This Spicy Garlic Edamame Appetizer is made in less than ten minutes and is packed with flavor, one of the best edamame recipes out there! It has no oils and is super healthy. Make it spicy, simply adding chili flakes to the mix.
This spicy garlic edamame recipe is a favorite, not only because everyone loves it but because it’s put together in 5 to 10 minutes. Also, it is one of those Asian recipes, that is absolutely delicious and also one of the best healthy recipes.
Spicy garlic edamame is commonly found in any Japanese restaurant.
It is really that simple! Also, it caters to most of the people’s diets restrictions ranging from vegan, no-oil, Whole Foods Plant Based to low calorie and clean eating.
We are going to show you How to make Garlic Edamame... They are also fun to eat, and kids love them!
A small number of ingredients are needed to put together this Spicy Garlic Edamame Recipe.
- Frozen edamame beans
- Minced garlic
- Reduced sodium soy sauce (tamari or liquid aminos to make it gluten-free)
Optional: dry chili flakes (chili sauce or chili paste also work). Sesame seeds to garnish.
Mince the garlic cloves and ginger knob.
Briefly steam the frozen edamame beans for 2 minutes
Make spicy garlic sauce
Briefly stir fry the minced garlic, garlic cloves, low sodium soy sauce, and pepperoncino flakes on medium heat. Stir constantly.
Note: if you want a really spicy sauce, add a quarter to half, extra chili sauce, or chili flakes.
Mix the steamed edamame beans and the garlic mix in the same saucepan, and you are ready.
Serve in a bowl sprinkling with sesame seeds (optional).
Taste and adjust, use more soy sauce for umami and saltiness, or garlic powder for intensity.
Eat edamame remove the edamame shells, and squeeze one end. You can do this with your hands directly bringing the edamame beans to your mouth, no forks needed!
Below are some substitutes to ensure you always make best garlic edamame recipe
- Soy sauce – use tamari sauce or coconut aminos to make it gluten-free.
- Garlic – use 1 teaspoon of garlic powder or 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- Ginger – use 1 tablespoon of ginger powder instead
- Edamame - you can use shelled edamame beans instead of whole beans. Increase all seasonings by 50%.
You can easily adjust your spicy garlic edamame recipe with these hints.
This recipe is already spicy as it is. You can add ¼ teaspoon of pepperoncini (chili sauce or chili flakes) to make an extra spicy edamame sauce or reduce it to ⅛ to make it mild.
Some people like adding some vegetable oil or sesame oil, it tastes great, but I like to keep this recipe super healthy, as it is already packed with flavor. If you are using oil, simply use one tablespoon and add it while you stir-fry the edamame sauce.
You can also choose to use a teriyaki sauce, in place of the soy sauce and garlic, and add chili paste to make it spicy.
Omit the pepperoncino (unless you are in Mexico!). Also, you can use garlic powder instead of minced garlic to reduce the spicy garlic sauce's intensity.
Steamer or colander. Any of them work. Just avoid edamame beans becoming in contact with water. They are delicate and just need a brief exposure to steam to be ready to eat.
Small saucepan. Use a small saucepan to stir the seasonings. Since we use small quantities, a large one may make it hard to mix well, and the soy sauce may dry up immediately.
Try not to overcook the garlic; otherwise, it will be bitter and ruin the marinade. The cooking takes only 2-3 minutes so, keep stirring and don’t get away from the saucepan.
Don’t overcook the edamame beans as they will become too soft and will lose their bright color—steam for 2 minutes, no more.
If you are curious to know more about edamame benefits or want more edamame recipes, check out our Vegan Poke bowl, where you can also find shelled edamame in action, making a full meal.
How to Serve
Edamame beans make a great appetizer for most Japanese and Asian Inspired dishes such as sushi or Chinese dishes.
Edamame beans are packed with health benefits and their nutritional value is outstanding, given their exceptional build of macronutrients; that is, proteins, fats, and complex carbohydrates.
We like serving them with Wakame Seaweed Salad, which you can easily get at an ethnic store, thaw and serve with a splash of soy sauce and sesame seeds.
Another recipe I found deliciously from a sister blogger, is this Edamame Soba Noodles, which are worth trying.
So does edamame give you gas? The answer to this question is yes, it can give you gas when eaten in excess. When we eat we digest food and we end up with byproducts – one of these byproducts is flatulence – or as known in the medical field: gastrointestinal (GI) emissions.
Edamame does cause gas because it contains both raffinose and stachyose which are known prebiotics.
What does that mean? Well, science geeks, to simplify it: the raffinose and stachyose in edamame can't be digested by us because we don't have the enzyme needed to digest these sugars.
As a result, this undigested mixture ends up in your colon where bacteria do digest it. These undigested sugars (food) are what cause flatulence, bloating, and possibly stomach pain.
So does edamame give you gas? Yes, it does! Simply try to eat it in moderate quantities.
More Vegan Appetizer Recipes?
More spicy recipes
If you are like us and indulge in spicy dishes, you might love our Spiced Roasted Cauliflower recipe, the Vegan Chili recipe, and our Thai curries; some of our favorites are the Thai Red Curry and Thai Yellow Curry.
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Spicy Garlic Edamame
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes or peperoncino
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds to garnish
- Mince the garlic cloves and ginger knob.1 knob ginger, 4 garlic cloves
- Steam. Bring about ½ inch of water to boil. Place a steamer or metal colander on top, and add the edamame beans. If the edamame benas are frozen, allow for 4 minutes. If they have been thawed, allow 2 minutes.18 oz edamame
- Drain the edamame beans.18 oz edamame
- Stir fry. In a small saucepan, stir fry in low heat, the minced garlic and ginger, soy sauce, water, and pepperoncino flakes. Keep going for 2 minutes and remove from heat.4 garlic cloves, 4 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 knob ginger, 4 tablespoons water, ½ teaspoon chili flakes
- Mix everything. In the same saucepan, add the edamame beans and mix.
- Serve in a bowl sprinkling with sesame seeds (optional).1 tablespoon sesame seeds
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