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Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas

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Sauteed sugar snap peas are such a simple 10-minute side dish recipe.

Seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper, these sugar snap peas are just so great—and great for you! There is no need for any special tools; just a skillet, and you are on your way.

Olive oil skillet sauteed sugar snap peas with garlic and matchstick carrots

When it comes to working with peas, green beans, and even carrots, there are so many ways you can dial up the flavor.

From lemon seasonings to balsamic, sweet molasses, or the simple taste of garlic, creating delicious side dish options is so simple. While I am a big fan of side dish casseroles and crock pot veggies, there is no need to mega plan to create a simple 15-minute vegetable side dish that compliments your chicken dinner. 

I love sugar snap peas. They are kind of fun to eat with that little crunch and are not something I eat often, so I always enjoy them.

These sauteed sugar snap peas are also easily converted to snow peas; no matter what, you can expect a simple and flavorful side without too much work.

Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas

These sugar snap peas serve four and are a really quick side dish to make! Sugar snap peas are also low-carb and paleo! If you are on a specific nutritional diet, just eliminate or substitute the carrots and make them as normal.

Regarding being keto-friendly, there is a lot of debate on what is considered a safe carb count for KETO, so check with your nutritional app to make that decision.

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 12 oz. package of frozen sugar snap peas
  • green onions (approximately 3 stems)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup matchstick carrots
  • Salt and pepper to taste
frozen sugar snap peas, minced garlic, matchstick carrots, and onions in skillet

Are sugar snap peas and edamame the same thing? 

Nope! Sugar snap peas and edamame are not the same plant. 

What is the difference between Sugar Snap Peas and Snow Peas?

Snow peas are flat, but you can eat the pods on them as well.

How to make Sugar Snap Peas in a Skillet

  • There is no need for fresh sugar snap peas in this recipe. Grab a bag of frozen ones to keep it easy.
  • Add olive oil, frozen sugar snap peas, chopped or diced green onion, and fresh minced garlic to a large skillet.
  • Heat your vegetables and seasonings over medium heat, stirring your sugar snap peas frequently for about 5 minutes, so they become nice and cooked through.
  • Season your vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove the sugar snap peas from the heat, and stir in (optional) mint leaves for something extra.
sauteed sugar snap peas in skillet with garlic and matchstick carrots being stirred by a wooden spoon

Sugar Snap Recipe Variations

  • Add a bit of chopped mint
  • Add a bit of chopped cilantro
  • Lemon and Pepper
  • Add them to stir-fry
  • Substitute carrots for asparagus, mushrooms, or white onions

More Unique “Pea” Recipes

Peas are not just sugar snap peas; we have black-eyed peas (which are actually beans), creamy peas, or simple regular peas in pea salad!

Here are some other side dish options for you to choose from if you are looking for a pea recipe.

  1. Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas: Slow Cooker black-eyed peas are the perfect after-holiday no-cooking and no-baking dish! Using up your leftover ham or turkey, this “Hoppin John” recipe is a dump-and-go! Full of delicious Southern flavors like deep spices and garlic, you can serve flavorful black-eyed peas right over rice or cornbread.
  2. Creamed Peas in a Skillet: Creamed Peas with bacon are a delicious, thick, creamy, sweet pea side dish that compliments almost every meal. Perfect for a large crowd or holiday, you can find creamed peas a fantastic option to pair up with various side dishes and, at under 20 minutes to make, worth your time. Fancy taste, easy recipe!
  3. Black Eyed Pea Salad with Bacon: Southern Caviar black-eyed peas are a delicious black-eyed pea salad that mingles together bacon, onions, garlic, and a beat of heat—a truly Authentic Southern side dish recipe that will make you feel like you walked right into your favorite restaurant.
  4. Creamy Bacon Pea Salad: Creamy pea pasta salad is a delicious blend of Ranch seasoning, mayo, crunchy bacon, and cheese to pull together this filling, tasty, and easy side salad. The soft mini pasta shells are the perfect filling combination with fresh or frozen peas. This can’t-go-wrong creamy pasta salad dish will have everyone begging for seconds!
  5. Pea Salad Recipe with Red Onions and Cheese Pea Salad with Red Onions and Cheese is a quintessential recipe for spring and summer with its creamy texture and taste.  And talk about an easy recipe! If you can mix, you can make, meaning this pea salad is done in minutes to free you up for summer fun.
delicious sugar snap peas recipe with garlic and matchstick carrots

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Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas with Garlic

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Sauteed sugar snap peas, simple 10 minute side dish recipe done right in a skillet. Simply seasoned in garlic, salt and pepper, skillet stove top sugar snap peas are a healthy choice to keep you on track while still enjoying your vegetables!


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 12 oz frozen sugar snap pea
  • chopped green onions 3 stalks
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup matchstick carrots
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add olive oil, frozen sugar snap peas, chopped green onion, and minced garlic to a large skillet.
  • Heat sugar snap peas over medium heat, stirring frequently to coat and saute the peas and carrots for about 5 minutes.
  • Season to taste salt and pepper.
  • Remove side dish from heat
  • Serves 4


Substitute: Don’t love carrots? Substitute carrots for sliced white mushrooms, larger slices of white onion, or even cut up asparagus.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 95mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g

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