Easy Spicy Edamame Recipe – delicious spicy pan fried edamame perfect for healthy snacking or as an easy appetizer!
If you love popping edamame at sushi restaurants or before dinner, this easy make at home version is going to be your next favorite easy healthy snack!
We’re using frozen edamame and a simple spicy sauce to make a knockout easy appetizer that you can whip up anytime the craving strikes.
Edamame is a great healthy option to grab when you’re hungry – and this recipe is simple enough to follow for even beginner home cooks.
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What is Edamame
Edamame is a young/immature soybean that is still in the pod, popular in East Asian cuisines.
Edamame is usually cooked in the pod, and lightly tossed in salt or a little seasoning or sauce as we are here with a simple spicy sauce for extra flavor.
You can buy edamame pre-shelled – but we like to buy edamame still in the pod.
Can You Eat Raw Edamame?
Edamame has to be cooked for at least 8 minutes – and really, needs to be boiled (not pan fried, for the proper temperature.)
Raw edamame beans can cause digestive problems – so cook the toxins out of them by cooking before consuming.
Cook soybeans to tender before eating.
What Edamame To Use For Spicy Edamame
You can make this recipe with pre-shelled edamame or edamame in the shell – but we prefer the shell-on kind.
Edamame pods help give more surface area and texture for salt and seasonings to stick to so you can load your soybeans up with tons of flavor when you pop them into your mouth!
Can You Eat Edamame Shells?
Edamame usually comes in the pod still – which is technically fine in small quantities, but unadvisable and frankly tough and flavorless, to eat.
Edamame pods are extremely tough, provide very little flavor, and are hard for your body to break down – do they really don’t provide anything for you, though they are technically safe to eat.
In mass quantities, it might cause a problem for your system to handle a lot of tough fiber – but if you eat a few, you will be absolutely fine.
Edamame shells help give more surface area and texture for salt, seasoning, and sauces to stick to, so you can get more flavor into your edamame (the soybeans themselves are so small and slick, it is harder to get flavor to “stick” to them), which is why we prefer cooking edamame in the pod to eat!
What to Serve With Edamame
Edamame is a great way to start off any meal – and pairs great along just about any meaty main dish!
We love serving edamame with pork tenderloin, chicken drumsticks, pork chops, steaks, and cauliflower steaks – but we really love to serve it with seafood dinners for how light and fresh the flavor is.
We’re listing some of our favorite seafood main dishes that pair perfectly with edamame below:
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You can store any leftover edamame in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Either! We love them fresh off the stove, but I also love to snack on these as chilled leftovers.
Easy Spicy Edamame Recipe
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- 2 (12-ounce) packages of frozen edamame
- 4 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- Heat the water until it reaches a rolling boil. Add the salt and edamame and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the edamame is tender.
- Drain the edamame, and set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil before adding the red pepper flakes and garlic.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat before adding the edamame. Toss to coat the edamame in the red pepper mix.
- Transfer to a serving bowl or platter and season with salt if desired.
Amount Per Serving Calories 91Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1074mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 3g
Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.
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