Yen Can Cook: Spicy Edamame

Edamame, young soy beans that are harvested before they have ripened or hardened. The pods are boiled or steamed and may be served with salt. Edamame is the Japanese name which is used commonly to refer to the dish. It literally means, “stem bean” (枝 eda = “branch” or “stem” + 豆 mame = “bean”), because the beans were often sold while still attached to the stem. Sam & I loveEdamame and it’s simply our obligatory order whenever we dine in at Japanese restaurant. 

The lightly salted edamame makes a great and healthy on-the-go snack, but have you ever think about the flavoured version? I saw this easy recipe which give the protein-packed Edamame a flavor boost with addition spices and ingredients. The end result is robust and addictive, great to go with beer I would say 😛


Ingredients (Serve: 3-4)

1 package frozen edamame (approximately 300g)

4 large cloves garlic, peeled and grated (adjustable)

1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes ( (adjustable, depending on how spicy you like it)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil


Step 1: Add all ingredients (except Edamame) in a large mixing bowl, mix well. 

Step 2: Bring a large pot of water to a boil, cook the edamame in the boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Frozen edamame is already cooked, you just need to heat it up. Drain and add the hot edamame to the mixing bowl (Step 1) and toss well. 

Step 3: Serve warm, room temperature or even cold. 


The pungent kick from the raw garlic, rich flavor of the toasted sesame oil and heat from the chili flakes, this snack will create a burst of flavours in your mouth! On its own, edamame doesn’t pack a whole lot of flavor, so the possibilities of turning it into a punchy snack are endless. Here’s a few combinations you can try out, Garlic + Parmesan, Sambal + Lime, Soy sauce + Toasted sesame oil, Cumin + Roasted pumpkin seed oil and Lime.




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