Pan-Steamed Snap Peas

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By Michael Ruhlman

Published 2011

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Pan steaming is a kind of subtechnique of water, a unique way to cook tender vegetables. It means simply putting the vegetables and a small amount of water into a very hot pan and covering it tightly so that the pressurized steam cooks the vegetables very quickly. It should only take a minute or so.


  • 1 pound/455 grams snap peas, stems and tough veins removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter


Put a large sauté pan or other shallow pan with a lid over high heat. Combine the peas and ½ cup/120 milliliters water in a bowl. When the pan is so hot that water beads on the surface, pour the peas and w