My savory and spicy edamame recipe is full of garlicky goodness and spicy flavors that will make your mouth explode. Learn how to make this easy snack in under 10 minutes, and I dare you to share!
What is edamame?
Edamame are unripened soybeans that are whole green beans and come in a similarly colored pod. Once cooked, the beans are soft like al dente peas and have a slightly sweet and nutty flavor. These beans were first cultivated in China more than 7,000 years ago for medicinal purposes. Today, they are commonly known for their popularized dishes from Japanese cuisine, like spicy edamame.
Types of edamame to use
This recipe calls for shelled edamame that is typically in the refrigerator section or the frozen aisle. In some Asian grocery stores, they sell them fresh in the produce section. I recommend frozen or refrigerated edamame because they are typically already cooked; this makes for faster prep at home.
Best method to cook frozen edamame
The best way to cook (or reheat) frozen edamame is to boil it in a salted water bath. Even though you can easily put it in the microwave, I like seasoning the edamame by boiling it with salt for only one to two minutes. You can also use a microwave to reheat the edamame, but be careful not to overcook the beans. I want al dente edamame and not mushy beans.
While plenty of recipes online include butter and red chili flakes, I prefer using our version of homemade spicy seasoning because it’s got full of garlicky flavor from the chili garlic paste.
This recipe consists of a combination of fresh garlic and ginger, chili paste, soy sauce, mirin, white miso, sugar, and sesame oil. You can easily adjust the spice level for this sauce by reducing the spicy chili paste.
Tips to make spicy edamame
Here are some tips to make the easiest spicy edamame.
- Season the boiling water. Adding salt to the boiling water helps to preheat the edamame pods but also add flavor to the shells and beans.
- Don’t rinse the edamame after removing it from the water. This will remove the seasoning.
- Premix the chili paste, soy sauce, mirin, white miso, sugar, and roasted sesame oil in a small bowl before sauteing. This helps combine all the ingredients together and prevent them from burning too fast in the pan.
How do you eat spicy edamame?
It’s really easy to eat spicy edamame. You can use chopsticks, but I just like using my hands to pick up an edamame pod, place it in my mouth, and use my teeth to slide out the beans as I pull the pods through. This lets you get some of the seasonings with each bite.
You can also use your fingers to pop out the shelled edamame onto your plate, but this can be a bit tricky if they end up on someone else’s plate or the table.
I love serving spicy edamame with some of our favorite Japanese dishes like chicken karaage, yakitori, and sushi rolls or handrolls. But don’t let these suggestions fool you because this spicy edamame is also perfect for a midday snack if you need a spicy pick-me-up.
What does edamame mean in Japanese?
In Japanese, edamame means “stem beans” because they grow on the stem. In Asian grocery stores, you can also find them sold fresh in the produce department with stems still attached.
Is edamame healthy?
Eating edamame has a lot of health benefits and is great for those who want more vitamins and fiber in their diet. Edamame is also full of many antioxidants, low on the glycemic index, and contains a lot of protein–making it a good option for those on food restrictions. However, keep in mind these are based on plain edamame beans, so the ingredients in this spicy edamame could also change its nutritional benefits.
Spicy Edamame w/ Chili Garlic
- ½ lb edamame frozen and precooked
- 6 c filtered water
- 2 tbsp kosher salt
- Pot for boiling water and edamame
- saute pan
- measuring cups and spoons
- Note: Read your packaging instructions on how to reheat the frozen edamame before following these steps.
- In a large pot, add filtered water and kosher salt. Once the water begins to boil, add the edamame and cook for one to two minutes or until the edamame is al dente. Test one pod for texture and temperature preferences.
- Remove the edamame from the water and place it on a dish to set aside. Do not rinse the edamame.
- In a saute pan over medium heat, add the neutral oil and minced garlic cloves. Cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant, and then add the ginger. Stir for another 30 seconds until the ginger is fragrant.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir for one minute until all the ingredients are combined thoroughly. This will thicken fast, so be careful with the heat.
- Carefully add the edamame and stir for another minute until each shell is coated with the spicy sauce.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately.