Spicy Edamame

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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.

spicy edamame

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.

How to make spicy edamame:

Spicy edamame are very easy to make. You start by steaming or boiling 1 pound frozen edamame beans according to package instructions.

how to make spicy edamame step by step

Next you add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 peeled and crushed garlic cloves, 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sambal and 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes to a large pan. Turn on the heat and once the mix becomes fragrant, toss the beans in the oil.

how to make spicy edamame step by step

How to eat spicy edamame:

Eat the edamame by biting into the pods and squeezing out the beans. Discard the empty pods.

Spicy edamame recipe tips:

  • 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.
  • Don’t overcook the edamame beans or otherwise their shells will get fragile and start to break when you’re trying to eat the beans out of their pods.

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5 from 3 votes

Spicy Edamame

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 delicious flavor.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: spicy edamame
Servings: 2
Calories: 380kcal

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Instructions:

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal

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14 comments

  1. Milena says:

    This is an incredibly elegant picture, I love the shadows. I might need several bowls of edamame spiced like this:) Your use of liquid smoke is particularly appealing.

    • Nicole Branan says:

      Thank you so much, Milena! I find liquid smoke to be a fine ingredient, it’s not exactly as good as the real thing but it comes close enough. :)

  2. Louise | Cygnet Kitchen says:

    I have to say I am totally addicted to edamame beans, I always keep a bag in the freezer! I usually steam them and serve with salt and soy but I love your spicy version. I will have to try and get some liquid smoke! Gorgeous shot too, Nicole! x

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Louise! I bet you’ll like them. And the liquid smoke is actually a really nifty ingredient for all kinds of applications, I’ve used it along with spice rubs on roasted pork in the past and it really works quite well. :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      Liquid smoke to the rescue! I always keep a bottle of it in the fridge but I don’t always remember to use it. Thank you, Abbe! :)

  3. traci | vanilla and bean says:

    It’s so fun discovering new things; wood planks and edamame! How fun! The planks are gorgeous. I was out last month driving around and spied an old barn caving in. My friend and I stopped to ask the owner if we could take a few boards… and he said yes! I love scoring finds like that! And this edamame… I’ve had it at a Japanese restaurant and love it but I’ve never tried preparing it at home. I love how you added liquid smoke and the spicy flakes. Delicious and nourishing! Your photog here… I’m curious if you used your strobe or natural light. My husband and I were studying it just love how the light falls on the edamame. My guess is natural light.. but you’re a genius at making your strobe look natural too! Thank you for this Nicole! Delicious!!

    • Nicole B. says:

      I agree, I’m always so energized by discovering new stuff! I used my trusty strobe for this photo and I’m glad it looks like natural light, that’s what I was going for. As always, thank you so much for your kind words, Traci! :)

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