Lemony Stir Fried Sugar Snap Peas

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Lemony Stir Fried Sugar Snap Peas is an easy summer side dish recipe. 

Lemony Stir Fried Sugar Snap Peas on a white serving platter on top of an orange/green/white checked napkin

I know that summer isn’t over yet- actually, it’s kind of far from it.  But it feels a bit like summer is winding down at my house since school starts again (way too early!!) next week.

We had some long, fun vacations this summer, so I felt like a got a lot out of it… and we’re continuing to sneak up to Tahoe to sit on the beach.  Summer is still here, by golly, so let’s use up that beautiful summer produce and make some lemony stir fried sugar snap peas

Lemony Stir Fried Sugar Snap Peas in a skillet

I’m always at a loss on what to make for side dishes at my house.  I severely DISLIKE being the one in charge of the menu 24/7.  I can’t be creative all the time, so when I come across a lovely little veggie side dish recipe… I’m thrilled. This is one of those lovelies.

 How to make Lemony Stir Fried Sugar Snap Peas:

Olive oil is heated in a skillet. Lemon slices are heated for a couple minutes in the olive oil. Sugar snap peas and sliced leeks are added in to sauté. And it’s finished off with fresh dill, salt and pepper. It’s the perfect sort of side dish to serve with grilled chicken or steak.

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Those vacations I mentioned earlier on this post turned out to be rather indulgent.  And by indulgent, I mean that I pretty much ate whatever I wanted, dined out quite often, ate a lot of ice cream, and didn’t get in daily workouts.

That’s all changed now!  I’m challenging myself to stay healthy-focused for the next 30 days.  Recipes like this one will help!  Indulgence is fun, but getting rid of the excess… not so much!

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Here are a few more recipes for sugar snap peas you might enjoy:

overhead shot of lemony stir fried sugar snap peas on a white plate garnished with a lemon wedge. Set on a multi-colored checked cloth napkin
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Lemony Stir Fried Sugar Snap Peas

Fabulous summer side dish recipe!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 72kcal
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon, stir fry, sugar snap peas


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 large lemon, cut into slices
  • cups sugar snap peas
  • 1 medium leek, cleaned well and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the lemon slices and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until softened.  Remove the lemons from the pan and set aside.  They'll be very soft and will start to come apart.  That's ok!
  • Add the peas and leeks to the skillet; stir fry 3 to 4 minutes or until the pea pods are crisp tender.  Stir in the dill and the lemon slices  Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1037IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg
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  • Kelly wrote:

    This looks like the perfect simple side dish! I am a big snap peas fan and love the lemon and fresh dill!

  • Montana wrote:

    This looks delicious! I am trying to live a healthier lifestyle, and I always appreciate your veggie-focused recipes–especially ones that can be made on the stovetop since I have neither an oven nor a grill right now. waaa! I love sugar snap peas, and this looks like a delicious way to gobble them up!!

  • Ami@NaiveCookCooks wrote:

    Lori sometimes simple meals are the best!! These look so good that I know I would be finishing these in no time!! 🙂

  • Miranda wrote:

    These look like such a great side! Good luck on staying healthy for the next 30 days!