Highly recommended for your game day snack and appetizer, this Japanese garlic edamame recipe has this spicy and savory flavor that everyone will surely enjoy. No fussy ingredients and done in just less than 10 minutes.
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Edamame can be both available fresh and frozen in your grocery stores. It is also usually sold with its pods or shell while you can also get it with only beans. One pack is about 500g and can serve up to 4 servings.
Be sure to read the packaging, most Edamame packs sold contain salt or are already salted if you are watching your sodium intake. This is something you might need to be aware of and therefore no need to add salt when cooking.
Steamed or boiled edamame is usually sold and served in Japanese and Chinese restaurants where sometimes a cup size serving can seem to be expensive.
BENEFITS OF EDAMAME
Edamame belongs to the family of Soy and is also a very good source of calcium, iron, and protein.
- It can help lower the LDL (low density lipoprotein) also known as the bad cholesterol.
- It can help aid with type 2 diabetes especially unsweetened or steamed Edamame.
- It is also rich in calcium and it can help build stronger bones.
- Can help promote good weight control because Edamame is high in fiber and therefore a good snack to enjoy.
For other sources of vegetables high in protein, check this article: Ultimate Guide to Best Plant Protein Sources.
GLUTEN-FREE AND VEGAN
Edamame (young soybeans) is naturally gluten-free and this recipe is made with other gluten-free ingredients and therefore safe for those who are gluten intolerant. But you may have to check the packaging just in case you may get a flavored version.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Chopping board
GARLIC EDAMAME RECIPE
Edamame – young soybeans. It is a term in Japanese which refers to the dish and it means stem beans as it is usually sold with stems.
Garlic – adding fried garlic compliments this recipe and is something to be generous of when making this dish. Use one bulb of garlic or up to 5 cloves depending on your preference.
Soy sauce – use gluten-free soy sauce like Kikkoman’s gluten-free soy sauce.
Sugar – just a teaspoon of sugar to add flavor to your garlic edamame recipe. It gives balance to that spicy and savory flavor.
Water – you will need it to lessen the salt in this recipe and it helps to dilute the cornstarch.
Cornstarch – to create a thick sauce a half teaspoon is needed.
Cooking oil – high grade of your chosen cooking oil to cook the recipe.
Red Chili Pepper – this will give your recipe that fiery flavor and an extra kick.
Optional: Spinach – just a handful of spinach. I like adding mine to my garlic edamame recipe. It’s good for your body too, just blanch before adding to your recipe.
Alternatively, another savory sauce you can use is Mushroom-based oyster sauce, it’s already thick and flavored therefore you can skip the soy sauce and cornstarch. Use about 2 tablespoons of the sauce.
Dry chili flakes – use this alternatively to red chili peppers.
This recipe is super easy and straightforward and done in just about a few minutes. Be sure to wash your edamame and dry it before cooking.
Peel garlic and chop it into small bits.
In a small bowl mix water and cornstarch then add soy sauce and set aside.
Wash and cut red chili and set aside.
Heat a pan with oil and saute garlic until golden brown.
Add Edamame and stir-fry before adding the sauce mixture.
Be sure to coat each pod with the sauce.
Add chili and continue to stir-fry for another 2 minutes.
Serve and enjoy.
The pods or shells are not edible.
Enjoy by directly opening the pods with your teeth or using fingers to open the pods and take the beans.
Adjust the amount of garlic and red chili according to your preference.
I didn’t add salt anymore as the pack I bought was already salted.
This recipe can yield up to 2 servings with 230 calories per serving. Total Fat 12.5g | Saturated Fat 1.1g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 787mg | Total Carbohydrate 17.6g | Dietary Fiber 5g | Total Sugars 4.9g | Protein 12.9g | Vitamin D 0mcg | Calcium 124mg | Iron 2mg | Potassium 653mg
Nutrition calculation is based on using an online calculator (verywellfit) and for reference use only.
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SPICY AND SAVORY GARLIC EDAMAME RECIPE
- chopping board
- 200 g Edamame
- 1 bulb garlic (or 5 cloves garlic)
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon cornstarch
- 2 pcs red chili pepper
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- Wash and dry edamame and set aside
- Prepare sauce mixture by combining water, cornstarch and soy sauce.
- Heat the pan and add cooking oil.
- Saute garlic until golden brown then add edamame, stir-fry.
- Add the sauce and continue to stir-fry until each pod is coated.
- Add red chili and stir-fry again for another 2 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy.
- The pods or shells are not edible.
- Use regular soy sauce if preferred.
- Adjust the amount of garlic and red chili according to your preference.
- Enjoy by directly opening the pods with your teeth or using fingers to open the pods and take the beans.
- Skip the salt.