How to Cook Snow Peas by Boiling Them

Snow peas are delicate peas with edible pods. They have a crisp, mild flavor that blends well with other flavors in vegetable medleys or stir-fries. Snow peas can be prepared a variety of ways, including steaming, stir-frying or boiling. Snow peas need to be boiled only for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, which is just enough to make them tender. Snow peas are a good source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as iron. A full cup of cooked snow peas contains only 67 calories.


Step 1

Pull the strings at the seams of the snow pea pods and discard them. These are tough and not edible.

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Step 2

Pour 8 cups of water into a stockpot and bring it to a boil over high heat.


Step 3

Add 2 teaspoons of salt, if you are using it, to season the pea pods and bring out their flavor.


Step 4

Place the 2 cups of pea pods in the boiling water. Boil the snow pea pods for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, or until they are crisp but tender enough to chew easily.


Step 5

Drain the pea pods and serve them hot, or allow them to cool for a fresh and sweet side dish.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups snow pea pods

  • 8 cups water

  • Stockpot

  • 2 teaspoons salt (optional)


Fresh snow peas will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

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