Simple Snow Peas Stir-fry

Snow peas
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Serves 3-4

Snow peas (荷蘭豆) are one of those vegetables that seem to be popular in almost any country’s cuisine. Chinese people used snow peas in stir-fry dishes very often due to their tender sweetness and fresh crispy texture.

Apart from the delicious flavor and texture, snow peas are also extremely healthy. They are high in fiber, protein, vitamins A and C, healthy fats, iron, potassium, magnesium, folic acid and antioxidants. These nutritional elements are great for helping our bodies to stay healthy and to help our bodies fight and prevent disease including inflammation, cancers, eye disease, scurvies, and digestive problems.

This article contains some of the most popular snow pea stir-fry recipes in Chinese cuisine. I hope reading this article can help you to eat more snow peas, which are essentially a super food, more often.

A small story about Chinese New Year Pork, as I prefer to call it. When I was growing up in Taipei we would always buy our CNYP (abbreviated) from one particular shop. This shop would be closed for eleven months of the year but open for just one during the Chinese New Year period. Their meat was so delicious and so popular and they sold so much product during this month that they could close for the rest of the year. 

What You'll Need

  • Recipe 1
  • 8-10 ounces snow peas
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (alternatively, use olive or peanut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1-2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • Recipe 2 Stir-fry Snow Peas with Prawns
  • This is a seafood version of stir-fry snow peas and it’s very delicious.
  • Recipe 2 Ingredients:
  • 180g snow peas, rinse and trim the ends.
  • 8-10 fresh prawns, peeled and rinse. Pad dry and de-veined.
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh spring onion
  • Seasonings:
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine or Shaoxing rice wine
  • Salt to taste 
  • Recipe 3 Chinese Waxed Meat Stir-fry Snow Peas
  • Chinese waxed meat (臘肉), or as I always call it, Chinese New Year Pork or Chinese pancetta is one of my favourite things to eat and is often served during the Chinese New Year. This waxed pork is very important in our dishes during the Chinese New Year dinner and also in our traditions. I’m surprised there are not many places that sell this waxed pork during Chinese New Year and even less information available.
  • Chinese Waxed Meat tastes like a stronger version of pancetta. It’s delicious, smoky and salty. It’s great on it’s own, with a fried rice and perfect in a stir-fry with almost any kind of vegetable. It’s a great meat to steam and I personally like eating it with garlic sprouts or leeks. Every time I see or smell this waxed pork I know it’s Chinese New Year.
  • Recipe 3 Ingredients:
  • 300g snow peas, rinse and trim the ends.
  • 200g Chinese waxed pork, if you can’t get hold of Chinese waxed pork then use pancetta and smoked bacon instead. You can slice it or cut it into lardon shapes, entirely up to you.
  • 1 clove of garlic, mince it
  • Couple drizzles of Chinese rice wine
  • Recipe 3 Seasoning:
  • Salt to taste, but I usually don’t add any salt as Chinese waxed pork can be quite salty. But this is entirely up to you.

How to Make It

Recipe 1 Procedures:

  1. Rinse the snow peas and trim the ends.
  2. Heat the oil in a preheated wok or skillet on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the finely chopped garlic. Stir-fry briefly until it is aromatic.
  3. Add the snow peas and salt.
  4. Stir-fry briefly then add the soy sauce. Stir-fry for another minute and serve. (Total stir-frying time for snow peas is about 2 minutes.)


Recipe 2 Procedures:

  1. Heat up some oil in a wok. Stir-fry ginger and spring onion first until it’s aromatic.
  1. Add prawns and rice wine into step 1 and stir-fry until the prawns change colour.
  2. Add snow peas and stir-fry for a further 20 seconds.
  3. Season with salt. Serve when it’s hot. 


Recipe 3 Procedures:

  1. Heat up ½ tablespoon oil in the wok, Stir-fry garlic first until the fragrant comes out.  I don’t use a lot of oil to stir-fry this dish as waxed pork will generate delicious oil from it’s fat which adds an amazing flavour to the snow peas.
  2. Add waxed pork into wok and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  3. Add snow peas into step 2 and stir-fry for a couple minutes. Check the seasonings and it’s ready to serve. 

Edited by Liv Wan