This super quick and easy snap pea recipe is the perfect addition for any meal. The snap peas are blanched and sauced in just under 5 minutes – perfect for a weeknight meal, snack, or holiday side-dish.
I was provided products from Mann’s Fresh Vegetables for review. As always, all opinions are my own.
I was recently gifted a box of bagged fresh veggies from Mann’s Fresh Vegetables, which included sugar snap peas and a broccoli slaw with cauliflower, cabbage and kohlrabi. My husband was elated because snap peas are legit his favourite snacky vegetable. In their raw state, I’ll kindly pass (unless freshly picked from the garden, in which case I will only eat the peas inside the pods and toss the pods to compost). The only exception to that rule is this recipe. I could (and have) made a full recipe and ate it as an afternoon snack. Ideally though, this recipe is intended to be served as a side-dish.
With Thanksgiving creeping up ever so quickly, it’s a great time to start thinking of your menu. Chances are, your celebrations will be on a smaller scale this year, but that doesn’t mean your meal has to be lacklustre. You may need to cut back on quantities but you don’t have to cut back on flavour. It’s amazing the flavour bombs you can create with a few common ingredients. This recipe for Sweet and Spicy Snap Peas uses Mann’s Fresh Vegetables Sugar Snap Peas, soy sauce, Thai Sweet Chili Sauce and sesame oil and really packs a punch that’s sure to please.
One important aspect of planning a holiday meal is that it includes recipes that are convenient and truly quick and easy – I’m talking 5 minutes or less, start to finish. This recipe fits that bill. I love that I can buy a big bag of fresh snap peas from Mann’s any time of year. They make it so easy to get a variety of fresh veggies even through these colder Canadian months. When it comes to time, these snap peas take a quick 1 minute blanch, followed immediately by being tossed in a three ingredient sauce and it’s table-ready.
This is the kind of recipe that can be modified to suit your tastes. Sweet chili sauce has a mild heat to it, so if you like a little spice, you can add sriracha or a chilli sauce such as sambal to bump it up. If you want to add a little extra crunch, some chopped peanuts would make a great addition, too. I’ve also been known to add a little extra sweet chilli sauce when I want an extra saucy snack or side. If you have leftovers, they’re also great eaten cold as a snack.
Sweet and Spicy Snap Peas
- 1 bag snap peas 425 grams
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp Thai sweet chili sauce
- 1 Tbsp Soy sauce
- toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- sriracha or chili sauce, optional
- Blanch peas in boiling water for 1 1/2 mins. You want them to be tender-crisp.
- Drain and set aside.
- In the same pot over medium-low heat, add sesame oil, sweet chili sauce and soy sauce. Mix to combine. If you want the peas to be a bit spicier, add a small amount of sriracha or a chili sauce such as sambal.
- Add peas back to pot and stir until evenly coated and nicely glazed.
- Transfer to serving dish, top with sesame seeds and serve warm.