Crisp, crunchy, bright green, and oh-so-yummy, snap peas are jam-packed with flavor and super fast to make!

Sugar snap peas are perfect from the farmers market but they’re a great choice to buy at the grocery all year long too! They’re fresh and crisp great cooked or raw!

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Sugar Snap Peas vs. Snow Peas

We love to eat sugar snap peas as a snack right out of the garden but they’re great in stir-fry recipes or even salads.

Snap peas should not be confused with snow peas!

Snow pea pods are flatter and snap pea pods are more rounded. Snap peas are definitely juicer with larger peas inside and they’re a bit sweeter.

You can eat the entire pod (and peas) of both varieties and either variety can be used interchangeably in most recipes.

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How to Cook Snap Peas

The bold flavors of garlic & ginger are mixed with soy sauce and sesame seeds to create the sauce for this dish!

  1. Saute garlic and ginger in olive oil (per recipe below).
  2. Add snap peas and soy sauce. Cook until tender (about 5 min).
  3. Add in sesame oil, garnish with sesame seeds and serve.

Additions: Add in some chopped canned water chestnuts, toasted crushed peanuts, or a dash of red pepper flakes!

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Serve With…

This easy recipe has some bold flavors and it pairs well with simple dishes like baked chicken breasts or grilled salmon. We love to serve them with a side of white or brown rice too.

Easy Veggie Sides

Did you love these Sesame Garlic Snap Peas? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

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Sesame Ginger Snap Peas

These Sesame Garlic Snap Peas are the perfect side for any meal and the best part is it only takes about 10 minutes to make!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 4
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger fresh, shredded
  • 3 cups snap peas
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil


  • Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook just until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add in snap peas and soy sauce. Cook 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until snap peas are tender crisp. Remove from heat and toss with sesame seeds and sesame oil.


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
Reheat in a frying pan on medium heat until warmed through. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 82 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 799IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Trisha, but that should work just fine. The cook time may need to be adjusted and they may not turn out as crisp. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  1. Hi, these sound amazing. My question is, is the sesame oil the toasted oil or is it the actual oil that is mostly clear like veg oil?

    1. Yum! I was looking for something to go with a lemon dill salmon filet and this was perfect. Toasted the sesame seeds for a few minutes in the skillet before making the recipe. Also used gluten-free tamari in place of the soy sauce. So good!5 stars

  2. The snap peas turned out excellent! Thank you for the recipe, and thank you to my neighbor for his garden!

  3. I was gifted a bag of snap peas today and so I decided to make this recipe. I’m really glad I did because I love the outcome! It smelled so amazing when roasting and the flavors really complement each other.
    Thanks for the recipe :)

  4. We’re making some sticky garlic sesame wings tonight and I bet this would taste good with it. Love how simple this recipe is!

  5. Sesame, ginger and garlic are at the heart of most amazing stir-fries. Your snap peas side would make for a great addition. I love snap peas. In fact most of the time I snack on them. I will use this recipe to cook them when having them for dinner.

  6. What a delicious looking side dish! I keep my ginger in the fridge, because I never go through it fast enough. It sure does add a flavor punch though. Looking forward to trying this dish!

  7. This recipe looks simple and delicious – a winning combo in my book! I’m always looking for quick and easy side dish recipes so I’m glad to have found this one! Thanks for sharing! (P.S. Big ginger fan here too! :) )