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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas with Shallot & Ginger

I just love fresh peas, but sometimes when I am shelling what feels like kilos of pea pods I wish that I could just eat the whole darn thing. So, this week, when I was feeling sufficiently shelled-out, I rejoiced at the sight of snap peas at the farmers market. Delicious, sweet peas, and almost no prep work! Hooray!

Sugar snap peas are crunchy, sweet (as the name suggests) little vegetables that are totally edible, pod and all. They are a very good source of many vitamins and nutrients, including Vitamin A & C, Folate, Magnesium and Dietary Fiber. Snap peas can be eaten steamed, sauteed or, when they are just super fresh, they are absolutely delicious (and addictive) eaten raw. But since raw snap peas wouldn't make much of a recipe, I'm posting one of my other favorite ways to eat them: sauteed with shallots, ginger and lime juice. This dish is so simple and easy to prepare (it literally takes less than 10 minutes to throw this together) and is crazy flavorful.

I made these as a side dish last night and mistakenly put them in a communal bowl for my husband and I to share and, before I knew it, he had devoured well over half the bowl. Next time I'll divvy the portion up beforehand!

Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas with Shallot & Ginger

1/2 lb. sugar snap peas
1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 shallot, minced
1/2" piece fresh ginger

splash of vegetable stock or water
salt & pepper to taste
juice from 1/2 lime

Snap the stem end off of the snap peas and pull the string down the long side of pea. Heat sesame oil in a pan and saute the shallot over medium-low heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Grate the ginger into the
pan and combine with the shallot. Add the snap peas and raise the heat slightly. If the shallot and ginger begins to stick to the bottom of the pan, hit the pan with the splash of stock or water to loosen the bits and prevent burning. Continue cooking for a about 2-3 mins until snap peas are a beautiful vibrant green and still crunchy. Season to taste with salt and pepper and finish with lime juice.

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