Spicy Garlic Edamame (The Ultimate Appetizer!)

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Overflowing bowl of spicy chili garlic edamame in pods

Restaurant quality edamame at home? Yes, please! Say hello to salty-sweet perfection with this Spicy Garlic Edamame. The sticky sauce clings beautifully to each pod for savory flavor in every bite! 

This edamame is the perfect protein-packed appetizer or side for stir-fries, noodles, and beyond! Just 8 ingredients and 30 minutes required. Let us show you how it’s done!

Edamame in their shells, red pepper flakes, ginger, tamari, maple syrup, arrowroot starch, garlic, water, and coconut oil

What is Edamame?

In Japan, edamame refers to the popular appetizer or side made by blanching young soybeans in their pods. The soybeans get removed from the pod with your teeth and the remaining pods are discarded. A similar dish is served in China and Taiwan, where it’s called maodou (source).

The reason edamame is green (instead of beige like dried soybeans) is because edamame pods are picked before they fully ripen. Picking them early means they’re sweeter and have more of certain nutrients like folate and vitamin K. Edamame is also rich in protein and contains all the essential amino acids.

How to Make Spicy Garlic Edamame

This easy recipe begins with sautéing red pepper flakes, garlic, and ginger in coconut oil (or another oil) to infuse the oil with spicy, garlicky goodness.

Sautéing garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes in coconut oil

Then we add tamari and maple syrup for a sweet and savory match made in heaven. A mixture of arrowroot starch and water goes in next, and when heated, it turns the mixture into a thick and sticky sauce.

Whisking chili garlic sauce in a skillet

Next, we add in boiled or steamed edamame pods and stir to coat them in the flavorful sauce. And optionally, stir in some toasted sesame oil for an extra pop of flavor.

Adding edamame pods to a skillet of sauce

The result is tender, saucy pods ready to devour. When ready to eat the edamame, grip one end of the pod with your fingers and use your teeth to scoop out the beans. Once the beans are eaten, you’ll discard the leftover pods.

Stirring edamame pods in a sticky sauce

We hope you LOVE this edamame! It’s:

Sweet
Spicy
Savory
Saucy
Perfectly salty
& Addictively delicious!

We love serving it as an appetizer or side, especially paired with dishes with similar flavors, like General Tso’s Cauliflower or Crispy Miso Chickpea Bowls with Garlic Sesame Dressing. It’s also delicious alongside stir-friesfried rice, or noodles!

More Plant-Based Appetizers

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Bowl of cooked spicy garlic edamame pods

Spicy Garlic Edamame (The Ultimate Appetizer!)

Salty, sweet, and spicy chili garlic edamame! An addictively delicious and protein-packed appetizer or side. Plant-based, gluten-free optional, and just 8 ingredients and 30 minutes required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Close up shot of a bowl of spicy garlic edamame
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 (~3/4-cup servings)
Course Appetizer, Side
Cuisine Chinese-Inspired, Gluten-Free (optional), Japanese-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. frozen edamame in pods
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (or sub avocado oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely minced or grated (~1 inch piece)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ Tbsp tamari (ensure gluten-free as needed)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil (optional)

Instructions

  • Cook the edamame according to package instructions — microwaving (covered), steaming, or boiling all work equally well. We boiled our edamame in 3 quarts of salted water for ~8 minutes, drained, and set aside.
  • While the edamame cooks, combine the water and arrowroot starch in a small mixing bowl or measuring cup. Whisk until the starch is dissolved. Set aside.
  • Next, melt the coconut oil in a large rimmed stainless steel or non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Once melted, add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and lightly sizzling, but be careful not to let the garlic burn or it can become bitter.
  • Add the tamari and maple syrup and stir to evenly combine, then add the arrowroot/water slurry. Bring this mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes until sauce is thick and sticky.
  • Remove from heat, add the edamame, and stir to combine with sauce. Finish with the toasted sesame oil (optional), toss, and enjoy! Delicious alongside stir-fries, fried rice, or noodles!
  • Best when fresh, but it will keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat in a microwave or covered and steamed in a skillet. Not freezer friendly.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 (3/4-cup serving) Calories: 207 Carbohydrates: 17.3 g Protein: 14.9 g Fat: 10.5 g Saturated Fat: 3.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 442 mg Potassium: 641 mg Fiber: 4.4 g Sugar: 6 g Vitamin A: 175 IU Vitamin C: 17 mg Calcium: 151 mg Iron: 2.7 mg

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  1. Rebecca says

    I made this and it was amazing. I just stood over the stove eating edamame after edamame as my nose ran due to the perfect spice level (I used 1 tsp of red pepper flakes.) I made 15 ounces of edamame but there was still a lot of saucy stuff left, so I added another 5 ounces of edamame and they were still deliciously covered in sauce.

  2. Vicki Vernig says

    I made this last night using green beans as I didn’t have edamame on hand. It was fantastic! The only modification I made was to use a heaping tablespoon of pepper flakes because we love the heat.
    I’m going to try this using chicken, cut into cubes, and serve over rice.
    Keeper recipe…thank you!!

  3. sherry M says

    i adore edamame and i love these flavours. i had to tell a friend not to chew the pods! she said they were ever so hard :-)

  4. Allison says

    Can you use shelled edamame with this recipe? I hesitate buying edamame in the shell because of stories I’ve heard about sometimes you might find a worm inside the pod. So it is best not to eat the edamame in the shell the traditional way of sucking the pea out of the pod, but rather, you should open the pod first and see what’s inside.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Allison, we do think it would still be delicious with shelled edamame. Let us know if you try it!