Spicy Fermented Sugar Snap Peas with a Punch

These fermented sugar snap peas are healthy snacking at its best. They’re a great addition to your home preservation plans, too.

Try your hand at home grown peas for the freshest crop!

New to fermenting foods? Be sure to read this compilation of frequently asked questions before you get started!


fermented sugar snap peas in a wooden dish

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Fermented sugar snap peas

Have you tried fermenting yet? It took me a long time to give it a try, but now that I’ve done it? It’s so easy!

fresh sugar snap peas in a wooden bowl

Fermenting sugar snap peas (or any veggie, really) requires that you submerge the fresh veggies in a salt brine. It’s important that the veggies remain completely covered.

If they’re exposed to oxygen, they can mold. And then you would think that fermenting doesn’t work, and that’s totally not true! You just have to do it right.

Tip: When the sugar snap peas are actively fermenting, there’s a chance that the brine will bubble up and overflow. Placing the jars on a plate or tray will prevent a leaky mishap.

Municipal tap water contains chlorine, which can inhibit fermentation, so be sure to use filtered water or distilled water instead. A Berkey water filter provides clean water that’s free of toxins. Great for making your drinking water free of chemicals, but perfect for fermentation, too.
fermented sugar snap peas in a long wooden dish

When your garden is overflowing with snap peas, be sure to make up several jars – you’ll love them. I used herbs that were available fresh from my garden—cilantro and basil—but you can alter the flavor to suit your taste. [Learn more about what vegetables are in season when and embrace them in your fermenting!/

These fermented sugar snap peas are crispy and spicy. Add them to a salad, chop them in small bits and add to your deviled eggs, or serve them alongside a cold beer.

Love these spicy sugar snap peas so much that you’re ready to dive into more fermenting? Check out this collection of recipes!

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fermented snap peas in a wooden dish

Fermented Sugar Snap Peas

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These fermented sugar snap peas are a great spicy snack, and healthy too!



Make the brine:

  1. Stir sea salt into water until dissolved.

Pack your jars:

  1. Place a sprig or two of your chosen herb in the bottom of two pint-sized, wide rim mason jars. Pack snap peas into jar tightly. To do this, I find it’s easier to hold the jars almost horizontally, stacking the peas in one direction until the jar is full. Use smaller peas to fill any gaps. Leave 1.5″ space at top. 
  2. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes into each jar. Add another sprig of your fresh herb. Pour brine over peas until they are submerged. 
  3. Place glass weight on top of peas to prevent floating, then cap jars with a Fermentools seal and air-lock. Set aside for several days or a week, then dig in. Crispy, spicy, snappy.
  4. Once fermented to your liking, store peas in the refrigerator.


Water: Municipal tap water contains chlorine, which can inhibit fermentation. Be sure to use spring or distilled water instead.

Salt: Salt with iodine or anti-caking agents can inhibit fermentation.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 1760mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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About the author: Kris Bordessa is an award-winning National Geographic author and a certified Master Food Preserver. Read more about Kris and how she got started with this site here. If you want to send Kris a quick message, you can get in touch here.

7 comments… add one
  • Jeannie Woodring Jul 19, 2020 @ 13:33

    Thanks so much for these super easy methods of fermentation with far less salt than other recipes. I just put 4 quarts of fermented cauliflower and a quart of fermented broccoli into my new mini “fermentation fridge.” I love not heat processing stored veggies and having more nutritious variety than frozen veggies. I’ll pass your website on to my friends.

  • Anya Aug 30, 2018 @ 20:38

    Hi! I have everything but the fermentools seal and airlock thing, can I do without? I’m not familiar with fermenting but have been trying to get myself to do it…and now I have peas galore!

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 4, 2018 @ 17:58

      You can do it without, of course. Just be sure that the peas are *completely submerged with a weight of some sort. Screw a lid on to prevent fruit flies, but you’ll need to loosen the lid 1-2x a day to release gasses that build up.

  • Fran Apr 9, 2018 @ 20:26

    I wasn’t sure about these at first, but they’re growing on me.

  • Kirsten Aug 22, 2015 @ 14:39

    Thanks for this recipe! I’ve added it to the Farm Fresh Feasts Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me who love to eat from the farm share.
    I appreciate your help in making this index better!

  • Angi @ SchneiderPeeps May 6, 2015 @ 3:01

    I’m going try this with green beans. It looks wonderful!

  • Melissa May 5, 2015 @ 2:14

    Excellent! I’ve been wondering about Fermentools! Glad to hear it all works as it should! Um…and pickled snap peas sound divine! As soon as I have a few peas coming in, I’ll have to give this a try 🙂

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