We tend to think of summer as the grilling season, but as soon as it is warm enough to be outside, there is no good reason not to fire up the grill and prepare some of the bounty which early spring has to offer. There is no better way to signal the arrival of spring then to get outside and start grilling some of the delicious spring vegetables, which are available in the markets. Snow peas are something that might not immediately come to mind when you are in the mood for some grilled fresh vegetables.

Never the less they are amazing grilled and will quickly become part of your spring and summer grilled vegetable repertoire; these grilled snow peas are simply so good that they may have you getting the grill ready as soon as you start to see them in your local grocery or produce market! This recipe pairs fresh snow peas with cilantro, an herb used extensively in Mexican and Asian cuisine that is a natural match for this vegetable.

Snow peas are a healthy choice. They provide you with just 35 calories per cup and they contain fiber, protein and natural sugars. They are fat-free. Snow peas are lovely in pasta, stir-fries or salads, and their fiber content helps you to feel full. They are rich in antioxidants too. Although many people simply sauté or boil these, barbequing them is another great idea, one of the best in fact. This simple recipe combines snow peas with olive oil and cilantro, the idea being these 2 simple ingredients will keep the moisture in the snow peas while adding an aromatic flavor. Cilantro is usually just used as a garnish because cooking this fresh herb not only withers it but also robs it of much of the flavor. In this recipe however the cilantro and snow peas are wrapped in aluminum foil to totally enclose them, and that locks in the flavor and juices.

Wrapping food in foil is also a technique you can use when oven-baking food, and not only vegetables. Foil-wrapped salmon for example is a decadent treat, in which salmon is flavored with butter and lemon, wrapped in aluminum foil and then baked to perfection. Sometimes greaseproof paper is used instead for a similar result but the paper alternative is not suitable for barbequing, not unless you want your meal to go up in flames when it ignites!

The joy of this recipe is how simple it is, and how just adding cilantro and olive oil to the snow peas offers such a lovely taste. Whether you are cooking meat, fish, seafood or poultry on the grill, make sure you add some of these little snow peas packets too so you will have a tasty side dish to accompany the main course. Something else you could do is offer these as an appetizer since they would also work for that. Be very careful when opening the package because, as you might expect, a lot of steam will shoot out and steam can burn.

Tender Grilled Snow Pea with Cilantro
Summary: Delicate little snow peas are enclosed in aluminum foil packets along with olive oil and cilantro, before being barbequed to perfection. This is an attractive and flavorful side dish.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
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  • 4 cups snow peas
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped plus a few leaves as garnish
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Start up your grill; while it is getting hot, tear off a sheet of aluminum foil.
  2. You will need a piece, which is about two feet long for this recipe.
  3. From here, it is pretty simple - place your snow peas in the center of the foil, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro.
  4. Next, fold up the ends and double fold to seal your snow peas into a packet. The idea is that they will steam inside the packet while still getting just a touch of char and flavor from the grill.
  5. Simply place the packet on your grill (which should be medium-hot for this recipe) and allow to cook for about eight minutes.
  6. Remove from the grill and carefully pierce the packet to allow steam to escape. Alternately, you can open the packet while wearing oven mitts.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste, garnish with a few cilantro leaves, and serve at once.
  8. You may never add snow peas to your stir-fries again, since you’ll be rushing to the grill as soon as you bring them home - yes, these are that good.

Photo Description:

These snow peas are combined with olive oil and cilantro and wrapped up in aluminum foil so they can cook gently on the barbeque. Snow peas are versatile enough to cook in a multitude of ways, but grilling or barbequing is right up there with the best methods. The extra-special flavor of this dish makes it an elegant side which you can offer with chicken, meat or whatever is on the menu. For best results, do not overcook them, because snow peas are best served al dente, which means still with a little bit of bite to them, or crisp-tender.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Easy Barbeque Recipes aims to demystify the world of barbequing and turn anyone into a brilliant backyard chef regardless of culinary knowledge or past cooking experience. Cooking with fire is not only an easy cooking method but it is the original cooking method. An open fire was used to cook before there were such things as ovens, microwaves or crockpots. Barbequing is not just a cooking method either. It is a social event. Inviting friends over and grilling food for them is always fun and adding home-cooked food to any party is a surefire way to please a crowd. Nothing beats the incredible flavor of flame-grilled food, and you can barbeque all kinds of ingredients and recipes, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, veggies, and even pizza.


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