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Pea Shoots

thymetobake Feb 13, 2013 04:24 PM

I just planted enough snow pea seeds that I'll probably turn green by the end of spring. I've never eaten pea shoots and am curious how you like to serve them or have seen them in restaurants. I know salads, maybe sautee? Are they good in light soups? Ravioli?

  1. ipsedixit Feb 13, 2013 04:31 PM

    I like to stir fry them with garlic and white pepper, and just a bit of chicken stock.

    You can make pesto out of them as well.

    Great tossed in salads of almost any kind, or just by themselves and dressed lightly with some EVOO and rice wine vinegar.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      ricepad Feb 13, 2013 08:02 PM

      Yeah...LOTS of garlic!

      1. re: ricepad
        thymetobake Feb 15, 2013 05:36 AM

        Thanks y'all. I'll try that.

        1. re: thymetobake
          ricepad Feb 15, 2013 04:48 PM

          The shoots cook REALLY quickly, and it doesn't take long for them to overcook into a mushy mess. Expect it to cook faster than, say, spinach.

      2. re: ipsedixit
        pine time Feb 15, 2013 01:02 PM

        I thought I had invented pea shoot pesto last year! :) Planted way too many and they all germinated like crazy. The pesto was wonderful on angel hair pasta.

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        Lady_Tenar Feb 13, 2013 04:47 PM

        I LOVE them as a salad tossed with a simple vinaigrette of lemon juice, olive oil and a little mustard. They taste very much like peas so the mustard is a perfect complement.

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        1. re: Lady_Tenar
          thymetobake Feb 15, 2013 05:38 AM

          I'll keep the mustard in mind as I tend to dislike savory things with a sweet note.

        2. meatn3 Feb 13, 2013 07:31 PM

          Nice on an eggsalad sandwich.

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          1. re: meatn3
            thymetobake Feb 15, 2013 05:38 AM

            mmmm, egg salad. Love the stuff.

          2. pagesinthesun Feb 14, 2013 02:23 PM

            Lucky you~Pea shoots are delectable! I've only ever had them salad/vinaigrette style. I love the pesto idea!

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            1. re: pagesinthesun
              thymetobake Feb 14, 2013 03:58 PM

              Yeah, I'm really excited about them. Especially since I over ordered seed and don't have enough room to grow them all into full size plants.

            2. thymetobake Feb 14, 2013 04:00 PM

              Thanks every body. I guess there's not too many shoot eaters around.

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              1. re: thymetobake
                pagesinthesun Feb 14, 2013 05:45 PM

                I think it's because they haven't tried them. They're hard to come by.

                I haven't grown them myself. I will pick them up at a farmers market or our Asian market. I think I remember getting a small bag from my CSA once.

                1. re: thymetobake
                  linguafood Feb 14, 2013 06:01 PM

                  Dunno -- looks like you've got a bunch of suggestions already.

                  One of our favorite dishes at a local watering hole is stir-fried pea shoots with garlic and hot peppers. Absolutely delish.

                  I've also bought them at TJ's before and prepped them pretty much the same way.

                2. chefj Feb 14, 2013 05:55 PM

                  Pea Tendrils in Supreme Broth with Smithfeild Ham and or Crab Meat
                  Pea Tendrils and Shrimp Har Gow
                  3 Pea Pasta, Peas, Snap peas and Pea Tendrils, Cream and Pancetta

                  And here is a search that should help


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                  1. re: chefj
                    thymetobake Feb 15, 2013 05:27 AM

                    Thanks for the suggestions and the links, chefj. I'll definitely try the ones you've had personal experience with. Supreme Broth - har gow- and cream with pancetta with 3 peas. Sounds wonderful.

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                    foodieX2 Feb 14, 2013 05:57 PM

                    My favorite local place had an appetizer of burrata served over a pea shoot salad, The combination of creamy and crunchy was wonderful.

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                    1. re: foodieX2
                      thymetobake Feb 15, 2013 05:35 AM

                      I can see why that is your favorite place! Yum.

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                        Terrie H. Feb 15, 2013 05:53 AM

                        How is the pea shoot salad done? Dressed alone, or are there other ingredients? That sounds delicious.

                      2. Shrinkrap Feb 14, 2013 11:13 PM

                        I've grown them for years, but find the raw ones a little tough, and fed them to my guinea pig. GP died last year ( 7 years old ♥), so I'd love some tips. Mine are already two feet tall! How do you know when to harvest?

                        Here's the answer. Perfect, since I planted pretty closely.


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                        1. re: Shrinkrap
                          thymetobake Feb 15, 2013 05:24 AM

                          So sorry about your GP. I lost my dear dog and two dear cats in 2011 and cried for months. I still turn to feed the dog scraps and realize she's no longer here...

                          I found the same link you posted, yesterday, and decided to follow that method. Found a few other ways of growing too, but I'm doing it the way the link posted above does.

                          I think you'd better harvest now and saute those puppies. Then pick younger shoots in the future. But, hey, I've never done this before!!

                        2. Ashley12 Jan 29, 2014 08:39 PM

                          I recently ordered a 1/2 pound of pea shoots through my delivery service and didn't realize just how many pea shoots that adds up to. Living alone, I have had to get very creative with them:

                          1. sauteed with eggs (they cook quickly so I just added at the end of eggs cooking)
                          2. Protein shake - vanilla protein powder, pea shoots, macadamia nuts, and almond milk
                          3. Olive bread, goat cheese, pea shoots, black pepper
                          4. Pea shoots, avocado, ranch dressing
                          5. Miso soup - tofu, mushrooms, miso paste, pea shoots added at the end
                          6. Pasta, mushrooms, pea shoots, lemon, butter, white wine

                          Believe it or not, still have quite a few left!

                          1. LMAshton Jan 30, 2014 03:05 AM

                            Raw, they cause a lot of gas for both the husband and I - and I really do mean a LOT. So, cooked all the way here.

                            I tend to cook them somewhat lightly. Garlic, onions, ghee or coconut oil, chilli powder, wee bit of turmeric, salt.

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                              Harters Jan 30, 2014 03:38 AM

                              The last couple of years or so, pea shoots have been readily available in the supermarkets during the summer months. They're sold in the salad section and that's how we eat them - particularly nice with watercress and/or sprouted seeds.

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