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Spicy edamame is perfect as an appetizer or snack! Cooked edamame is dressed up in garlic, chili paste, and an assortment of Asian sauces. Easy to make and even easier to snack on, you’ll want to try this recipe for your next party — or afternoon pick-me-up.

spicy edamame in two white bowls

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Spicy Edamame: Simple and Flavorful

One of the best parts of cooking at home is sharing your creations with those you love. As you can imagine, I love inviting people over for dinners, potlucks, barbecues, and backyard bashes. There’s something so special about watching others as they taste what you whipped up yourself.

I love having a handful of tried and true recipes on hand for when I have guests. And while main dishes and desserts are key, I also love a good appetizer spread. So what if people fill up before the meal? It’s all a part of the fun of hosting — in my opinion, anyway!

Some of my go-tos are ‘ahi tuna fish sliders, poisson cru, and poke nachos. And this recipe for spicy edamame is about to be added to that list. Made with cooked edamame, aromatic garlic, fiery chili paste, shoyu, mirin, and sesame oil, it’s the perfect pre-dinner treat. They also make for a wonderful snack if you’re feeling hungry in the afternoons. 

No matter where or when you decide to make them, I know you’re going to love this dish as much as I do!

close up spicy edamame

Spicy Edamame Key Ingredients

  • Edamame. I love Foodland’s Maika’i Unsalted Edamame. You can find this in the freezer section at your local Foodland.
  • Garlic. The garlic adds so much flavor and a slight bite to the mix.
  • Vegetable Oil. To cook the garlic.
  • Shoyu. A type of Japanese soy sauce, shoyu is just bursting with complex umami flavor.
  • Chili Paste. I love Sambal Oelek. You can use your preferred brand.
  • Mirin. Another flavorful Japanese sauce, mirin is a sweetened Japanese rice wine. The touch of sweetness takes away some of the heat from the chili paste.
  • Sesame Oil. I told you my spicy edamame was made with a lot of sauces! Add sesame oil for a bit of a nutty flavor.
spicy edamame ingredients

How to make perfect Spicy Edamame

Cook the edamame. Most packaged edamame comes with cooking instructions. Cook yours, then set them aside for later.

Sauté the garlic. Add the vegetable oil to a pan over medium heat and add the garlic. Sauté it until fragrant and make sure not to let it burn.

Incorporate the other ingredients. Add the shoyu, Sambal Oelek chili paste, mirin, and sesame oil to the pan. Mix to combine, then add the cooked edamame and toss so that the sauces and seasons cover it evenly.

Let it cool. Take the seasoned edamame out of the pan and place it in a serving bowl. Allow it to cool a bit and enjoy!

top down view of two white bowls of spicy edamame

Tips

  • Don’t overcook the edamame. Frozen edamame is actually already cooked, so you simply need to heat it up. That means you really need to keep an eye on it as it cooks. Check for tenderness and a bright green color — that’s how you’ll know it’s ready.
  • Use fresh edamame. You can use fresh edamame instead of frozen if you’d like. I like to use frozen as I usually have a bag in the freezer on hand. 
  • Adjust the spicy level. If you love spicy foods, you can add in even more chili paste if you want to. And if you don’t like spicy foods, either reduce the amount that you use or omit it completely!

Frequently asked Questions about Spicy Edamame

Should edamame be boiled or steamed?

You could do either! I typically boil mine for 3-4 minutes. You could also steam them if you’d like. Simply place the edamame in a steamer basket over a few inches of boiling water and cover. Fresh pods will be ready in about 10 minutes, while frozen will be good to go in 1-2 minutes.

What is spicy edamame made of?

My spicy edamame recipe is made with edamame, garlic, chili paste, mirin, shoyu, and sesame oil. All recipes will vary slightly but most include these basics!

What is Japanese edamame?

Edamame are young soybeans. They’re bright green and can be eaten fresh or cooked. You’ve likely seen them as an appetizer at your local Japanese restaurant, where they are very popular.

spicy edamame with Foodland Maika'i edamame

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spicy edamame in two white bowls

Spicy Edamame

Relle Lum
Spicy edamame is perfect as an appetizer or snack! Cooked edamame is dressed up in garlic, chili paste, and an assortment of Asian sauces. Easy to make and even easier to snack on, you’ll want to try this recipe for your next party — or afternoon pick-me-up.
4.95 from 56 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 servings
Calories 46 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Cook the edamame according to package directions and set aside.
  • Add oil to a pan set over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Next add in the shoyu, Sambal Oelek, mirin, and sesame oil. Mix to combine.
  • Add in the cooked edamame and toss to combine. 
  • Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the edamame to a serving bowl, cool slightly, and ENJOY!

Notes

Tips

  • Don’t overcook the edamame. Frozen edamame is actually already cooked, so you simply need to heat it up. That means you really need to keep an eye on it as it cooks. Check for tenderness and a bright green color — that’s how you’ll know it’s ready.
  • Use fresh edamame. You can use fresh edamame instead of frozen if you’d like. I like to use frozen as I usually have a bag in the freezer on hand.
  • Adjust the spicy level. If you love spicy foods, you can add in even more chili paste if you want to. And if you don’t like spicy foods, either reduce the amount that you use or omit it completely!

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 46kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.02gSodium: 230mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.1mg
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By on April 8th, 2023

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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