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Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas

December 10, 2018 (Last Updated: April 27, 2020)

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Delicious Sugar Snap Peas lightly sauteed with shallots and garlic and finished with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice. 

Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas on a small white plate.

These sauteed sugar snap peas are perfect for an every night meal and fancy enough to serve to guests at a holiday dinner. 

sugar snap peas, garlic, shallots, lemon, olive oil and sesame seeds on a white board.

I love sugar snap peas. My favorite way to eat them is just raw. I love munching on them one at a time. I often pack them in my lunch and eat them as a snack.

Sometimes, I want to serve these peas for dinner and that’s when cooking them with a bit of olive oil, shallots and garlic is the perfect thing. I also finish these peas off with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice and top them with toasted sesame seeds.

A bowl full of sauteed sugar snap peas topped with sesame seeds.

These peas couldn’t be any easier! If you don’t like sesame seeds, or don’t have any on hand, just leave them out. I love the sesame seeds, but this dish is flexible.

This recipe reminds me a bit of my green bean recipe. If you haven’t tried that one yet, you’ll want to check it out! It’s one of the most popular recipes on the blog.

What are Sugar Snap Peas?

Sugar snap peas are a cross between snow peas and garden peas. They have a nice round pea and the entire shell can be eaten. Sugar snap peas can be eaten raw or cooked. They have a sweet flavor. 

What is a great main dish to serve with these peas?

These peas are delicious served with just about any main dish. Some of my favorites are grilled flank steak, pan fried fish and lemon rosemary chicken


Sugar snap peas with toasted sesame seeds.

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A bowlful of sauteed sugar snap peas.

Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas

Fresh sugar snap peas sauteed with garlic and shallots.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Vegetable
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 67 kcal


  • 8 oz sugar snap peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon shallots (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (toasted)


  • Fill a sauce pan with water. Bring to a boil. Drop peas into boiling water for 45-60 seconds. Remove from water and plunge into ice water. When cooled, drain and set aside.
  • Put olive oil in a sautee pan over medium low heat. Add shallots and cook for one minute. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add drained peas.  Sautee for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Sprinkle with salt and squeeze 1/2 lemon over peas. Toss to coat.
  • Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds. 


Calories: 67kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 132mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 615IUVitamin C: 41.4mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1.4mg
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  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    December 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Well, now you’ve got me researching the difference between snow peas, garden peas and sugar snap peas! I never paid attention to the difference, but now I know. I think I prefer sugar snap peas since you can eat the whole thing. In my research, I came across a similar recipe by Ina Garten, however she didn’t use sesame seeds- too bad- I like sesame seeds! Thanks for your post!

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      December 18, 2018 at 4:35 am

      I like the sesame seeds too!

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    December 14, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Perfect side dish! Thanks for sharing!

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      December 18, 2018 at 4:35 am


  • Reply
    December 13, 2018 at 5:55 am

    I love sugar snap peas too, so sweet! And I love how yours retain their fresh green color. These will be lovely on the Christmas dinner table. Merry Christmas Kathy!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    December 12, 2018 at 6:18 am

    5 stars
    Love sugar snap peas! They’re so fresh, tasty and simple to prepare. Nice touch with the sesame seeds 🙂

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    [email protected]
    December 11, 2018 at 6:33 am

    5 stars
    Yep – I love them raw, too – but oh my – I love how you’ve dressed them up!!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    December 11, 2018 at 6:28 am

    5 stars
    We all need tasty sides like this one during the holiday season Kathy!

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    David @ Spiced
    December 10, 2018 at 5:51 am

    5 stars
    I absolutely love sugar snap peas! We often include them in our stir fries, but I like the idea of making them the star by themselves as a side dish. We make green beans with garlic + soy sauce, but I’m going to have to mix up that flavor profile and try this version out. Now I’m craving sugar snap peas!

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      December 14, 2018 at 5:45 am

      These would be great with garlic and soy! So many yummy possibilities!

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