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.
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Pull the strings at the seams of the snow pea pods and discard them. These are tough and not edible.
Pour 8 cups of water into a stockpot and bring it to a boil over high heat.
Add 2 teaspoons of salt, if you are using it, to season the pea pods and bring out their flavor.
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.
Drain the pea pods and serve them hot, or allow them to cool for a fresh and sweet side dish.