3 Ways to Prepare Peas with Pods (Snow Peas or Pie Peas)

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3 Ways to Prepare Peas with Pods (Snow Peas or Pie Peas)
3 Ways to Prepare Peas with Pods (Snow Peas or Pie Peas)

There are some species of peas that can be prepared and eaten with the pod. In the US, a famous variety of this type is the Snow Pea. In Brazil, it is common to consume the "Torted Pea". These peas can be served as a side dish or alone in a stir-fry. These are excellent options for a busy chef, as they take two to five minutes to get ready.


Method 1 of 3: Preparing the Peas

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Step 1. Pour the pods into a colander

Put the pea pods in a colander and immerse it in a large bowl of cold water. Stir them so that the water washes them off completely.

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Step 2. Wash and dry the peas again

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Step 3. Break one side of the pea

Pull the fiber connecting the ends to the outer edge of the pod. So, break the other end.

  • You will notice whether or not the pod has a fibrous layer.
  • Some less mature pods may have this softer layer and can be eaten with it.
  • You can also use a vegetable peeling knife to cut the ends.
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Step 4. Blanch the peas to preserve them

If you do not intend to use the pods for the next two days, fill a pot with boiling water. Toss in the peas for a minute, remove them and place in a bowl of ice.

  • Dry the beans and store for five to seven days.

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Method 2 of 3: Sauteing the Peas

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Step 1. Heat a tablespoon of butter in a skillet

Leave the heat on medium-high. You can also use a tablespoon of olive oil, or a mixture of both.

  • For an Asian touch, try using a little sesame oil instead of olive oil.
  • Use garlic in place of shallots.
  • Opt for pine nuts over almonds.
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Step 2. Add 25 g of sliced ​​pine nuts

Stir and toast them in the skillet.

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Step 3. Slice a medium shallot

Add the shallot pieces with 250 g of pod peas.

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Step 4. Stir with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes

The pea should be dark green and crispy when removed from the heat.

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Step 5. Squeeze half a lemon over the ingredients

Add salt and pepper.

Method 3 of 3: Steaming Peas

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Step 1. Place a large pot with a few inches of water on the fire while preparing the peas for cooking

Pour some salt into the water and cover the pan.

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Step 2. Uncap when it starts to boil

Place a steaming basket over the pan.

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Step 3. Place the pods in the basket

  • Cover the pan.

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Step 4. Wait three minutes

Remove the lid and the basket with the pods.

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Step 5. Season them with salt and pepper

Serve immediately.


  • Some peas can also be eaten raw with the pod.
  • When preparing a stew with peas, leave them ready for preparation, but only add them in the last two minutes of cooking.

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