Stir-fried Snow Peas with Minced Garlic

Chinese name: 蒜蓉荷兰豆 (suàn róng hé lán dòu)
Stir-fried Snow Peas with Minced GarlicCharacteristics: Stir-fried Snow Peas with Minced Garlic tastes tender and crispy. The green snow peas and white garlic make a perfect color combination. If well cooked, the snow peas look bright green and the dish is really tasty.

Snow peas are known as Netherland beans in Chinese. It’s said that Netherlanders brought snow peas into China, hence the name. It is interesting that some Netherlanders call them Chinese beans nowadays. The Stir-fried Snow Peas with Minced Garlic is quite widespread in China because of its easy recipe. Only snow peas and garlic are used during cooking: the former smells good when stir-frying and the latter betters the flavor as a popular seasoning. If the chef wants to go a bit further, stir-frying the peas with beef, pork, shrimp and other meat can also be nice options. The vegetables and meat recipes present distinctive flavor; they also contain more valuable nutrition.

Ingredients & Seasonings:

snow peas, 200g
cooking oil
8 cloves of garlic

Note: The amount of ingredients and seasonings can be decided according to one's personal taste.
Ingredients and Seasonings


1. Choose some tender snow peas. Trim and clean them. Place on a plate.
2. Remove the husk from the garlic cloves. Rinse and mince them.
Preparation for Stir-fried Snow Peas



Place a wok over high heat and add some water which should be enough to cover the snow peas. When the water boils, pour in the beans. Stir to ensure all beans are submersed. Switch off the heat when the water boils again. Serve the beans in cold water to cool down. Then drain off the water with a colander.

Blanching Snow Peas

Pour out water and dry the wok. Place it over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil. Wait until the oil smokes for 3-5 seconds, add in minced garlic. Stir-fry over medium-high heat for about 10 second until fragrant. Then pour in the snow peas. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes to make sure all beans are coated with oil. Add some salt according to one's personal taste.

Stir-frying Snow Peas

Turn off the heat. Serve the dish on a fine plate. Now the Stir-fried Snow Peas with Minced Garlic is finished.

Stir-fried Snow Peas with Minced Garlic

Tips on Snow Peas

1. Nutrition Value
Thanks to the nutritional value, especially the quality protein, snow peas in this recipe do well in boosting the immune system. The carotene and vitamin C that the beans contain restrains the forming of cancerogenic substance, hence having the function of preventing cancer. The vitamin is also helpful for delaying senescence. Moreover, the beans improve the peristalsis of the large intestine with the abundant crude fiber, so they are strongly recommended for relieving constipation.

2. How to select snow peas?
Usually, oblate snow peas are regarded as the best ones. If the beans are almost round, they are over ripe and would not be good options to cook a delicious dish with crispy taste.

3. Storage
Don’t wash the snow peas. Directly place in cold storage area. If peeled, the beans should be stored in the frozen section. Then just eat them up within a month.

4. Are raw snow peas poisonous?
Yes, consumption of raw beans or snow peas that are not totally cooked may cause mild food poisoning. Generally, it is suggested to blanch the beans first before stir-frying.

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- Last modified on Apr. 14, 2021 -
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