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Sauteed Snow Peas and
Water Chestnuts

Posted by Denise on March 5, 2013

snow peas and water chestnuts in bowl1

Crispy but tender snow peas are paired with water chestnuts, soy sauce and sesame oil to create a delicious side dish.

Fresh snow peas are de-stringed (I think I just made that word up?), then sautéed with garlic, water chestnuts and flavored with a touch of sesame oil and soy sauce to make a crunchy, satisfying side dish. Super easy and fresh.

We made a large batch of Sautéed Snow Peas with Water Chestnuts for dinner one night thinking we would have enough for another meal, but it was so darn good that we couldn’t stop eating it and before we knew it, the bowl was empty. Oops! Oh well, it’s so simple and quick to make that we can have it as often as we want. And we ate our veggies so it was all good.

For this easy side dish, we were inspired by a recipe in Cooking Light’s Weeknight One-Dish Meals. Note: Snow peas have a stringy fiber that runs along each edge that may have to be removed. Bend the end of the snow pea back, breaking it free then pull the attached string to remove it.


             destringing snow peas

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Sauteed Snow Peas and
Water Chestnuts

 sauteed snow peas and water chestnuts ingredients

Sauteed Snow Peas and Water Chestnuts ingredients



Makes 3 to 4 servings




teaspoons extra virgin olive oil or canola oil


cloves of garlic, minced


cups fresh snow peas, strings removed


cup canned water chestnut slices, drained


tablespoon lower sodium soy sauce


teaspoons dark sesame oil




1.    Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté for about 15 seconds.


garlic in wok




2.    Add the snow peas and water chestnuts to the pan and sauté for approximately 3 minutes until the snow peas are tender-crisp.


stir frying peas and water chestnuts in wok




3.    Remove from the heat and stir in the soy sauce and sesame oil. Serve.


 adding sesame oil to snow peas adding soy sauce to snow peas


snow peas and water chestnuts in bowl 2


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