Garlicky and flavorful these garlic sautéed sugar snap peas are one of my favorite easy vegetable side dish ideas that totally works in every season of the year.

a wooden bowl with garlic sauted sugar snap peas

I don’t know how I’ve managed to go so many years without cooked sugar snap peas in my life, but to be honest, I didn’t even think it was a vegetable that you did cook. I’d eaten them so much fresh that I just never let my mind go there. I mean, yes, snow peas get cooked all the time but this classic for a veggie tray or salad never had been in a saute pan until a few years ago. 

That all changed and I’ve had no excuse other than laziness as to why I didn’t post this recipe. 

a saute pan cooking garlic sugar snap peas

Which Nonstick Pan and Stainless Steel Pan to Buy

Oh and really quick, want to know my two favorite pans? Both a nonstick and stainless steel?

a close up of sugar snap peas being sauted

How to Cook Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas are a really quick and easy recipe to cook. Just heat a saute pan to medium high heat and add your fat of choice:

  • For Asian Cooking use oil or coconut oil
  • Healthier recipes choose a nonstick spray or olive oil
  • All other recipes use butter or any of the above

Cook on medium high heat, stirring occasionally until they begin to blister and brown. Serve immediately.

a wooden bowl with garlic sauted sugar snap peas for a healthy side dish

How to Prepare Garlic Sugar Snap Peas

Most of the time I don’t prepare the peas at all, but if the little ends are prominent you just snap it off and pull down the pea so the little string peels away.

  • Do you cut the ends off of sugar snap peas? You can but again, it’s totally up to you. 

Should Snap Peas be Refrigerated?

Yes, however you bought your produce is exactly how you should store it. Since it was bought in the refrigerated section make sure you store it in there too. 


How to Make Garlic Snap Peas

  • Ingredients:

Sugar Snap Peas



Kinders Buttery Steakhouse Seasoning – This is our favorite seasoning and we keep it on hand for everything from veggies to marinades. 

  1. Heat a pan to high heat, add the oil and once shimmering throw in your veggies, garlic and seasoning. Turn to medium high and saute until charred.
  2. Remove from the pan and enjoy!


Garlic Sauted Sugar Snap Peas

4 from 2 votes
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes


Garlic and blistered sugar snap peas make one of the fastest and easiest side dishes for any meal


  • 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Sliced thin
  • 8 ounces Sugar Snap Peas
  • 1 Tablespoon Kinders Buttery Steakhouse Seasoning, found at Costco or most grocery stores. see note for subs


  • Heat a large saute pan to medium high heat and add the olive oil. Once shimmering stir in the garlic and snap peas.
  • Sprinkle with seasoning, and continue to stir. If the pan looks at all dry, drizzle in more olive oil. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until charring begins and then serve.


If you can't find kinders you could use Johnny's Garlic Spread, Mrs Dash or similar. 


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 7gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 478mgFiber: 6gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2466IUVitamin C: 138mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 5mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 200+ Easy Side Dish Recipes Every Mom Needs
Cuisine: American

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a wooden bowl with garlic sauted sugar snap peas