One simple method for cooking fresh sugar snap peas is sautéing them. Over medium heat, add olive oil, fresh sugar snap peas, salt and pepper to a pan, and cook for about three to five minutes until the peas are tender and crisp.
Alternatively, steam the peas in a vegetable steamer of a pot of boiling water for approximately five minutes. Then add salt, pepper, butter, and chopped fresh mint or tarragon for a delicious and easy side dish.
Another alternative is to cook fresh sugar snap peas on a baking sheet in the oven. First, cover the baking sheet with olive oil. Then, spread the peas evenly, sprinkle them with salt, shallots and thyme, and bake for about eight minutes.