This recipe for spicy sautéed snow pea tips makes the most of this versatile, sweet, and earthy green!
What are snow pea tips?
You may find them in your local Asian grocery store as snow pea leaves, snow pea tips, or Chinese pea shoots. These leafy greens grow from the stalk of the snow pea plant. Both the leaves and the stalk are completely edible and are just absolutely delicious.
If you’re looking for an alternative to your normal leafy green, snow pea tips are an absolute must-try. They are sweet and earthy and work well when paired with minced hot peppers and garlic.
Here are a few other ideas for this delicious vegetable:
- Add them to your stir-fry
- Steam them with tofu
- Throw them in your soup
- Finely slice them and make a delicious salad
- Vegan pea tip slaw, anyone?
How to cook them:
Use them anywhere you want a leafy green! You can eat them raw, but I find they taste best when quickly steamed or sautéed. Use them in soups, salads, or sautéed with lots of garlic and Thai chili peppers like in my sautéed spicy snow pea tips recipe below.
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Spicy Sautéed Snow Pea Tips
- 1 tablespoon neutral cooking oil
- 1 yellow onion peeled and thinly sliced
- 3 scallions trimmed and minced
- 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 2 Thai chili peppers trimmed and minced (or crushed red pepper)
- 1 pound snow pea tips thoroughly washed
- 2 teaspoons mirin or water
- Salt and pepper to taste
Prepare the Snow Pea Tips:
- In a wide skillet or wok, heat the 1 tablespoon neutral cooking oil over medium-high until very hot. Add the yellow onion and cook, stirring regularly, for 8 minutes until softened and beginning to brown. Add the scallions, minced Thai chili peppers, and the garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add the snow pea tips and the mirin and cover for 2-4 minutes until the greens begin to wilt.
- Remove the lid and toss to combine everything in the skillet. Be careful not to overcook the greens. Season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer the pea tips to a plate and keep warm.
- Serve the sautéed snow pea tips with rice, beef, or as a side dish. Enjoy!