Spicy Garlic Ginger Edamame

This spicy garlic ginger edamame recipe is ridiculously simple to make and tastes amazing. Cooking edamame at home is easy and takes minutes.

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Spicy Edamame Recipe Video

The first time we tried edamame was at a sushi restaurant. It’s often sold as an appetizer. We’ve often found it served simply with sea salt sprinkled on top of steamed edamame pods, but in this recipe, we kick up the flavors with lots of garlic, ginger and a spicy chili sauce.

What is edamame and how do I eat it?

Edamame are young soybeans, which means the beans are soft and easy to eat. Just like in this recipe, edamame is often cooked and served inside the shell. They are high in protein and essential vitamins, and they are really fun to eat.

You don’t actually eat the shell. Instead, to eat them, use your front teeth to scrape the beans out of their shell. They pop out really easily.

How to cook edamame

To cook edamame at home, start with fresh or frozen edamame in the shell. Since it’s more available, we use frozen. Then steam or boil them until the pods are bright green and warmed through. Drain them, and then sprinkle with some sea salt or skip the salt and toss the pods with our gingery garlic sauce (it’s so good).

Edamame pods with chili garlic sauce

Making the spicy garlic ginger sauce

This sauce can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator for a day or so. It’s very simple to make. Simply heat minced garlic and ginger in some oil until fragrant (this takes a minute, tops). Take the skillet off of the heat and stir in soy sauce, something sweet like maple syrup, and something spicy like Sambal Oelek or Sriracha.

I prefer Sambal Oelek, which is a powerhouse in the kitchen. It’s made with crushed raw red chiles, a little vinegar, and salt. It’s also sold in most grocery stores, just check the international aisle.

Tossing garlic sauce with cooked edamame

When the edamame is cooked, just toss in the sauce. Simple!

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Spicy edamame recipe with garlic and ginger

Spicy Garlic Ginger Edamame

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This spicy garlic edamame is ridiculously simple to make and tastes amazing. Cooking edamame at home is easy and takes minutes. In the recipe, we cook the edamame in their shells. You don’t actually eat the shells, though. To eat the beans inside, use your front teeth to scrape the beans out of their shell. They pop out really easily.

Makes about 4 servings

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You Will Need

1 pound fresh or frozen edamame in their pods

1 tablespoon neutral oil like avocado, grape seed or safflower oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

2 tablespoons light soy sauce or tamari

2 to 3 teaspoons pure maple syrup, sugar or honey

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1/2 to 1 tablespoon Sambal Oelek or Sriracha


  • Cook Edamame
  • 1Edamame can be made on the stovetop or in the microwave.

    2To boil edamame: Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a teaspoon of salt. Add the edamame and return to a boil. Cook until bright green and heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain.

    3To microwave edamame: Place the edamame in a microwave-safe dish with 1/4 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Partially cover the dish with a plate, and then microwave on high until bright green and heated through. Depending on your microwave, this can take 1 to 5 minutes.

  • Make the Sauce
  • 1Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger. Cook until fragrant, but before they brown, 30 to 60 seconds. Remove the skillet from the heat, and then stir in the soy sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil, and chili sauce.

    2Taste and adjust with additional maple syrup to balance out the soy sauce or more chili sauce to make it spicier.

    3Toss the edamame with the sauce and serve.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Sambal Oelek is a chili paste made with crushed raw red chiles, a little vinegar, and salt. It’s sold in most grocery stores, just check the international aisle.
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 183 / Total Fat 9.9g / Saturated Fat 2.9g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 265.7mg / Carbohydrate 12.9g / Dietary Fiber 5.5g / Total Sugars 5.6g / Protein 13.5g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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20 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Gina August 2, 2023, 3:06 pm

    This is an awesome recipe – sooo yummy! Even my husband liked it. I had a leftover portobello which I stuffed with shelled edamame, poured over some of this sauce and topped it with cheese for my husband.This certainly will go down in my kitchen history! Thanks! Greetings from Germany!

  • Conni June 1, 2023, 5:39 pm

    Well, as always, this did not disappoint. I ate a pound of edamame with this sauce. Now making more of the same sauce to marinate the chicken breasts and sprinkle over broccoli. SO addictive.

  • Kaveri April 11, 2023, 3:26 am

    Abs perfect ..so flavourful !! Love the sauce

  • Genoveva Calloway March 16, 2023, 1:16 am

    Great recipe

  • Rose February 25, 2023, 8:30 pm

    I will be making this edamame recipe

    • Joanne February 27, 2023, 4:05 pm


  • Lucy January 31, 2023, 7:02 pm

    Some recipes say to not eat the shell. Can we eat the shell with this recipe?

    • Joanne February 2, 2023, 1:35 pm

      Hi Lucy, While I don’t think there is anything wrong with the shell, they are quite tough/stringy. I don’t think I would eat them, personally.

  • MsLinda August 2, 2022, 4:05 pm

    Hello! This recipe is great. I had some Kadoya Hot Sesame Oil on hand that I used to cover 2 ingredients. Turned out delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    • Joanne February 27, 2023, 4:07 pm

      Glad you could figure out a shortcut!

  • Mariann May 19, 2022, 4:44 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! It turned out awesome and exactly what I was looking for. Will make again and again!

    • Joanne February 27, 2023, 4:07 pm

      Exactly what we love to hear! Thanks for coming back and sharing, Mariann.

  • Brooke September 25, 2021, 7:22 pm

    Exactly like the recipe I enjoyed in Vegas. I am addicted and adding this recipe to my recipe lineup. Thank you

    • Joanne February 27, 2023, 4:08 pm

      Yay! We first had a spicy edamame dish in a restaurant, too. We loved it so much that we had to recreate it at home. So happy you enjoy it, Brooke!

  • Jim August 6, 2021, 7:28 pm

    These are the best! My wife (who is the edamame lover) thinks they are the best she has ever had.

    • Joanne February 27, 2023, 4:08 pm

      Oh wow, such a wonderful thing to read!

  • Aja February 15, 2021, 7:25 pm

    My vegan daughter and non vegan husband loved this recipe. Thank you

    • Joanne February 27, 2023, 4:09 pm

      Wonderful! So happy they enjoy it.

  • Brooke June 16, 2020, 9:31 pm

    Can’t stop snacking! This recipe is so yummy!

    • Joanne February 27, 2023, 4:09 pm

      Haha, yes! They are hard to turn down.


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