Anything-Scented Peas

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Anything-Scented PeasPeas have a delicate flavor that can be enhanced with just a touch of the right ingredient, subtlety being the key. If you’ve never tasted peas sprinkled with a pinch sugar during cooking, give it a try.
Other vegetables you can use: about 1½ pounds snow peas or sugar snap peas

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1 tablespoon any ingredient from the list below
  • 2 cups peas (about 2 pounds in the pod; thawed and well-drained frozen are fine)
  • Salt or sugar
How to Make It
  1. Put the oil or butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot or the butter is melted, stir in your ingredient of choice and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, just a minute or so.
  2. Add the peas and cook for a couple of minutes more, swirling the pan a bit to coat the peas in the pan juices and soften them a bit. Taste, add a sprinkle of salt or sugar as you prefer, and serve hot or at room temperature.
  3. 10 Flavor Possibilities for Anything-Scented Peas Grated lemon, orange, or tangerine zest
  4. Minced herbs like mint, tarragon, parsley, basil, or chervil
  5. Minced fresh ginger or chopped candied ginger
  6. Sesame seeds (white or black)
  7. Minced garlic
  8. Fermented black beans
  9. Grated coconut
  10. Minced shallot
  11. White wine or sake
  12. Any miso

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