Our Best Snap Pea Recipes Make the Most of That Sweet Crunch

Put sugar snap peas in salads, stir-fries, or even a cocktail

While sugar snap peas are available at the farmers' market in the spring and summer, you can also find the stalwart vegetables in grocery stores pretty much year-round. Invented (yes, invented!) by a farmer in 1979, they're a cross between snow peas and English peas. Snap peas have a thicker shell than snow peas, and the curved pods contain small peas inside. Look for plump, bright green pods and use them quickly—refrigerate for two or three days at the most. They're wonderful raw, shell and all, or briefly cooked in stir-fries or quick sautes. Most sugar snap peas have fibrous strings that need to be removed before eating—simply snap off the tough end with your fingers and pull the strings from the seams of the pod. Here, our favorite ways to use the crisp, sweet green vegetables, from salads to stir-fries to cocktails.

Two Pea Stir-Fry with Greens
Two Pea Stir-Fry with Greens
While you can certainly use all green snow peas and snap peas, a variety of colors gives this speedy stir-fry an eye-catching presentation. Get the recipe for Two Pea Stir-Fry with Greens »Kat Craddock
Morels with Mint, Peas, and Shallot
Morels with Mint, Peas, and Shallot
Richard Kuo of New York City's Pearl & Ash uses preserved lemon, a Moroccan staple, to brighten this simple spring dish. Get the recipe for Morels with Mint, Peas, and Shallot »Joseph De Leo
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie
A flaky crust and simple fillings make this old-school chicken pot pie one of our favorites. Get the recipe for Chicken Pot Pie »Laura Sant
Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint
Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint
This light quinoa salad, filled with scallions, mint, snap peas, and crisp haricots verts tossed in a Dijon vinaigrette, makes a perfect summer side dish for picnics and barbecues. Get the recipe for Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint »Matt Taylor-Gross
Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad
Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad
At Los Angeles' Lemonade restaurant, crunchy radishes, snap peas, and medium-rare seared tuna are tossed in a ginger-soy dressing for a crisp and colorful entrée salad. Get the recipe for Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad »Ingalls Photography
Two Snaps
Two Snaps
Ideal for sipping on a hot afternoon, the base of this delicate, crisp, slightly vegetal drink can be bottled and taken along on picnics or beach excursions. Get the recipe for Two Snaps »Farideh Sadeghin