Spicy Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas
You have to try Spicy Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas; these are loaded with flavor from soy sauce, sesame oil, and Sriracha!
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Recently I talked about my profound affection for sugar snap peas, and I decided it might be fun to experiment with them as the starring ingredient in a stir-fried vegetable side dish. Not that I hadn’t stir-fried sugar snap peas before, but never like this with them sliced diagonally to reveal the tiny peas inside!
I have no idea where I got the idea of slicing the peas lengthwise for a stir-fry, but I loved these Spicy Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas. The pods cooked more quickly, and a few tiny peas spilled out, adding visual interest and a lot of sweet pea flavor to the finished dish. And the stir-fry sauce has soy sauce, sesame oil, and Sriracha Sauce bumping up the flavor! If you get those big bags of sugar snap peas and have a hard time using them, this might become your new favorite side dish.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- sugar snap peas
- soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link)
- sesame oil (affiliate link)
- Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link)
- fresh ginger root
- garlic cloves
- Peanut Oil (affiliate link)
- Black Sesame Seeds (affiliate link) or sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
Basic Rules for Stir-Fry Cooking
Many years ago I took a class in Chinese cooking and learned these basic rules for stir-frying. Even if you’ve never stir-fried, you can do it with these tips.
- Preheat the wok (or pan) before you add the oil.
- Season the oil (add slices of fresh garlic cloves and ginger root and stir-fry very briefly, just until they become fragrant.)
- Remember the importance of symmetry of cut (all pieces should be the same size for stir-fry cooking.)
- Have all ingredients cut and sauces mixed before you start to cook.
- Use very high heat and cook fast.
How to make this recipe:
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- The only part of making this that’s a tiny bit labor intensive is pulling off the string from each of the pods and then slicing them lengthwise on the diagonal. (The sugar snap peas actually have a string along each side, but on most of them I just snapped the stem and pulled one side off.)
- Whisk together soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link), sesame oil (affiliate link) and Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) to make the finishing sauce.
- Cut several slices of fresh ginger root and slice a couple of garlic cloves for “seasoning the oil.” Don’t skip this step, which adds a lot of flavor.
- Preheat the wok or heavy frying pan for about a minute, then add the oil.
- When the oil is very hot (shimmering), add the garlic and ginger slices and stir-fry just until they become fragrant, less than a minute. Remove garlic and ginger pieces before they start to brown.
- Add the sugar snap peas to the seasoned oil and stir-fry about 2 minutes, or until the peas are bright green and just starting to be cooked.
- Then add the sauce mixture and cook about 1-2 minutes more, stirring the entire time.
- Serve hot, sprinkled with Black Sesame Seeds (affiliate link) or sesame seeds if desired.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
For a low-carb meal, serve with Grilled Fusion Chicken or Chicken with Thai Curry Peanut Sauce.
More Recipes for Sugar Snap Peas:
Shrimp Stir-Fry with Snow Peas or Sugar Snap Peas from White on Rice Couple Crunchy Chopped Salad with Sugar Snap Peas ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen Sugar Snap Peas with Lemon Butter from A Veggie Venture Crunchy Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw with Sugar Snap Peas ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions: Stir-fried sugar snap peas like this are a great side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any type of low-glycemic or low-carb eating plan. Sugar Snap Peas aren’t super high in carbs, and they also have some fiber, so enjoy!
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