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Hands-on Time
4 Mins
Total Time
12 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

For an easy side that's ready in less than 15 minutes, try Sauteed Snow Peas and Peppers. Only 3 ingredients are needed to enhance the fresh flavors of snow peas and red bell pepper.


How to Make It

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon sesame oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add snow peas and bell pepper to pan; sauté for 4 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Drizzle vegetable mixture with remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper, and toss well to combine.

Ratings & Reviews

Quick -- and Tasty

February 26, 2017
Made these as a side to "Spicy Basil Chicken" and "Brown Rice with Sesame" (both from this site) and they were great.  Had to make a few modifications, however.  Didn't use the peppers (neither DH or I care for them) and added minced garlic per another reviewer.  Somehow couldn't get the cooking down right; ended up adding a little water and a lid to finish off the peas.  Worked like a charm and the peas were still crunchy.

The red dog barks at midnight

February 17, 2017
Good dependable side that's a breeze to make.  Great as a side for any stir fry.


July 25, 2015
Great and super easy side dish. I love sesame oil, so this hit the spot! I omitted the red bell this time. I think mushrooms could also be delicious with the snow peas.

daneanp's Review

December 01, 2013
I think this is a nice, easy side dish that could be varied depending on what you had fresh on hand to go along with the snow peas. I'd like to add some garlic and/or minced ginger too.

steponme's Review

September 07, 2013
This is another one of those simple recipes with great flavor. Great side.

PrimeSuspect's Review

January 13, 2013

JeffAxelrod's Review

September 23, 2012
Simple and delicious. I didn't have red peppers on hand, so just used the snow peas. I cranked up the heat quite high in my non-stick pan to get more of a stir-fry. I probably killed the neighbor's canary in the process, but it made for a delicious side! The flavor of the toasted sesame oil does diminish significantly after cooking, so be sure to add some at the end as directed. Definitely err on the lower side of the oil though--as the other reviewers say, it does come out quite oily if cooked as directed.

erikisst's Review

July 14, 2012
I always reduce the amount of oil in recipes and did so here as well. The taste of the sesame oil with the crispness of the veggies was delish! It was so quick and easy. Will make a lot more for sure!

JackieP021's Review

May 01, 2012
Recipes like these remind me that vegetables don't have to be boring. I used to think the only way to serve them was steamed. Thanks Cooking Light! I agree with skspillman, the peas were a bit oily. I might stir them in with the sesame brown rice.

Riggenbach's Review

April 18, 2012
Very good and easy. I used frozen sugar snap peas.