Sugar Snap Peas with Fresh Mint and Butter

Posted on 30 July 2012 | 2 comments | share this

There is something very special about a fresh pea straight from the garden. The taste instantly transports me back to warm summer days as a kid out in the garden picking and eating peas off the vine, really the best way to eat them. But a little butter and fresh mint certainly doesn’t hurt either. This recipe is really not so much a recipe but just a few simple ingredients that come together to sum up summer cooking: fresh, flavourful and simple. This is what I love about cooking locally and seasonally. When you have the best ingredients picked at their peak they really require very little preparation, if any at all. Simple preparation really lets the raw ingredients shine.

This pea dish was inspired by a recent trip to Portland where we dined with dear friends at a restaurant by the name of Ned Ludd. The restaurant is very much influenced by the seasons and commited to supporting local producers. It was here that I had my first sugar snap peas of the season and where they were treated very simply with butter and mint. I was so taken with the peas that I ordered them again for dessert.

It wasn’t until a few weeks later that peas started to pop up at my local farmers’ market. Every week since I have been buying peas from Delaney and Alisha from Ice Cap Organics who grow beautiful peas (and lots of other veggies too) in Pemberton, B.C. Their sugar snap peas are so sweet, crunchy and delicious. Yum.

So if you happen to have some peas in the garden or a great farmer who is growing them, give this recipe idea a try before they are gone again until next summer.

Sugar Snap Peas with Fresh Mint and Butter

Serves 4

1 pound sugar snap peas

1 good Tbsp unsalted butter

a handful of mint leaves, cut or torn into small pieces

a pinch of salt

Remove the stem ends of the peas and the strings.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is warm, add the butter and then the peas. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of salt. Stir occasionally and cook the peas until they turn a brilliant green. About 2-3 minutes. The peas will still be nice and crunchy.

Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle with the fresh mint. Enjoy straight away as the peas will get soft and the mint will brown.


  • Peas for dessert?! I don’t know what to make of this… 😉

  • Yes, I know. I surprised myself!

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