Sesame Garlic Snap Peas

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Let me show you how I make one of my favorite side dishes – Sesame Garlic Snap Peas! The naturally sweet snap peas get taken to the next level when they’re sauteed to a blister with a smokey char. You’re going to love this dish!


Sesame Garlic Snap Peas – I love the wok hei from this super quick and easy side dish. Enjoy! #cjeatsrecipes #snappeas #wokcooking #easyrecipes

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My favorite neutral oil is avocado oil, but you can also use canola or vegetable oil! I don’t use olive oil when cooking Chinese food for two reasons: 1. It has a low burning point and 2. I find that the flavor profile does not usually go with the dish.

As always, this is optional 🙂

The drizzle of sesame oil at the end is the perfect nutty finish to the dish – I highly recommend you don’t skip it!


Once you’ve washed your sugar snap peas, make sure to trim the ends. Once you do so, you might notice a thread on either side. If you do, pull the thread down to remove. This simple step will make your snap peas taste better and look more palatable.

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5 from 2 votes

Sesame Snap Peas

Servings: 3



  • Wash and trim your snap peas by taking the tough string off the back of the peas.
  • Chop your garlic, then in a bowl add kosher salt, white pepper, sugar, and msg and set aside.
  • Over medium high heat, add 2 tbsp of avocado oil and saute your snap peas for 3-4 minutes or until nicely blistered and bright green.
  • Immediately add your garlic and seasonings and stir fry for 1 minute, adding a touch more oil if necessary to help saute the garlic.
  • Finally, add 1 tbsp of sesame oil then toss for another 30 seconds and enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    Love this side!!!! Family ate it up. The seasoning is so universal I use it for bok choy, broccoli, any veggie really. Thanks for the recipe!!!