Snow Peas have been in season and what better way to celebrate this delicious vegetable than with a new recipe. I concocted this side dish with only one thing in mind: showcase the natural, delicate sweetness of the peas in the simplest manner possible. Thus, Mai’s Garlic Snow Peas was born! Excuse my dramatics, I simply love eating snow peas. On to the recipe…
4 cups Snow Peas – I like to peel the strings out of the peas. To do this, use a knife to cut the edge of the snow pea and pull across the bottom. A string should come off the edge of the pea. Do this on both sides of the pea.
3-4 Garlic Cloves, roughly diced
2 1/2 tbsp Mirin
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt, to taste – I use 2 pinches.
Start by heating the olive oil in a saute pan at medium heat. Add the garlic to the oil, stirring constantly until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
Add the Snow Peas. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
When the peas start to glisten and turn a brighter green, add the mirin and salt. Continue to cook until the mirin is almost completely evaporated, stirring frequently. This should take another 5 minutes, and the peas should deepen in color.
Serve them nice and hot. This recipe has a lot of room for variation. Other ideas: add some red pepper to spice it up!
If you have a suggestion to add to this recipe, please comment and I’ll try it out.