Sesame Garlic Snap Peas

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May 2, 2022

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 sautéed to a blister with a smoky char. You’re going to love this side dish!

The first thing you’ll want to do after washing your snap peas is to remove the tough string down the straighter side of the snap pea. This is highly recommended since the string is tough and, well, “stringy” 🙂 you don’t want to eat this! Just find where it starts at the tip of the pea and use your fingers to pull it down. It should come off in one piece!


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!

In a large sauté pan, heat 2 tbsp of neutral oil over high heat and add your snap peas. Sauté them for 3-4 minutes or until they are blistered and bright green.

Once the snap peas are nicely blistered and bright green, add your dry seasonings and fresh garlic. Continue cooking for 1 minute or until the garlic becomes fragrant. Finish it off with 1 tbsp of sesame oil and toss for another 30-seconds!


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 Garlic Snap Peas

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2


  • 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
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp neutral 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 neutral 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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