Our Lemon Mint Sugar Snap Peas Recipe is bursting with the springtime flavors of fresh mint and lemon. These sugar peas will brighten up any holiday or spring menu.
Sugar Snap Peas Recipe
Our Lemon Mint Sugar Snap Peas Recipe is a sure sign that spring has arrived. Bright lemon and fresh mint flavors are a perfect warm weather combination.
There’s nothing quite like the crisp crunch of a springtime sugar snap pea and it’s fresh sweet flavor. These crispy peas are a great nutrition source packed with:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
Add in springtime leeks for a delicate sweet onion flavor. Your guests will be so thankful that spring has arrived along with our buttery sugar snap peas!
In the same family as garlic and onions, leeks have a mild sweet flavor adding just a subtle hint of a delicate sweet onion. Leeks are great sautéed or even eaten raw in your salad.
Leeks are a good source of:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
How to cook sugar snap peas
- Melt butter
- Add leeks and cook until they begin to soften
- Add wine and cook 1 minute
- Stir in sugar snap peas and cook until tender crisp
- Top with fresh mint and lemon zest
Sugar Snap Peas FAQ’s
What is a sugar snap pea?
The sugar snap pea, which is also known as a snap pea, is considered an edible-pod pea with thick pod walls. Each pod contains between 3-8 peas and you eat both the pod and it’s peas.
How do you eat sugar snap peas?
You can eat sugar snap peas raw or cooked. They can be cooked in stir-fries or sauteed until tender crisp. Snap peas can also be steamed or blanched.
Before eating sugar snap peas, be sure to remove the stringy seams.
How to buy sugar snap peas?
When buying sugar snap peas look for crisp firm pods that look full.
Snap peas should be vibrant in color and not have any dark marks or discolorations.
A farmers market is a great place to buy fresh sugar snap peas.
Or you can be like me and go for convenience. I like to indulge a bit and purchase packaged stringless sugar snap peas that can be found in your produce section. Having the strings already removed saves precious minutes of prep time in the kitchen.
How long do sugar snap peas last in the fridge?
Snap peas will last about 5 days in the refrigerator.
How do you store snap peas?
Snap peas will stay fresh in the refrigerator when stored in a resealable plastic food storage bag. If a snap pea begins to discolor or lose it’s firmness you should discard it.
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Substitute chicken broth for the white wine
- Garnish with fresh edible flowers
- Add freshly minced garlic
- Stir in thinly sliced fresh basil in addition to the fresh mint or as a substitution
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- Butter – adds flavor and body to the light sauce
- Leek – provides a sweet onion flavor
- kosher salt
- white wine – adds flavor and forms a sauce
- sugar snap peas – tender crisp vegetable
- fresh mint – adds fresh springtime flavor
- lemon zest – lends a bright citrus note
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In large skillet melt butter over medium-high heat.
Add leeks, kosher salt and pepper and cook until just softened, 3-4 minutes.
Add wine and boil 1 minute.
Stir in sugar snap peas. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until tender-crisp, 5-7 minutes.
Remove from heat. Transfer to serving dish and top with mint and lemon zest.
Makes 4 cups/4 servings/ 1 cup per serving.