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Mar 5, 2009 08:19 PM

Pea Sprouts?

A search turned up a topic on "older" pea sprouts - but what do i do with fresh ones? searching online, i mostly found suggestions to use them in an omelette. any ideas on how to serve them as a side or incorporate them into a vegetarian main?

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  1. Stir-fry them with some garlic, and a touch of soy sauce, some ginger and salt & pepper to taste

    Incorporate them into any salad mix

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      how long should i stir fry them for? thanks!

      1. re: patz

        Depends on how hot you can get your wok (or skillet). A minute or two, at the most I would say. Pea sprouts are very tender and delicate, no need to beat them to death.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          i just made some - they were great! thanks for the tips!

            1. re: KTinNYC

              If the ones you are buying are not tender, don't buy them.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                The small ones are never tender. They are not intended for stir fries.

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        1. There are types of pea shoots, the large one and the little ones. The large ones are more tender and can be stir fried. The small ones are tougher and should be used in soups and other longer cooking methods.

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          1. re: KTinNYC

            Silly question? How large is large and how small is small??? I bought some and now don't know what to do with them. I'd thought as an ingredient in a salad of arugula and other things. No? Thanks, KT et al.

            1. re: c oliver

              Here is a pretty good image of the large peashoots. Scroll down a little. Good luck!


          2. If you are keen on making a pureed pea soup, try adding some blanched shoots to the peas and puree them. It will make your soup bright green, and give it even more of a bright, fresh pea flavor.