Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas

published Mar 30, 2022
Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

This wildly easy side dish comes together in less than 15 minutes.


Prep5 minutes to 10 minutes

Cook3 minutes to 4 minutes

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sugar snap peas with salt on top in a silver frying pan with a wooden spoon
Credit: Kelli Foster

If you’re in the market for a wildly quick and easy, goes-with-anything side dish that comes together in under five minutes, the answer is snap peas. Sautéed in a fiery skillet with a glug of olive oil and finished with a squeeze of lemon, they make for a light and vibrant side with a tender, snappy bite and bright flavor.

How Do You Prepare Sugar Snap Peas?

The beauty of preparing sugar snap peas is that they don’t need a whole lot of effort or time — they hit your plate in under five minutes.

  1. Sauté the snap peas in a hot skillet with just a little bit of olive oil until they’re vibrant green and crisp-tender.
  2. Drizzle with lemon juice after removing the skillet from the heat.
  3. Serve.

Buying Sugar Snap Peas

Prime season for sugar snap peas is April through August, which is when you’re most likely to find them at the farmers market. However, they’re widely available at the grocery store (both bagged and loose), year-round.

Look for snap peas with a smooth, plump surface and vibrant green color, and avoid any that are soft, bruised, or browning, which are signs of spoilage. Remember that bigger isn’t always better, and this is true when it comes to snap peas. Try to avoid any that are much longer than two inches, as they tend to be tougher than their shorter counterparts.

Can You Eat the Skin of Sugar Snap Peas?

Yes! The skin on sugar snap peas is crisp and totally edible.

If you purchased loose snap peas from the farmers market or grocery store, chances are they’re not trimmed, so you may want to remove the stem and pull the string off the side, both of which can be tough. 

Credit: Kelli Foster

What to Serve with Sugar Snap Peas

Sautéed sugar snap peas are a light, fresh side that brighten everything else on the plate. Here are some of our favorite dinners to serve them with.

Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

This wildly easy side dish comes together in less than 15 minutes.

Prep time 5 minutes to 10 minutes

Cook time 3 minutes to 4 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 1 pound

    sugar snap peas

  • 2 teaspoons

    olive oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2

    medium lemon

  • Flaky salt, for serving (optional)


  1. If necessary, remove and discard the tough stem and string from 1 pound sugar snap peas.

  2. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the sugar snap peas, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook, tossing occasionally, until vibrant green and crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Remove the pan from the heat. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 medium lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) over the snap peas and toss to coat. Sprinkle with flaky salt if desired.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.