Sesame Garlic Snap Peas

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October 22, 2021

Appetizers Chinese Recipes Sides Vegetables Vegetarian

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!


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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.

Sesame Snap Peas

Servings 3


  • 1 lb sugar snap peas washed and trimmed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp msg optional
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp neutral oil I used avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil


  • 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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