Simple Chili Garlic Snow Peas Side Dish

by Kaitlynn Fenley
a hand holding a fork with chili garlic seasoned snow peas with two white plates withs servings of snow peas.

These chili garlic snow peas are so easy and quick to make. Snow peas are fiber-rich and great for gut microbiome health, which makes this recipe the perfect appetizer or snack. This recipe is so simple and makes a great side dish for any meal.

Learn how to Cook Chili Garlic Snow Peas with these Ingredients

Snow peas are so versatile, you can season them with just about anything. For this chili garlic snow peas recipe, I only used a few ingredients:

  • Chili Onion Crunch: This is a spicy chili oil from Trader Joe’s with onion pieces in it. It’s delicious. You can use any type of chili oil though. There are many options at our local Asian Market, so check at yours.
  • Minced Red Onion: I love red onions. Jon and I put red onions in pretty much every savory dish. They add a fresh flavor to these snow peas.
  • Kimchi Brine: We used the liquid from our Cultured Guru Kimchi. This adds a nice tart and salty flavor to the mix.
  • Garlic: We’re from Louisiana so, of course, we add extra garlic to all the things.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil: For me, this is the star ingredient. Sesame oil is the flavor fat that combines all the delicious flavors mixed in these snow peas. You can use any oil, but the flavor of toasted sesame oil is the best.
two white plates with chili garlic seasonings topping some green snow peas.

Gut Healthy Snow Peas

I love eating fresh and lightly cooked vegetables for snacks. When I snack on snow peas, or cucumbers and tomatoes I have more refreshing energy. Versus when I snack on a bunch of popcorn, and feel sluggish after.

Snow peas are different from regular garden peas, in that the whole green pod is consumed. This means that you consume a lot of healthy dietary fiber when you eat snow peas. Since you eat the whole pod, snow peas also contain more vitamins, minerals, and other plant nutrients than shelling peas. Trust me, good gut microbes love all that fiber packed in snow peas.

three white plates stacked with chili garlic seasoned snow peas. A fork is piercing one of the snow peas.

Alternate Seasonings

I’ve made these snow peas with a few different flavor combos. One of my other favorites is lightly steamed snow peas with lemon juice, olive oil, and cajun seasoning. You can also try things like Mediterranean seasoning or Greek spice blends.

Things to Pair with Chili Garlic Snow Peas

These snow peas are perfect as a solo snack, but they also make a great side dish. Try them alongside this Tandoori Tofu Coconut Rice Bowls, or as an appetizer before this Kimchi Miso Ramen.

a white serving bowl full of chili garlic seasoned snow peas and lemons.
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Simple Chili Garlic Snow Peas Side Dish

These chili garlic snow peas are so easy and quick to make. Snow peas are fiber-rich and great for gut microbiome health, which makes this recipe the perfect appetizer or snack. This recipe is so simple and makes a great side dish for any meal too.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 4 Cups Fresh Snow Peas
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Minced Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Kimchi Brine
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Instructions

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok (or skillet) over medium heat
  2. Rinse the snow peas, then add them to the wok. 
  3. Stir and cook the snow peas for about 2-3 minutes then remove from heat. Don’t over cook them. Snow peas are best with some crunch left to them.
  4. Add in the salt, chili oil, minced garlic, minced onion, sesame oil, kimchi brine and lemon juice. Toss to combine. 
  5. Serve as a side dish or a snack and enjoy! 

Keywords: simple,chili,garlic,snow,peas,gluten free,vegan

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