Garlic Stir-Fried Snow Peas & Pea Greens

March/April 2013

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This healthy, fresh snow pea stir-fry recipe is fragrant with garlic and ginger. It incorporates pea greens, also known as pea shoots, the leaves, tendrils and flowers of a mature pea plant. Adding a little garlic scape pesto at the end gives an added subtle garlicky flavor. Garlic scapes are green, spiral-shaped sprouts that appear on the top of garlic plants in the spring. Look for them at farmers’ markets in the spring and early summer. Regular garlic cloves can be used as a substitute for garlic scapes in the garlic scape pesto recipe. Use any leftover pesto in scrambled eggs, added to soup or in pasta sauces.

Garlic Stir-Fried Snow Peas & Pea Greens

Makes: 4 servings, about 2/3 cup each

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Garlic Scape Pesto

  • 1/2 cup chopped garlic scapes or garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 cups snow peas or snap peas, trimmed
  • 2 packed cups pea greens or pea sprouts (see Tip)
  • 1-3 teaspoons Garlic Scape Pesto
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce


  1. To prepare pesto: Pulse garlic scapes (or garlic) in a food processor until well chopped. Add oil and process until somewhat smooth. (Makes about 2/3 cup.)
  2. To prepare stir-fry: Heat oil in a large flat-bottomed carbon-steel wok or large, heavy skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 10 to 15 seconds. Add peas; cook, stirring, until bright green and the garlic is light brown, about 1 minute. Stir in pea greens (or sprouts) and Garlic Scape Pesto to taste. Add soy sauce; cook, stirring, until the pea greens are starting to wilt, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate extra garlic scape pesto in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Pea greens, also known as pea shoots, are the leaves, tendrils and flowers of a mature pea plant. They have a mild sweetness akin to snap peas or snow peas. Look for pea shoots at farmers’ markets or Asian markets. Pea sprouts are smaller sprouted pea leaves and are easier to find—many large supermarkets stock them year-round.


Per serving: 138 calories; 5 g fat (0 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 7 g protein; 3 g fiber; 148 mg sodium; 330 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value), Folate (26% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 4 vegetable, 1 fat

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