Snow Peas with Brown Butter and Miso

This is a 10-minute side dish from start to finish that tastes and looks like you fussed!

      Peas are precious in Vermont, the growing season being quite short. But, during those fast and furious weeks of harvest, we have more than we know what to do with! We eat them raw, we turn them into a chilled soup, we sauté and steam them, pop them in stir-fries, and we blanch and freeze them for another time of year.

Fun to grow, better to eat!

      I love growing sow peas because they have a fairly long and reliable harvest, and they freeze so beautifully. Remember, the whole plant is edible, and the pretty little flowers can add a lot to your presentation.

Enter brown butter flavor bomb

      I seem to be seeing brown butter recipes everywhere right now! Always a favorite way to add flavor to any dish with little effort. Such a lovely way to serve up the humblest of vegetables. A plate of snow peas with just the brown butter is delightful. With the miso added, even more interesting, and the chopped nuts add that crunch we all love. If you like, a squeeze of fresh lime rounds it all out.

From light to dark, it’s all good

      I used a brown rice and soy miso, but you can use any favorite. If you haven’t used much miso in the past, start with the lighter yellow varieties, they have a more mild flavor. You can always add more, but this is powerful stuff, and you cannot take it out if you add too much, and it does add salt.

      This one is for you Amanda at Something to Ponder About!

Snow Peas with Brown Butter and Miso

  • 6 oz. snow peas, trimmed of veins
  • 3 tbsp. butter, or vegan butter
  • 1 tsp. Miso of choice
  • 2 tbsp. chopped, toasted hazelnuts, or favorite nut
  • Salt

      Trim the peas of their inside vein. Bring a skillet of shallow water to a boil and add the peas. Blanch for two to three minutes, until peas are tender. Immediately, transfer to a colander and run some cold water over all until cool. Set the collaner of peas aside.

      Put the skillet back on the stove over medium high and add the butter. Let it melt, and start browning. Keep swirling the pan until the butter is nicely browned and nutty smelling. 

      Quickly whisk in the miso, remove from the heat, and add the peas back in, tossing to completely coat.

      Plate and top with the nuts. If you like, and I do, add a squeeze of lime. 

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51 Comments Add yours

  1. What a gorgeous side dish. I love the nut topping.

    1. The nuts really fancy this up and add that wonderful crunch!

  2. Looks delicious, Dorothy. I ‘love’ peas.

    1. Then enjoy them as long as they are here!!!

  3. Gail says:

    Snow peas are divine. 🫛

    1. Looks delicious! I am a huge fan of brown butter and snow peas.

      1. Gail says:

        Most definitely. 🫛🫛🍂🫛

      2. I was going to say they go together like ‘Like two peas in a pod’ but I won’t…

      3. Gail says:


      4. They are so good together aren’t they? Now, add just a touch of miso!

  4. NativeNM says:

    This is a beautiful dish! I experimented with miso last summer and I can imagine how wonderful this tastes.

    1. Miso is one of my favorite little secret flavor bombs. People will know something good was happening, but not always sure what it is.

  5. Jenna says:

    I love snow peas, I can’t wait to try this Dorothy!

    1. Thank you my friend! I think you’ll like this one!

  6. CC says:

    Looks so yummy!

    1. Thanks CC! We’ll certainly be making this again!

  7. This sounds wonderful, easy and quick. Three adjectives I always like to hear.

    1. Agreed my friend!

  8. Ronit Penso says:

    Brown butter and miso – what a great idea! 🙂

    1. It’s really good, and right in your wheelhouse Ronit!

  9. Kevin says:

    I think snow peas are what we call mange tout in the UK. We have a healthy crop coming through in the garden at the moment, so I will be giving this a try. I love the idea of brown butter, which I haven’t come across before. Inspiration overload!

    1. Thanks Kevin! I hope you love it as much as we did. Enjoy making that brown butter! Keep your eye on it, the key is deliciously nutty, not burnt!

  10. Suzassippi says:

    Snow peas I love! I have never done them in butter so this sounds like one I should try.

    1. It makes really delicious even better!

  11. Snow peas and hazelnuts – looks very tasty!

    1. Thanks! They were really delicious!

  12. This recipe is so flavorful! Looks delicious.

    1. Thank you! It is so fast and simple, too!

  13. Eha says:

    Love snowpeas – do not enjoy peas! Peculiar, I know! This simple recipe is delightful . . . born in the Baltics way back when I grew up with brown butter appearing everywhere – now I cannot wait to add the miso and taste – looks terrific also!

    1. Thanks! Just the smell of the butter browning makes me smile!

  14. I love the use of miso. Great side dish@

    1. Thank you! It was a nice change.

  15. Nancy says:

    Such a yummy and beautiful dish! And the nuts add a wonderful crunch. Mmmm!

    1. Thank you! I loved the crunch!

  16. Christy B says:

    Yummmm! I missed your recipes when I was off last week. HUGS

  17. nancyc says:

    This looks like a really tasty side dish! I bet it’s wonderful with that brown butter and the squeeze of lime sounds like a great finishing touch! 🙂

    1. Thank you Nancy! The lime at the end was perfect!

  18. Love this – thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you for stopping by!

  19. What an interesting flavor combination. I don’t think I’ve ever seen miso with nuts. Lime juice does seem a good idea to balance the flavors. I’ll have to try this.

    1. Thank you! I love the crunch here, and definitely the lime.

  20. I missed growing them this year but sadly they are forbidden on the plan that has helped me to drop almost 70 lbs. since Thanksgiving. This looks so good!

    1. They are fun to grow.

      1. I love the purple pods too.

      2. So pretty on the vine!

  21. I guess miso is giving an interesting taste to this dish 😉

    1. Just a touch is all you need!

  22. Adding miso and nuts is such a fun idea.

    1. It’s fun to change things up!

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