Charred Snow Peas with Sesame and Scallions Recipe
By Marlo Colletto (TC3 Farm CSA Member)
Snow peas are a favorite of mine but too often go to waste in my refrigerator after I’ve eaten my fill raw, and before I muster the motivation to incorporate them in a full-on stir fry. This Asian inspired dish offers a wonderful alternative to this predicament, offering a quick and easy diversion from more time-intensive stir fries by letting the peas speak for themselves. A high heat/short duration cooking time imparts a flavorful char and added tenderness while leaving the peas bright green and crunchy as they are best-enjoyed. The peanuts, thrown in for good measure, help to make this something more than a side dish, with scallions (also known as green onions), garlic, and ginger imparting a punch of spice.
- Melt coconut oil in a wok or cast iron skillet over high heat.
- Prepare garlic and scallions.
- When oil begins to look wavy, add snow peas, scallions, peanuts and sesame seeds.
- Cook vegetables over high heat, stirring constantly, until cooked through and lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes. Peas should be bright green and crisp-tender.
- Add garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil, toss well and cook 1 minute more.
- 1 pint snow peas
- 1 bunch scallions (green onions), trimmed and thinly sliced
- ¼ cup peanuts
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger or 1 teaspoon dried
- ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil