A small bowl with edamame beans, chopsticks and a container with red pepper flakes in the background.

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.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword spicy edamame
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 455kcal
Author Nicole Branan


  • 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 the beans and let dry.**
  • 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.


*Be sure not to 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.
**Let the cooked edamame beans dry well before tossing them into the hot spices. If you don't, they'll end up soggy.


Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.1g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 30.3g | Saturated Fat: 4.7g | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 4.6g | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 5mg