Sugar Snaps with Garlic and Coconut

Garlic and Coconut are a great flavor combination, and make a delicious and quick spring side dish.


I’ve planted my sugar snap peas in the garden, but it will be a while before I see any rewards for my efforts. While peas love cool weather, this spring has been a little cooler than most, so the plants are sort of sitting there.

Making do deliciously

In the meantime, I found some lovely sugar snap peas at the health food store, and they will have to satisfy my cravings for now. The peas I happened to get had few tough strings, so I know they were nice and young, If yours have strings that can be pulled, by all means, remove them.

Sugar snaps are full of flavor and nutrition, and they cook quickly. This whole dish from start to finish dresses up a weeknight supper and takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.

This is one of my favorites!

Sugar Snaps with Garlic and Coconut

  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 ounces sugar snap peas, any strings removed
  • 3 tbsp. finely minced garlic (about 4 large cloves)
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • Nice pinch of red pepper flakes

Prep:  Remove any strings from the peas. I peel the garlic and run it through the mini food processor for about five seconds and it is perfect. You can also finely mince it. Slice the mushrooms any way you like, or leave the caps whole. You can substitute other mushrooms as well.

Heat a large skillet over high and add the olive oil and then the mushrooms. Sauté just until the mushrooms start to get a little color.

Add the peas, and cook for three minutes, stirring frequently.

Toss in the garlic, coconut, and red pepper flakes and cook an additional two minutes or so, just until the peas are tender, and the garlic and coconut browned.

Serve hot or at room temperature, and you can add a little drizzle of lemon juice if you like.

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. I think it’s delicious 😋

    1. It really is, a favorite of mine!

  2. Now this sounds like a snacking winner. And certainly I would honor these in any confinement. Delicious foods are a taste of being free!😳🙏

    1. What a beautiful thought! Delicious foods are a taste of being free! Thank you my friend!

      1. You are very welcome and again keep safe!💕☕️☕️

    1. It’s really good!

  3. Victoria says:

    Interesting combination! I have some snap peas that I was wondering what I might do with. I may give this a try. 🙂

    1. Give it a try! It is one of our favorites! And let me know if you enjoy it as much as we do.

      1. Victoria says:

        Well I have to try it if it’s a favorite! 🙂

  4. marymtf says:

    Nice. Thanks for sharing, Dorothy.

    1. You’re very welcome!

  5. Pastor Cathy says:


  6. Wish I has such fresh peas! Love the addition of coconut in such dishes. It adds such wonderful flavor and aroma. 🙂

    1. I was lucky to find them! I love the coconut with the garlic, perfect match.

  7. I wouldn’t have come up with that combination, but it sounds good and I love peas.

    1. The garlic and coconut are great friends, and they work well with the sweet peas!

  8. CarolCooks2 says:

    An interesting combo, Dorothy I love coconut and get lots of fresh coconuts not thought to add it to a veggie stir fry though…will give it a try as I love peas and mushrooms…Nice one 🙂

    1. You’ll love it! I often add unsweetened coconut to a stir-fry, just adds a little something special. And having fresh coconuts would be out of this world!

      1. CarolCooks2 says:

        I will definitely try it, Dorothy as not only do I love coconut it is readily available.. This is the home of coconut

      2. You probably have a tree growing right outside your window…

  9. Ally Bean says:

    That’s a wonderful flavor combo. I’ve never thought to add coconut to vegetables, but why not? Thanks for the idea.

    1. Give it a try! Just use the unsweetened. This dish is a favorite here.

  10. Fresh produce. There is no substitute. 🌿

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