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Orange Ginger Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

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This easy sugar snap peas recipe is an amazing easy, quick and delicious side dish recipe the entire family will love. You only need a few minutes and a few ingredients like ginger, orange zest, and fresh mint to make this flavorful and vibrant side dish that will easily pair with any Asian themed meal you serve.

This easy Orange Ginger Sugar Snap Peas Recipe is an amazing easy, quick and delicious side dish recipe the entire family will love.  You only need a few minutes and a few ingredients like ginger, orange zest, and fresh mint to make this flavorful and vibrant side dish that will easily pair with any Asian themed meal you serve.
bowl with sugar snap peas with orange and mint
sugar snap peas in bowl with orange and mint

For me, side dish recipes need to be amazingly easy – mostly because I often forget about them until the last possible second. So quick and easy it needs to be, but that doesn’t mean that it should be boring, either. I love this easy sugar snap peas recipe because it takes literally minutes (5 to be exact!) but it is still bursting with fresh and vibrant flavor!

The combination of orange, ginger, and fresh mint means these sugar snap peas totally sing, but it also won’t overpower any main entree you choose to serve it with – so its perfect to accompany Orange Chicken or Mongolian Beef!

bowl with sugar snap peas with orange and mint

How long does this recipe take to make?

This recipe is ready in about 10 minutes!

Prep work will take you about 5 minutes to gather ingredients, mince the ginger, chop the mint, and squeeze the orange juice.

Sauteeing the sugar snap peas will take about 5 minutes.

How to make these quick sugar snap peas

Orange Sugar Snap peas are a snap to make (ha, get it?!) You only need a few minutes for these snap peas!

The first step is deciding how you want the texture of these peas to be. The way I have the recipe means that the sugar snap peas are crunchy and still have some bite to them, because that is the way my kids prefer them.

This recipe is simple to make! For the full set of directions, please scroll down to the recipe card below. This is just a general overview on how to make it to help you plan.

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick saute pan.
  2. When the pan is hot, add the sugar snap peas to the pan and allow them to crisp slightly, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in the ginger and the orange juice and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until the ginger is fragrant and the juice has been absorbed, about 1 minute.
  4. Season with a pinch of sea salt (affiliate link), fresh cracked pepper, the fresh chopped mint and the orange zest.
  5. Serve immediately.

Recipe Note: If you prefer softer sugar snap peas:

  • Simmer the peas in boiling water for 2 minutes.
  • Drain the peas from the hot water.
  • Place the sugar snap peas in ice cold water for 1 minute before placing them in the sauté pan.
sprinkling fresh mint on sugar snap peas

Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook

Inviting kids into the kitchen to cook is an important and easy way for them to be more interested in trying new foods. The more ownership and curiosity they have about a food, the more likely they are to try it. 

This sugar snap pea recipe is a really great recipe for kids to help with because its so simple. Here is how your kids can help:

  1. Kids aged 1-3 can help you wash and sort the sugar snap peas and pick the mint leaves off of the stems.
  2. Kids aged 4-6 can help you grate the orange zest and squeeze the orange juice.
  3. Kids aged 7-10+ can help you sautéed the sugar snap peas.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

Storage Information

These sugar snap peas can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To reheat, you can warm in the microwave for up to 1 minute. They will loose a little of their crispness this way. You can also reheat them in a skillet with a tiny splash of water until warmed through.

sugar snap peas in cast iron skillet
bowl with sugar snap peas with orange and mint

Orange Ginger Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

This easy Orange Ginger Sugar Snap Peas Recipe is an amazing easy, quick and delicious side dish recipe the entire family will love.  You only need a few minutes and a few ingredients like ginger, orange zest, and fresh mint to make this flavorful and vibrant side dish that will easily pair with any Asian themed meal you serve.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Kid Friendly Side Dishes
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Jenni – The Gingered Whisk

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Sugar Snap Peas
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed Orange Juice
  • teaspoon pepper
  • pinch sea salt
  • Zest from 1 Orange
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped mint

Instructions

  • Heat cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Add olive oil and heat until hot.
  • Add the sugar snap peas to the hot pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the begin to crisp on the edges, about 3 minutes.
  • Add in the grated ginger and orange juice and cook, stirring frequently, until the orange juice has been absorbed and the finger is fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Season with pepper and salt to taste.
  • Garnish with the orange zest and the chopped mint.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Make sure your ginger is grated or purred. Pieces that are too large can be “hot” for kids.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 40mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g

Interested in adding more Asian flavors to your weeknight meals but not sure how to make it actually doable? Check out my Beginner’s Guide to Asian Cuisine for easy tips and recipes that are weeknight and kid-friendly and will help your weeknight meals be a win!

3 Comments

  1. We love sugar snap peas! Will definitely be making this ASAP!

  2. Love this! I still have memories of the first sugar snap peas I tasted – it was back when I was living in Norway and I was finding them in an ethnic shop. They were from Namibia! It seemed so crazy to get to eat food from so far away! It’s been ages since I last ate them, thank you for reminding me of those 😀

  3. We love peas in this house, so I’ve always got them kicking around. And like you, I often forget about a side dish until the last possible moment! I am super pumped about this recipe, I’ll definitely keep it on hand for those times, thanks for posting!

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