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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.
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.
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 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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- 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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