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This super-quick and easy spicy edamame recipe takes edamame beans from plain to spectacular. The cooked beans are simply tossed in a mix of hot oil, liquid smoke, garlic, salt, sambal and red pepper flakes and are bursting with flavor. Scroll down for step-by-step photos.
I had spicy edamame beans at a sushi restaurant for the first time a little while ago and I can tell you I have never been this surprised and impressed with a dish!
Up until that dinner I had only ever had plain steamed and salted edamame and I always found those to be “meh” at best. Well, it turns out that spicy edamame are a completely different story! They are exciting and full of interesting flavors; a bit garlicky, a bit smoky, a bit salty and a bit spicy. You get all these flavors when you bite into the pod to squeeze out the actual beans. It’s a really addictive appetizer, we ate the entire plate barely taking a breath between bites.
Naturally I tried to replicate the recipe at home. Since it seems impossible to create the smokiness you get from a restaurant-quality wok and burner at home I resorted to liquid smoke and while that’s not exactly the same thing it does come close. In addition to that I added sambal, garlic, salt and dried red pepper flakes.
What you need to make spicy edamame for two:
How to make spicy edamame:
This appetizer is very easy to make. You start by steaming or boiling the edamame beans according to package instructions, then heat garlic, liquid smoke, salt, sambal and dried red pepper flakes in a bit of vegetable oil.
You toss the beans in the oil and voila, you’re done!
If you’ve only ever had regular salted edamame I urge you to try this, it will change your view of the vegetable completely!
Do be sure to let the cooked edamame beans dry before tossing them into the hot spices. If you don’t, they’ll end up soggy and you don’t want that. That’s really the only thing to pay attention to in this recipe, other than that it’s very easy and straight forward.
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- 1 pound frozen edamame beans in their shells
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sambal
- 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (more if you like it spicier)
- Steam or boil the edamame beans according to package instructions. Drain and let dry. (Do not skip the drying period, it's important. You don't want soggy edamame.)
- Add oil, garlic, liquid smoke, salt, sambal and red pepper flakes to a large pan.
- Heat until fragrant.
- Add the edamame beans, stir to coat and cook for another minute.
- Eat the edamame by biting into the pods and squeezing out the beans. Discard the empty pods.
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