Beer-Braised Sugar Snap Peas

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Perhaps it was being home where things like Italian lemonade from Albano’s Market were exactly the same, but things like residual tornado wreckage made everything completely different. Or maybe it’s because my birthday’s coming up, or my upcoming move, or the fact that, according to my friends, last year was super rough because I was going through (and am apparently now over) my “Saturn return.” But for whatever reason, I have been thinking a lot about “change.” So, I decided to retake the Myers-Briggs personality test after not taking it since 2003, to see if my personality has changed.

The verdict? My Myers-Briggs profile changed from INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging; the “confidant” and about 2% of the population) to INFP (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving; the “dreamer” and about 4% of the population). So, there was a change, but not a fundamental change, and perhaps that’s how personality (and life? and cooking?) works. Slow change coupled with steadfast consistency. Thoughts?

O.K. enough philosophy/psychology, I know, I know, this is a food blog. So onto the food…. This is a super simple side dish that I paired with rice and orange “beef.” It’s pretty similar to my braised fava beans, but I didn’t have any wine, so I used beer (an amber ale to be exact). The final dish was super flavorful and the simple preparation allowed the sweetness of the fresh peas (from SEEDS!) to shine. Also, you’ll see below that the recipe only calls for 1/4 cup of beer. I bet you can guess what I did with the rest of it! :D.

And for those of you on foodbuzz, what’s going on? My harissa corn is on the Top 9, but I posted it two weeks ago!!! There seems to be some sort of foodbuzz craziness going on, no?

Beer-Braised Sugar Snap Peas (Printable Recipe)


3 cups sugar snap peas–washed and prepped (see below)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon Earth Balance (or butter)

1 clove garlic–minced

1 dry chile

1/4 cup beer

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce or Tamari

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

toasted sesame oil (to drizzle)


* Wash sugar snap peas. Snap off ends. Pull fibrous ridge running from end to end off of the peas.

*Heat olive oil and Earth Balance in medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Add minced garlic. Saute lightly for 5 minutes. Add peas. Saute 3 minutes. Add beer, vinegar, brown sugar, Tamari, and chile. Stir. Cook 3 minutes. Cover with lid. Cook 5-7 minutes, or until peas are tender. Remove peas. Simmer cooking liquid, uncovered, for approximately 5 minutes (or until cooking liquid reduces by about half).

*Drizzle peas with reduced cooking liquid. Serve with drizzled toasted sesame oil.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Very interesting. I have heard of beer braised meat but never beer braised veges. Is this your own innovation?

    • It is!!! 😀

  2. Interesting twist on Snap Peas, I bet the beer added a nice depth.

  3. Hm. Questions, questions. Personality test, eh? Perhaps it depends also the mood you’re in when you take it? Time of month, saturn around etc? You’ve got so much going on right now, my friend! Take it easier on yourself. Moving is one of the biggest stress factors, remember…
    You know, I’m never going to look at sugar snap peas again the same way after seeing yours. They look SO good – and with orange beef? Wow. Well done on FoodBuzz – agree, noticed some posts recently that were from January! Also, I’ve got zero mail in my Foodbuzz inbox, so there’s something with that soufflée, n’est-ce pas?

  4. I am sure your personality will continue to change as time passes, so do not feel that test represent forever.
    Nice side dish here and unique with the beer. Your picture does make me hungry. Great post.

  5. This totally new to me but it looks awesome!

  6. How interesting- I wish I knew my Myers Briggs results from a while back- that would be so interesting to see the changes. Maybe I can start recording them now… Love the idea of braising the peas! They look super good!

  7. Tiffany, these look awesome! I love the idea of braising them in beer. We have an abundance of sugar snap peas at the moment and I’m glad to have a new recipe!

  8. I’m not surprised you shifted a bit – mine has changed too. Life experiences and age, my friend! 🙂

    Beer in food is always a good thing in my book. Going to have to try this out!

  9. Myers-Briggs is funny. I get different results depending on whether I think of myself in a work situation vs. a home/family/friends situation. I am extremely practical and no-nonsense when it comes to work and much more laissez-faire when it comes to home life.
    Love these peas! I haven’t had lunch and they are making me extremely hungry.

  10. What a great combination! We are always looking for new and innovative side dishes.

  11. I can’t believe people are surprised by this combination after a couple of beers I often think of pee. Sorry, I had to go for the bad pun it has been sitting there all day just waiting for someone to say it.

  12. Haha, maybe my husband would like peas more if I soaked them in beer. Never occured to me. They look delicious!

  13. Hey man, love that Foodbuzz props while you’re getting them. Who cares if they’re a little pokey 🙂 Awesome snap peas. I love beer. I love peas. I love beer braised sugar snap peas!

  14. Congrats on the Top 9! That is odd that it was posted up there after so long, haha. These sugar snap peas look great. Love the idea of braising in beer.

  15. The sugar snap peas look delicious – here’s hoping this year is better than the last!

  16. Wow, I am sure the flavor was…maravilhoso!

  17. I am so excited to see beer used in the recipe. I love wine, but don’t always have it on hand. BUT beer, well I always have that:-)
    Hugs, Terra

  18. Yummmmm! I never cook with beer yet I like it! I need to start doing it! These sugar snap peas look amazingly tasty Tiff! Great recipe!

    Foodbuzz is going completely crazy… but it was still great to see your harissa corn on Top 9! It was a great recipe! <3

  19. Have never tried veggies braised in beer…sounds so interesting!

  20. What an usual recipe! It sounds so delicious 🙂

  21. I never would have thought to braise veggies in beer. Thanks for the great idea. Now maybe I can get my husband to eat more veggies. 🙂

  22. Wow, this is an interesting way to prepared sugar snap…I am sure that must taste very yummie.
    Hope you are having a great week Tiffany 🙂

  23. I have never taken any personality test. I’m very curious to analyze about myself by this kind of test. Your “beer” braised sugar snap peas look interesting and it is a good appetizer for beer or sake.

  24. I never cooked with beer but i love drinking beer 🙂 I can imagine it will taste amazing with sugar snap peas.

  25. What a fantastic idea, these look so good! 🙂

  26. Gotta try these soon. When we were in Atlanta my daughter and I made beer braised greens and everyone was scrambling for the last bite. Guess great minds think alike huh?? Congrats on landing at the Top again, just ride the wave girl!!!!

    • Oooo, I love the idea of beer braised greens! I definitely think great minds think alike 😀

  27. Thanks for sharing this recipe Tiffany! I was looking some way to cook snap peas and yours looks delicious…I’ll try it!

  28. No idea what is going on with Foodbuzz! My strawberry bars made it that same day – for the second time. Not going to complain, but still! This looks great too!

  29. I haven’t taken the Myers-Briggs test in years. I wonder what it would say about me now? Certainly it would say I love sugar snap peas! I don’t drink beer but I always seem to like it in recipes. I need to try these. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  30. These beans look great Tiffany and you are giving me some thoughts on what to do with the rest of my blueberry beer! And I will never understand how foodbuzz works! : )

  31. Thanks for the comments everyone!

  32. Hey – I am an INFJ too! I wonder if a disproportionate number of bloggers are, because it allows us to interact without … you know, actually having to hang out with anyone? As a fellow INFJ you know what I’m talking about! Love the beans, a nice new way to prepare them.

  33. I cannot wait to try this! Sounds so good.