Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas


Serves: 2, can be multiplied
sauteéd sugar snap peas


Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas with seasonings.

By Alysha Melnyk

Sugar snap peas are a cross between snow peas and garden peas. The entire sugar pea pod can be enjoyed either raw (great paired with hummus or another favorite dip) or slightly cooked to preserve the sweet flavor and signature crunchy texture. Once the peas are destemmed and string removed, it takes less than 10 minutes to quickly prepare and sauté these peas for a side dish or light snack.


Sugar Snap Peas before they are cooked.

Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas

  1. First, destem and destring your sugar snap peas.
  2. Heat your olive oil in a sauté pan on medium/medium high heat for a few minutes until warm.
  3. Add sugar snap peas and sauté (tossing occasionally) for around five minutes. Sugar snap peas will turn an even brighter green color, and this method will preserve the sweetness and crunchiness while slightly tenderizing the pea. 
  4. If you want the peas to be softer in texture, sauté them for around 10-15 minutes. A longer sautéing time will remove most of the “crunch” if that is desired.
  5. Add salt, pepper, and other seasonings/herbs as desired.
  6. Perfect as a snack or side dish. Enjoy!


A close up view of sautéed sugar snap peas.

Alysha Melnyk is the Founder and Content Creator of The Kitchenologist©, a food blog dedicated to healthy eating and kitchen experiments. Alysha combined her background in biology with her passion for making food delicious, eye-catching, and accessible. When she’s not cooking in the kitchen or dreaming up a recipe, Alysha works full time as an Implementation Manager at ECRI, an international medical nonprofit located in suburban Philadelphia that is dedicated to improving patient safety worldwide. Alysha finds her many career passions revolve around the power of knowledge and that equipping people with the right tools and resources will help them make better informed decisions.

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