Charred Snap Peas with Mint and Lemon
Slightly charred snap peas, fresh mint and lemon make a bright and tasty side in just minutes.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound snap peas
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt to taste
Heat the oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the snap peas and garlic and sauté over high heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes until the peas are tender-crisp and slightly charred or blistering. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint, lemon zest and juice and a pinch of salt. Taste and add more lemon juice if desired before serving warm.
Poultry and fish pair well with this simple vegetable dish and leftovers can be chilled and served in tomorrow’s lunch salad. Change the profile of this dish by using a flavored olive oil or seasoned, smoked, or coarse-crystal salts, such as kosher or Maldon. But proceed with caution, as flaky salts dissolve faster than granular salts on the tongue, resulting in a saltier flavor. Crush the flakes between your fingers and add a pinch at a time to suit your taste.
Yield: 5 servings