a delicious side dish to any summer meal.
To make use of the seasonal bounty, here are a few of our favorite ways to prepare snow peas. Just give them a quick wash first under cold running water, especially if you’re eating them (pods and all) raw,
Pick and Eat. Both the smaller, tender peas and the big, fat pods are delicious raw. Try them for a crunchy snack.
Toss Them Up. Chop up the uncooked peas, pods and all, and toss them into a garden salad or pasta salad for a nice crunch.
Stir Fry. Give the peas a quick stir fry with a little olive oil to brighten their color and flavor. Serve with rice and some cooked meat, such as a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket deli.
Sautéed. Sautee the peas in a little olive oil or butter. You can also try cooking them with a little fresh garlic and butter, or a few fresh herbs, for an extra layer of flavor.
Eat the Vines. If you are growing your own peas and haven’t used any sprays or pesticides, you can eat the vines. Stir fried pea vines are tender and delicious. Just cut off just the top 6–8 inches of vine. Or check out one of these pea vine recipes: Pea vines and garlic and Pea vine and spring onion salad.