Sesame Sugar Snap Peas

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April 29, 2014 | Issue 502

Snack Smart

Sesame Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas are sweet, crunchy and a great healthy snack or side. They’re high in vitamins A, C and K, as well as fiber. Roasting helps bring out their sweetness even more. Glazed with soy sauce, red pepper flakes and sesame seeds, these pods are a great way to add extra veggies to your diet in a delicious way.

Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 90 calories, 4 g total fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 11 g carbohydrate,
3 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 140 mg sodium.

  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 lb. sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame seed oil (can use toasted sesame seed oil)
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
    1 tsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds


  1. Place oven rack in highest position and preheat broiler.
  2. In mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil and garlic. Add snap peas and toss to coat well.
  3. On baking dish, place snap peas in single layer. Broil until tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  4. While peas are cooking, mix together soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper flakes and honey.
  5. After removing snap peas from oven, gently toss with soy sauce mixture. Garnish with sesame seeds.
  6. Serve hot or chilled as side dish. Hot is most common.

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Grocery list

Olive oil
Garlic, finely minced
Sugar snap peas, trimmed
Reduced-sodium soy sauce
Sesame seed oil (can use toasted sesame seed oil)
Red pepper flakes or to taste
Toasted sesame seeds

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Unlike edamame, you can eat the whole snap pea pod. Just be sure to trim the ends and pull the string off before you cook them.

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