25 Delightful Snap Pea Recipes
Snap peas offer a wonderfully sweet taste and a crisp texture, making them a fantastic addition to any savory dish. They also make a great snack when blanched and served with a favorite creamy dip. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy them all spring and summer long.
Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas with Chile, Lemon, and Mint
Mint adds a fresh finish to this side dish, but fresh chopped thyme or oregano leaves will also pair well with the snap peas.
Snap Pea Salad with Whipped Ricotta
Look for pea tendrils or shoots at your farmers market or Asian markets; if you can't find them, substitute watercress or arugula.
Pea Pappardelle Pasta
Sugar snaps, green peas, and pea shoots enrich this dish with sweet flavor and a bounty of pleasing textures. Look for pea shoots at your local farmers market or Asian market, or substitute watercress.
Zucchini and Shrimp Cakes with Snap Pea Relish
Just a little shrimp goes a long way in these spring-inspired cakes. If using frozen shrimp, make sure to thaw completely before peeling and chopping; otherwise the shrimp will fall apart. You can use fresh basil instead of tarragon.
Fennel and Sugar Snap Pea Orecchiette
Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Charred Asparagus and Snap Peas
Schulson reserves some marinade to serve as the sauce, saving time and uniting flavors. For extra charred flavor, cook the veggies in a cast-iron skillet directly on the grill instead of the stovetop.
Soba Noodle Salad with Pork, Snap Peas, and Radishes
Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs
Our one-pot primavera brings together seasonal favorites: fresh herbs, crunchy sugar snap peas, and sweet peas. Combining ricotta cheese with the salty water left over from boiling the pasta makes a super-easy, creamy sauce.
Orzo with Snap Peas, Cilantro and Peanuts
The whole-wheat orzo is a healthier alternative than traditional pasta. Highlight the blank canvas of orzo with quick sauteed sugar snap peas, earthy chopped cilantro, tangy rice vinegar and buttery peanuts. This vegetarian pasta side dish can be served hot or cold making it the perfect picnic addition or grab-and-go lunch. Add shredded chicken or sauteed shrimp with lemon to make this orzo a one pot meal.
Grilled Corn and Snap Pea Salad
You can assemble this salad the day before you plan to serve it, but toss in dressing just before serving to keep Andrew Zimmern's salad as crisp as he intended.
Pasta alla Gricia with Silvered Sugar Snap Peas
"Pasta alla gricia is a very simple Roman pasta dish consisting of guanciale (cured pork jowl) and pecorino. As I do with many traditional Italian dishes, I use the classic as a springboard for improvisation," says chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene's in Portland. "Here I add very thinly sliced snap peas, which creates an amazing texture as well as adds a fresh green note to the otherwise quite rich pasta. And I use my Cacio e Pepe Butter as a perfect shortcut, once again demonstrating that a well-stocked larder means delicious food in minutes."
Blistered Snap Peas with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette, Roasted Cashews, and Basil
"We like to use fish sauce in nontraditional ways, letting it enhance dishes more firmly rooted in French, Italian, and even South American cooking," says Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton. For instance, she and Greg Denton may substitute fish sauce for anchovies in Caesar dressing or splash it into a slow-simmered braise to develop depth. They like to serve this dish as a side to a variety of grilled meats and seafood, but may love it even more served over steamed rice with extra chopped cashews for a light and healthy one-bowl meal.
Chili-Garlic Shrimp with Coconut Rice and Snap Peas
Shrimp cook quickly (under 5 minutes), and a big batch takes just a couple of minutes more than a small one. Reheat for just a minute, or the shrimp may become rubbery. For even more coconut flavor, replace the 1/4 cup water in the rice mixture with coconut water.
Shrimp, Snap Pea, and Chervil Salad
This salad is easy to vary depending on what you have on hand; crumbled fresh goat cheese, chicken, or smoked trout can all be subbed in for the shrimp. It's especially refreshing when the ingredients are cold.
Tortellini with Snap Peas and Pesto
Taste the snap and crunch of springtime in this easy weeknight pasta dish.
Spring Chicken and Snap Pea Soup
Tender-crisp peas add a bright bite to this comfort food staple. Serve with warm biscuits.
Salmon with Snap Peas, Bacon, and Mint
This company-worthy dish is all about the interplay of rich and fresh flavors. And there's almost no more delicious way to eat snap peas than sautéed in crème fraîche.
Seared Scallops with Snap Peas and Pancetta
Sauteed snap peas, pancetta, and shallots make a speedy but sophisticated accompaniment to seared scallops.
Seared Scallop Gemelli with Asparagus, Snap Peas, and Pecorino
The twisted shape of the gemelli makes it the perfect pairing for the chunky vegetables and scallops in this seafood-and-pasta duo of Seared Scallop Gemelli with Asparagus, Snap Peas, and Pecorino
Quick Fried Brown Rice with Shrimp and Snap Peas
Stir up your weeknight meal routine by serving up 20-minute Quick Fried Brown Rice with Shrimp and Snap Peas.
Lemony Sugar Snap Peas with Avocado
Barbecue Salmon and Snap Pea Slaw
Crisp sugar snap peas, radishes, and shallots combine for a beautiful side salad and an interesting twist on slaw.
Blistered Snap Peas with Mint
Get a skillet really, really hot before adding the snap peas; they make a fun popping sound when they hit the pan. Then put the skillet straight into a hot oven, tossing the peas every few minutes so they don't burn.
Lemony Snap Peas
Lemony Snap Peas deliver citrusy flavor in a snap!