Blackened Pea Pods with a Quick Soy Dipping Sauce

Blackened Pea Pods with a Quick Soy Dipping Sauce
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blackened snap peas
To serve, place in a bowl and sprinkle with a bit of sea salt.

We wanted to use our fresh pea pods as soon as we got them home, preferably in a manner that doesn’t get in the way of the fresh-from-the-farm taste. We thought about just eating them raw, but decided that might be too minimal; instead, we went for the quick blackening and a simple dipping sauce.

This isn’t necessarily a recipe, just a great way to prepare very fresh vegetables quite quickly; you can be snacking on them in about 5 minutes. And, that includes making the sauce.

Blackened Pea Pods with a Quick Soy Dipping Sauce

Yield: 2 appetizers

Blackened Pea Pods with a Quick Soy Dipping Sauce


  • 1 Tbs mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp tamari sauce (soy sauce)
  • About 8 ounces snap peas, topped and tailed
  • 1 Tbs canola oil
  • sea salt, to taste

Abbreviated Instructions

Stir together mayonnaise and tamari in a small bowl until smooth.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add peas in a single layer. Let sear about 1 minute, then shake pan to flip peas and sear the other side about the same length of time.

Place peas in bowl and sprinkle with sea salt.

Serve immediately.

Ingredient discussion:

Tamari sauce is just naturally fermented soy sauce and it tastes quite a bit different from the national brands of soy sauce. We prefer the San-J brand, but you should try a few to see what you like.

Procedure in detail:

These’s no real need for any detail for this recipe, is there? We’ll just put up a few photos.

making soy dipping sauce
The sauce is nothing more than a good soy sauce mixed with a bit of mayonnaise to thicken it slightly.
searing peas
Get that skillet nice and hot, very hot, before adding the peas so they get a few blackened marks on them.

We really like these peas. Super-simple, but still nice and fresh tasting. When you start with great produce, the only way you can mess it up it is to try to do too much. An easy five stars.

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