Dry-Fried Snow Peas and Scallions

dry-fried snow peas and scallions
Photo: Nico Schinco
Total Time:
10 mins

Loaded with the bold flavors of toasted sesame oil, chili-garlic sauce, soy sauce, and scallions, this snow pea recipe takes the tender vegetable and turns it into a savory snack for a nutritious afternoon pick-me-up or a side dish to serve alongside something like steamed rice and our Ginger-Glazed Cod. Snow peas are lower in carbs and calories than English peas, and are available fresh year-round because they can withstand cold temps. They are well suited to dry frying, an easy technique that's used to cook meat or vegetables in a skillet or wok without oil or batter. The process draws out all the moisture from whatever you're cooking, so the final result is something that's browned and super crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.


  • 4 scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 8 ounces snow peas, trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce, plus more for serving

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1 cup snow pea tips, roughly chopped

  • Kosher salt


  1. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over high. Add scallions and snow peas and cook, stirring, until crisp-tender and charred in places, 4 to 5 minutes.

  2. Remove skillet from heat and stir in sesame oil, chili-garlic sauce, soy sauce, and a snow-pea tips. Season with kosher salt and serve with more chili-garlic sauce.

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