“Keep it simple” is the best motto with sugar snap peas. Learn how to cook snap peas, enhancing their crisp sweetness with a quick hot sauté.

Cast iron pan with cooked sugar snap peas and fresh dill.

Crunch! One of the easiest and best-tasting vegetables you’ll ever have, sugar snap peas are sweet, crispy, and so good! Make a bunch of them because these peas will disappear quickly. 

You’ll find that fresh sweet peas are best when they’re just very lightly cooked. They’re good to eat raw but a quick sauté in olive oil changes their color into a vivid green and really enhances the flavor. Try this recipe and tell me I’m wrong! 

The key is hot and quick. Overcooking turns the peas into a drab olive green, turning them limp and almost kind of bitter. Not good! Give them just a quick spin in a hot skillet and you’ll be amazed at the difference. 

About this recipe

I bet you can’t wait to learn how to cook snap peas! It’s quick and easy. All you’ll need is a skillet and your stove. The ingredient list is very short. Fresh dill adds great flavor to the peas but isn’t absolutely necessary. 

Prepare the rest of the meal first because you’ll only need about five minutes to cook the peas. 

Close up of cooked snap peas in a black skillet.

What you need

  • Sugar Snap Peas: If you want to save yourself some work, buy the kind that already have the strings removed! (I always do!)
  • Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper: Freshly ground black pepper is always best! Since this is a fairly simple recipe, the best choice is high-quality, flavorful olive oil, but other types of oil will work too, such as avocado or grapeseed oil.
  • Fresh Dill: Dry dill will work too, if it’s all you have. If you don’t like dill, you can leave it out all together, or add different seasonings. Garlic powder is delicious!
Overhead view of a small white strainer full of raw sugar snap peas.

How to prep snap peas

Rinse snap peas with water to clean them. You’ll want to remove the tough stringy part that runs along the sides of the pod. Sometimes peas come with the strings already removed but it’s easy to do yourself. Watch this short video if you’d like to see how it’s done. 

Sugar snap peas on a wooden surface in front of a small white strainer with more.

How to make this recipe your own

This recipe is so basic that it’s hard to suggest changes but here’s a few ideas:

  • Try a bit of lemon zest instead of dill, or add it with the dill.
  • Use the same “quick is better” technique to boil, steam, or microwave the peas. A quick blanching in boiling water (about 1 minute) is all you need. When the peas turn bright green, they’re ready to eat.
  • Rather roast them? Try Roasted Sugar Snap Peas, totally irresistible!
  • Instead of sugar snap peas, try snow peas or shelled garden peas. 
  • Sugar peas are great in a stir-fry because they love high heat and quick cooking. Try this easy Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry.
Sugar snap peas in a black and white skillet on a wooden surface.

Make-Ahead Ideas

Other than making sure the peas are de-stringed and washed, there’s not much you can do ahead. Oh yeah, you can chop the dill.

Storage Tips

If you happen to have leftovers, which is kind of unlikely, store the snap peas, covered, in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Reheating Suggestions

Actually, leftover snap peas are surprisingly good reheated if you don’t overcook them. Get a skillet good and hot and throw the peas in for just a minute or two to reheat, or microwave them briefly until warm.

Cooked snap peas with dill in a pan on a wooden surface with a blue and white linen.

More veggie gems

I would be just desolate if I didn’t have any vegetables on my plate. They’re the best part of the meal. Try:

Bright green sugar snap peas in a black skillet, garnished with fresh dill.

How to Cook Snap Peas - Easy Recipe!

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

"Keep it simple" is my motto with sugar snap peas. Learn how to cook snap peas, enhancing their crisp sweetness with a quick hot sauté.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed (see notes)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill (1 teaspoon, if using dried dill, use 1 teaspoon)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in  a large frying pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the peas, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until peas are tender but still crisp and bright green, about 5 minutes. It's better to err on the side of undercooking than overcooking.
  3. Sprinkle with fresh dill and serve immediately.

Notes

    • How to prep snap peas: Rinse snap peas with water to clean them. You'll want to remove the tough stringy part that runs along the sides of the pod. Sometimes peas come with the strings already removed but it’s easy to do yourself. Watch this short video if you'd like to see how it’s done. 
    • STORAGE TIPS: Store the snap peas, covered, in the refrigerator for up to four days.
    • REHEATING SUGGESTIONS: Get a skillet good and hot and throw the peas in for just a minute or two to reheat, or microwave them briefly until warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 of 5
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

RachelCooks.com sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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