A bowl of raw sugar snap peas with a couple garlic cloves next to the bowl.

What I love about these garlicky snow peas

There’s no way anyone could turn their nose up at these glazed snow peas because they’re perfect. In every way. Fresh, green, with the perfect amount of crunch and sweetness.

You can totally substitute other vegetables in this recipe if that’s what you have. I’ve made half broccoli, half snow peas before and they turned out just a great. Just make sure to chop the vegetables so they’ll all cook in the same amount of time.

On a side note, I can’t ever remember the difference between the different types of peas, so we when I realized how great this recipe turned out I actually had to look it up. Anyway, these are snow peas. They’re the flat ones. Hopefully I won’t forget now.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make them

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How to make sweet garlicky peas

Sauté garlic in olive oil. You want to do this on medium-high heat, until the garlic becomes fragrant and it starts turning a nice golden color. This should only take about 1 minute.

Add sugar, soy sauce and peas to the pan. Stir them until all of the peas have been coated evenly with the garlic and oil.

Add water and cover. Lower the heat to medium and allow the peas to cook for about 8 more minutes. The sugar and soy sauce will reduce forming a beautiful glaze. Remove from pan and serve immediately.

A bowl of glazed garlicky snow peas in a bowl.

FAQs and tips on making sweet garlicky glazed snow peas

What is the difference between snow peas and sweet peas?

While they are both crispy and tender, sweet peas have a slightly sweeter flavor. Snow peas have a flatter pod than a sweet pea, but both have edible pods, while english pea pods are not edible.

How do you trim snow peas?

You really just want to make sure clean them and remove the string from the pod. You can snip the ends of the pod to make them look more clean cut if you would like.

Why are they called snow peas?

The best answer to this is that snow peas are an early spring plant and can survive through a slight frost or a light snow.

A  bowl of sweet garlicky glazed snow peas with a spoon and some garlic cloves next to the bowl.

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Sweet Garlicky Glazed Snow Peas

These sweet, garlicky glazed snow peas are made with only five ingredients and they’re ready in a snap, making them the perfect side dish.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 pound snow peas
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil to medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauteé until golden-brown, about 1 minute.
  2. Add sugar, soy sauce, and snow peas, stirring to coat. Add water and cover skillet.
  3. Cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Last Updated on December 20, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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  1. I always mix up snap peas & snow peas (…or are they the same thing?). And green beans. And any other bean that is green and has a pod. I don’t know why it’s so hard to keep track of them! Anyway, this sounds like a really simple and delicious preparation of snow peas. 🙂

  2. I am the same way forgetting the different kind of pea names. Well, I’d be happy if this was the only thing I am forgetting these days 😉
    Your peas look scrumptious. I want to bite into one and hear that awesome crunch.