8-Minute Asian Peas Stir-Fry with Sesame Seeds

8-Minute Asian Peas-Stir-Fry with Sesame SeedsYes, 8 minutes. I guarantee you can make this dish like a pro in just 8 minutes or even less. Asian peas, such as snow peas and sugar snap peas can be eaten raw. This way they’re an absolutely fabulous healthy snack to munch on. Beside snacks and salads, they make a great side dish when stir-fried in hot oil for a couple minutes.

8-Minute Asian Peas Stir-Fry with Sesame SeedsWho doesn’t like the vivid emerald color? Recently, Brad picked some snow peas and sugar snap peas from our garden. They are crunchy and juicy. Once I stir-fry them in a small amount of oil over high heat, they turned this lovely emerald green.

Here are my tips to make sure you prepare this dish like a pro every time.

  • Don’t cook the peas so long that they become soft. If you start seeing a little bit water come out from the pods, that means they are overcooked.
  • If you have a cast iron pan, you can turn off the heat after the peas are in the pan for approximately 1 minute. The remaining heat is absolutely sufficient to cook them. You definitely don’t want to overcook them.

8-Minute Asian Peas Stir-Fry with Sesame SeedsYou can sprinkle on some sea salt to taste. The addition of roasted sesame seeds at the end is more than just an eye-catching garnishing. You’ll love the rich nutty and earthy flavor combined with the crunchy and crispy texture.

8-Minute Asian Peas Stir-Fry with Sesame SeedsBy the way, you probably want to trim off the ends and the stems before frying them, especially if you have a toddler. I kept them on only for photographic purposes. You guessed right. All of those stems and ends are great gestures in food photography. Ever since I read Lindsay’s Tasty Food Photography, I really got excited about taking good pictures. Besides delivering healthy recipes, photography became part of my blogging life.

8-Minute Asian Peas Stir-Fry with Sesame Seeds
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Tools: A 12-inch cast iron skillet, measuring spoons
Recipe type: Vegetables
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 2-4 servings
  • 1 lb Asian sugar snap peas or snow peas
  • ½ tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoons roasted white sesame seeds
  1. Trim off the ends of the peas.
  2. Heat a skillet over high heat until smoky hot. Add oil and wait for 15 to 30 seconds until the oil is hot. Add the peas and stir continuously.
  3. Cast Iron Skillet Method: remove the skillet from heat after one minute. The remaining heat from the skillet is sufficient to cook the peas. Stir for an additional minute until the peas turn bright green.
  4. Regular Skillet Method: cook the peas over high heat for 2 minutes and stir continuously until the peas turn bright green.
  5. Stir in salt and sesame seeds. Transfer the cooked peas into a serving dish immediately.


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