recipe

Dress up sugar snap peas with a buttery sauce that’s smooth and velvety thanks to the power of emulsions.

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the stovetop
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 45 minutes
yield
  • Serves 4

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Prepare Ingredients

1 pound
sugar snap peas
1 cup
water
1 tablespoon
finely chopped shallot
¾ teaspoon
white wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon
salt
Pinch
sugar
2 tablespoons
unsalted butter, cut into 2 pieces and chilled

Gather Cooking Equipment

Large saucepan with lid
Steamer basket
Oven mitts
Large plate
Liquid measuring cup
1-­tablespoon measuring spoon
Whisk
Wooden spoon
1
 
1 pound
sugar snap peas

Working with 1 snap pea at a time, snap off tip and grasp string. Pull string along flat side of snap pea to remove it.

 
2
 
1 cup
water

In large saucepan, bring water to boil over high heat. Place snap peas in steamer basket. Use oven mitts to carefully lower basket into saucepan (ask an adult for help).

 
3
 

Cover saucepan with lid. Cook snap peas for 2 minutes. Turn off heat.

 
4
 

Use oven mitts to remove lid and lift steamer basket out of saucepan (ask an adult for help). Place steamer basket on large plate.

 
5
 

Slide saucepan to cool burner and let cool slightly, about 3 minutes. Hold saucepan handle with oven mitts and carefully pour water from saucepan into liquid measuring cup (ask an adult for help).

 
6
 

Measure out 2 tablespoons water from liquid measuring cup and transfer back to large saucepan.

 
7
 
1 tablespoon
finely chopped shallot
¾ teaspoon
white wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon
salt
Pinch
sugar

Add shallot, vinegar, salt, and sugar to saucepan. Whisk until sugar and salt are dissolved. Cook over medium heat until mixture is bubbling, 1 to 2 minutes.

 
8
 
2 tablespoons
unsalted butter, cut into 2 pieces and chilled

Reduce heat to low. Add 1 piece butter to saucepan. Whisk constantly until butter is melted and incorporated, about 45 seconds. Repeat with second piece butter, whisking until sauce is thick and smooth, about 1 minute.

 
9
 

Carefully add snap peas back to saucepan and use wooden spoon to stir until coated with sauce. Cook until snap peas are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off heat. Serve.