Sugar Snap Pea and Asparagus Saute

Two asparagus recipes in one week? The nerve of me! Well, I'm fully prepared to defend myself. Asparagus is in season in most parts of the country right now which means it's probably grown locally and a lot more fresh than if you bought it in January and it was flown here from who knows how far away. It's also likely a lot less expensive. When vegetables are in season, use them. A lot. In as many recipes as possible. And listen for which ones your kids love and then seek out new ways to prepare them. My son and daughter are going through a huge asparagus phase right now and you can be pretty sure that if I serve them something with asparagus in it, they're going to be totally excited to eat it.

And here's one of my husband's favorite asparagus tips (no pun intended): to keep your asparagus fresh until you are ready to use them, stand the spears straight up in a tall glass filled with an inch or two of water. Asparagus can lose moisture quickly and dry out and this method will really prolong it's shelf life so to speak. This time of year you can usually find 3-4 glasses with "asparagus bouquets" in our refrigerator.

This is a simple, fresh side dish that can be ready in 5 minutes or less. If it's in season, do you need a better reason?!

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Sugar Snap Pea and Asparagus Saute (4-6)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 3 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • zest and juice from 1 small lemon


1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add the sugar snap peas and asparagus and sauté until tender, but still crisp, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and juice, toss to coat, and serve.
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  • Lynn

    Lovely recipe! I love sauteing sugar snap peas with other veggies. I am going to try this and add some grape tomatoes! Yum!

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  • JoAnne Abernathy

    How do you grate the lemon zest if the only thing I have is a standard grater? HOw much of the zest do you use? My twins are pretty picky and not sure the zest will pass 'inspection'. . . is there another seasoning (or does zest come in a powder?) that I can hide more easily?


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    • Dyan Rupan

      There is this great product called 'True Lemon' that you can get at the grocery store (usually near the sugar substitute. Wal-Mart has it near the KoolAid) that can take the place of your lemon Zest or lemon juice for that matter. It is evaporated lemon juice. they have many great products if you are interested check them out at


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    • Catherine

      The lemon zest adds a ton of lemon flavor! You can grate the zest with a box grater and then chop it really fine, or just use more lemon juice to get the right amount of lemony flavor you desire and nix the zest! :)

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  • April

    I've never actually cooked sugar snap peas (but would like to). Is there a thread that needs to be removed/peeled? Thanks.

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    • Catherine

      There is sometimes a thread that needs to be removed, but I have noticed lately that they aren't as fibrous as they used to be so I just leave them on! Less work!

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  • Lisa

    Cannot wait to try this.....couldn't resist the asparagus this week at the store even though I didn't yet know what I was going to do with it. Thank you! We will definitely try it this week.

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  • Nichole

    Two in a week is fine by me! I've been craving asparagus constantly lately so, the more the merrier! This looks delicious!

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  • Yvonne

    My kids Loved these!

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  • Kelly

    You are a genius! We all loved this! I want to make it again tomorrow!

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  • Amber

    I'm gonna make this for us and purée it for my 7month old. Yum!

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  • Marcia Ramos


    I made this recipe this past weekend and me and my family LOVED it. It was SOOO easy to make and quick. This is definately a keeper recipe!

    (I usually don't comment on recipes but this one totally deserved it!)

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