How To Prepare Sugar Snaps? Several ways

Sugar Snaps

Sugar Snaps are also known as sugar peas or sugar pods. It falls under the large group of peas that is eaten with pods and all. We can prepare Sugar Snaps in different ways. In this blog we discuss ‘How to Prepare Sugar Snaps?’.

how to prepare sugar snap peas

Wash and clean sugar snaps first. The cooking time of sugar snap peas is 4 – 5 minutes. Also the steam time is 4 -5 minutes. Stir frying or stir frying sugar snaps takes 3 – 5 minutes. Blanching takes 1-2 minutes . Eating sugar snaps raw? Then blanch first.

There are several ways to prepare sugar snap peas. Before we can do this, the sugar snap peas have to be cleaned first, and that’s where we start now?

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Preparing Sugar Snaps

As you have seen in the summary above, we can prepare sugar snaps in several ways. All these methods are discussed in this blog.

However, it starts with cleaning sugar Snaps.

Cleaning Sugar Snaps

The sugar Snaps are first cleaned under the tap. Wash them well and remove dirt from the snaps. At the same time, check for bad sugar snaps. You can throw this away right away.

Now place the sugar snaps on the cutting slice and cut both ends away. you will see that you take a thread with you when cutting. Also delete this one. This thread remains tough during the preparation of the sugar snap peas.

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Now the sugar snaps are ready and we can prepare them further. We start by cooking the sugar snap peas.

Cooking Sugar Snaps

When the sugar snaps are washed and clean, they can be cooked. This is a fairly simple process and we do it as follows:

  1. Clean the sugar snap peas as described above.
  2. Place the pan with water on the heat source and bring the water to a boil. Do not put salt in the water, as this will make the snow peas tough.
  3. When the water boils, the sugar snaps go into the pan and the water is brought back to the boil.
  4. Now cook the sugar snap peas for 4-5 minutes. You can check this by poking it with a fork. If it goes in easily, the sugar snap peas are done.
  5. Now drain the sugar snap peas in a colander and sprinkle with a little pear and salt. Now it can be served.

It is not often that sugar snap peas are eaten cooked. They are usually used in vegetable dishes, for example by stir-frying. We’re going to deal with that now.

Sugar Snaps Woks

Stir-frying is a preparation method that is often used for sugar snap peas. However, to obtain a tasty dish, it is smart to briefly cook the sugar snaps. It goes like this:

  1. Clean the sugar snap peas as described above.
  2. Place a pan with water on the heat source and when the water boils the sugar snaps go into the pan.
  3. Bring the water back to the boil and cook the sugar snap peas for 1-2 minutes. Then drain the snaps in the colander.
  4. Place the wok on the heat source with a little oil and heat the oil.
  5. The sugar snap peas go into the wok and they are al dente within 3 – 5 minutes. You can check this by poking it with a fork. If the fork goes in easily, they are al dente.

Of course you can only stir-fry or stir-fry the sugar snaps, but we often do this with other vegetables and we stir-fry a delicious dish. The sauce that you can use is soy sauce, ketjap manis. For spice, add a little bit of sambal. Nice with the rice.

how to prepare sugar snap peas

Steaming Sugar Snaps

The sugar snaps can also be steamed well. You can use a steamer or your steel colander for this, on top of the pan. Note that you must be able to cover it with a lid.

  1. Clean the sugar snap peas as described above.
  2. Place a pan with a layer of water on the heat source and bring the water to a boil. When it boils, the steamer basket goes on or into the pan.
  3. Put the lid on the pan and steam the sugar snap peas for 4 – 5 minutes. You can check this by poking it with a fork. If the fork goes in easily, they are al dente.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

By steaming the sugar snaps retain their original taste. This one is a bit grassy/earthy. However, the vitamins and minerals are optimally preserved by steaming.

Sugar Snaps Raw

Sugar snap peas are often used in salads. These seem raw, but they are not. Sugar snap peas contain the toxic substance lectin like so many other vegetables and snow peas.

This substance disappears from the vegetables when they are cooked briefly. Only then is it safe and healthy to process the sugar snap peas in a salad.

The steps are in short:

  1. Clean the sugar snap peas as described above.
  2. Blanch the sugar snap peas for 2 minutes.
  3. Process the sugar snap peas in your salad.

But what is blanching and for how long? Read on quick.

Blanch Sugar Snaps

Blanching is a cooking process for briefly cooking vegetables and then cooling them quickly. This kills the bacteria and any toxic substances present, such as lectin, disappear from the vegetables. Here are the steps to take when blanching sugar snap peas:

  1. Clean the sugar snap peas as described above.
  2. Place a pan of water on the heat source and bring the water to a boil.
  3. Prepare a bowl of cold water and add ice cubes. Don’t have any ice cubes? Then have your colander ready in the sink.
  4. When the water boils, the sugar snap peas go into the pan. Boil the sugar snaps for 1 – 2 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat source and drain it in the colander.
  6. Then put the sugar snap peas in the bowl with ice water or rinse well under the cold tap.
  7. Make sure that the sugar snaps have cooled down well, otherwise they will continue to cook.

Now you can use the sugar snaps for a delicious salad, for example.

Sugar Snaps Tips!

  • What do you need per person for a good meal? Take about 150 grams of cleaned sugar snap peas per person.
  • Do you have leftover sugar snaps? Keep them in the fridge for 3 days.
  • Are they blanched? Then you can freeze them for 12 months.

Sugar snaps fall under the large group of pods that also include beans. Also read our blog ’17 Types of Beans! ‘ and let yourself be surprised.

Now you know exactly how to prepare sugar snaps

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