Lemony Green-Pea Snack


This bright snack makes the most of fresh green peas.


  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, plus more to taste

  • 1 lemon, cut into eight wedges

  • 4 cups (10 ounces) fresh whole green peas (in pods)

  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced

  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh mint leaves

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Place 1/2 cup of water and the salt in a large skillet. Squeeze juice from each lemon wedge into the pan, adding the used lemons as well. Bring water to a simmer over high heat, add the peas, and cover. Simmer until the peas are bright green, about 1 minute.

  2. Remove the lid from the skillet, and continue to simmer 1 to 2 minutes until almost all the water has evaporated. Add the olive oil and garlic, and salt and pepper to taste; mix well to combine. Cook, stirring often, over high heat until the peas are completely cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat.

  3. Add mint, and toss to combine. Transfer peas to a serving platter, and serve warm.

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