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Steamed Sugar Snap Peas with Black Sesame Seeds

Crisp, bright green peas are flavored with sesame oil and sesame seeds to produce a fragrant side dish. The color is beautiful, the flavor is great and each serving has only 70 calories.


  • 1 lb. sugar snap peas 
  • 2 green onions, white and light green portions, cut into slices 1/4 inch thick 
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Asian sesame oil 
  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds 
  • Pinch of kosher salt  


Trim the stems and, if necessary, remove the strings from the sugar snap peas. To check if strings are present, cut or snap off a stem and then pull downward the length of the pod.

Arrange the sugar snap peas in a steamer rack set over boiling water, cover and steam until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes.

Transfer the peas to a serving bowl and add the green onions, sesame oil, sesame seeds and salt. Toss to coat the peas evenly. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Essentials of Healthful Cooking, by Mary Abbott Hess, Dana Jacobi & Marie Simmons (Oxmoor House, 2003).