On a regular day, I can chow down a side dish without needing any rice or bread. And for those days, one of my go-to meals includes some stir-fried veggies, namely, stir fried snow peas.
There is something magical about snow peas. They are chewy, tender, and sometimes sweet, and everything is perfect about a tasty stir fry. I prefer to stir fry snow peas with garlic and other aromatics because you can never get enough of some soul-soothing flavors to go with your side dish.
Moreover, this dish takes less time to cook on the side and needs a few simple ingredients. So no need to scurry to supermarkets nearby to enjoy this delicious side dish.
Now let us check out how you can cook stir fried snow peas at home and relish the rich, aromatic taste alongside your main dish.
What Is the Difference Between Snow Peas and Regular Peas?
Most of us know of regular peas. But what about snow peas? They’re known in my mother tongue, Bengali, “Sheem” (Shee-eem).
I learned about them only about a year ago from my mother. I have seen her use snow peas for curries where she puts different vegetables and potatoes.
While snow peas and regular peas are both from the legume family, there are some differences in taste and texture. For example, snow peas or Chinese pea pods are flatter than regular peas.
And unlike regular peas that are only harvested once the peas mature within the pods, snow peas are harvested pre-development.
Snow peas have a rather tough and fleshy exterior, which helps the pods withstand the cold and other weather adversaries. Hence they are available all year round, unlike regular peas.
Moreover, you will find regular peas to have a rather sweet, juicer flavor than snow peas. The latter’s peas are similar to beans. But you can interchange them for various recipes and play around with the meal’s overall flavors and textures!
What Can You Add to Stir Fried Snow Peas?
While my recipe is of a humble stir fry, I heartily encourage you to play around and add more flavors to the snow peas side dish!
If you love some chunks of meat with your veggies, stir fried snow peas with beef and chicken work perfectly. Stir fried pork and snow peas is a pretty popular recipe among many too!
Stir fried snow peas with shrimp is a great choice too, for a seafood side dish. And as for purely vegetarian options, stir fried snow peas and carrots, beans, or water chestnuts go well.
You can also try out stir fry snow peas with mushrooms of all kinds as they soak in all the juices and goodness of the aromatic fried garlic and ginger.
My Favorite Mains With Stir Fried Snow Peas
I love side dishes with my meals, and snow peas go with many of my favorite mains! For example, you can pair stir fry snow peas with rice. I prefer steamed rice for it.
The neutral flavors of rice elevate the robust flavors of fried snow peas and absorb the glistening garlic soy sauce to give you the perfect bites. Similarly, if you have some stirfry noodles from your last meal or a previous takeout, add the stir fry snow peas as a side for a scrumptious and quick meal!
You can also use stir fry peas as a filling for rice paper rolls if you are playing around with some leftover meats and veggies. The choices are endless for a functional side dish like the stir fry snow peas!
My Quick and Simple Stir Fry Snow Peas Recipe
Step 1: Toast Sesame Seeds
Heat a non-stick pan and toast up your sesame seeds. You can toast them over medium heat, which will take around 30-45 seconds.
Take them off the heat when they have a light golden-brown shade and keep them aside. You can use these toasted seeds for a crunchy garnish over the stir fry snow peas.
Step 2: Fry Your Ginger and Garlic
After taking the sesame seeds off the pan, add some oil and let it heat up over high heat. Once it is hot enough, lower the heat and drop your chopped garlic and ginger.
Sautee them around for a minute or two till the kitchen is filled with the glorious scent of sizzling garlic oil. Lower the heat and let the aromatics cook.
Step 3: Add Beans and Flavors
Toss your washed and trimmed beans into the pan and stir fry them over medium heat. Of course, clean the beans beforehand, and trim off their ends. That way, they will be fresh and ready for the pan.
Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the beans and toss them around the ginger and garlic oil. Stir frying them over medium heat will allow them to cook thoroughly.
Step 4: Drizzle in Honey and Soy Sauce
After one minute of stir frying the beans, drizzle some honey and soy sauce for delicious and snappy flavors. The soy sauce will drench the beans in a savory taste, while the honey soothes the overwhelming savory notes with some smooth sweet hints.
Put a lid over the pan and cook the beans over low heat for another three minutes to soften them. After that, you can plate them and garnish them with toasted sesame seeds.
Your stir fried snow peas are ready!
A dish like this is for all weather, and you can have it anytime. The slightly crunchy snow beans coated in the mouth-watering soy sauce and the honey glaze makes for a hearty side for your meals.
I hope you enjoy my recipe and am excited to know how it tastes! Do share if you have any tips to make this recipe more playful!
Quick and Simple Stir Fried Snow Peas Recipe
- 1 Non-stick cooking pan
- 1 Spatula
- 6 Bowls For the ingredients
- 1 Kitchen knife
- 1 Serving plate
- 1 Pair Chopsticks Is optional.
- 5 Tbsp Oil
- 250 Grams Snow Peas
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Pepper
- 1.5 Inch Ginger (Peeled)
- 14 Cloves Garlic
- 3 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
- 3 Tbsp Honey
- 2 Tbsp Seseme Seeds
- Chop the garlic and ginger into small pieces and keep aside
- Toast the sesame seeds in a non-stick pan over low heat till they are lightly golden-brown. Take them off and keep aside.
- In the same pan, heat up some oil on medium
- When the oil heats up, toss in the chopped garlic and ginger
- Sautee them for about a few minutes till you smell the heavenly fragrance of fried garlic
- Add in your trimmed and fresh snow peas
- Sprinkle in some salt and pepper, and stir fry them
- Add the soy sauce over the snow peas and continue stir frying them
- Drizzle some honey to contrast the overpowering saltiness from the soy sauce and salt
- Sautee and stir fry for another minute and cover the lid for about 3-5 minutes
- Plate the stir-fried snow peas and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds.