Spicy Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and Sriracha

You have to try these Spicy Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas if you love sugar snap peas like I do and buy those big bags at Costco. And this tasty veggie side dish is low-glucemic,  gluten-free, dairy-free, and Vegan!

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Recently I talked about my profound affection for sugar snap peas, and I decided it might be fun to experiment with them as the starring ingredient in a stir-fried vegetable side dish.  Not that I hadn’t stir-fried sugar snap peas before, but never like this with them sliced diagonally to reveal the tiny peas inside.I have no idea where I got the idea of slicing the peas for a stir-fry, but I loved these Spicy Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and Sriracha.  The pods cooked more quickly, and a few tiny peas spilled out, adding visual interest and a lot of sweet pea flavor to the finished dish.

Many years ago I took Chinese cooking classes and this recipe follows the rules below that I first learned in that class. Even if you’ve never stir-fried, you can do it if you follow these rules.

Basic Rules for Stir-Fry Cooking

  1. Preheat the wok (or pan) before you add the oil.
  2. Season the oil (add slices of fresh garlic cloves and ginger root and stir-fry very briefly, just until they become fragrant.)
  3. Remember the importance of symmetry of cut (all pieces should be the same size for stir-fry cooking.)
  4. Have all ingredients cut and sauces mixed before you start to cook.
  5. Use very high heat and cook fast.

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The only part of making this that’s a little labor intensive is pulling off the string from each of the pods and then slicing them lengthwise on the diagonal.  (The sugar snap peas actually have a string along each side, but on most of them I just snapped the stem and pulled one side off.)

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Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil and Sriracha sauce to make the finishing sauce.

Spicy Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and Sriracha found on KalynsKitchen.com

Cut several slices of fresh ginger root and slice a couple of garlic cloves for “seasoning the oil.”  Don’t skip this step, which adds a lot of flavor.

Preheat the wok or heavy frying pan for about a minute, then add the oil.  When the oil is very hot (shimmering), add the garlic and ginger slices and stir-fry just until they become fragrant, less than a minute.

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Add the sugar snap peas to the seasoned oil and stir-fry about 2 minutes, or until the peas are bright green and just starting to be cooked.

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Then add the sauce mixture and cook about 1 minute more, stirring the entire time.

Spicy Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and Sriracha found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve hot, sprinkled with black sesame seeds if desired. For a low-carb meal, serve with Forbidden City ChickenGrilled Fusion Chicken, or Chicken Breasts with Cilantro and Red Thai Curry and Peanut Sauce.

More Recipes for Sugar Snap Peas:

Shrimp Stir-Fry with Snow Peas or Sugar Snap Peas from White on Rice Couple
Crunchy Chopped Salad with Sugar Snap Peas ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sugar Snap Peas with Lemon Butter from A Veggie Venture
Crunchy Napa Cabbage Asian Slaw with Sugar Snap Peas ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Spicy Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and Sriracha

These Spicy Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas make a delicious side dish that is low-glucemic,  gluten-free, dairy-free, and Vegan!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. sugar snap peas
  • 2  T soy sauce (can use low-sodium soy sauce if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp. sesame seed oil
  • 1 tsp.  Sriracha sauce
  • 2-3 slices fresh ginger root
  • 2 large garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 T peanut oil
  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds or sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Remove the strings from the each sugar snap pea by snapping the stem end and pulling the string down the side, then slice each one on the diagonal.  (The sugar snap peas actually have a string on each side, but on most of them I only removed the string from one side.)
  2. Mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, and Sriracha sauce in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Put the wok or heavy frying pan on the burner and preheat at least one minute.  (It should feel very hot if you hold your hand above the wok.)
  4. When wok is hot, add the oil and let it heat until the oil is shimmering (about 15-30 seconds, depending on how hot your stove gets.)
  5. Add the sliced ginger root and garlic and stir-fry just long enough so that they become fragrant and season the oil, then remove.  (Be careful not to brown the ginger and garlic or they will have a bitter taste.)
  6. Add the sliced sugar snap peas and cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until the peas turn bright green and are just starting to cook, about 2 minutes.
  7. Pour in the sauce mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce just starts to coat the peas, about 1 minute more.  (There will be some sauce in the bottom of the wok, but not much.)
  8. Serve hot, sprinkled with black sesame seeds or sesame seeds if desired.

Notes:

I had some of this left over and was pleasantly surprised at how great it tasted cold when I ate it for lunch the next day.  I started just having “a taste” of the cold leftover peas and ended up eating them all.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Stir-fried sugar snap peas like this are a great side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any type of low-glycemic eating plan. Sugar Snap Peas are super high in carbs, but in a dish like this where they’re the only ingredient they may not be suitable for a low-carb diet plan.

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