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1,000 Foods to Eat Project
The book 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton lists edamame as one of the foods to eat. She says that the foods she lists in her book are the tastes that every food lover should experience or dream about. I am working my way through these foods, and edamame is food #29 that I am posting about!
Edamame are young soybeans that are harvested before they are ripened or hardened. Spicy Edamame is my favorite way to eat edamame!
The first time I discovered edamame was at the cinema. They were offering this on their menu, I ordered, and happily shelled and munched my way through the film! These were salted edamame, and oh so delicious.
But I like SPICE. So I found a recipe for Spicy Edamame, from one of the Japanese restaurants here in San Antonio, which I tweaked a bit and let me tell you...I was in HEAVEN! These Spicy Edamame are absolutely addictive. They are bathed in a hot chili oil and ginger based sauce...need I say more?
Using a spicy chili sauce is such a great way to prepare this wonderful food.
I can sit and snack on these all day...and did I happen to mention that edamame is really good for you? Nutritionally sound..you can feel good about enjoying this most delicious and healthy snack, or side!
The ingredients you will need to make this delicious, healthy, and great appetizer are:
- Edamame pods (can use fresh edamame or frozen edamame)
- Hot chili oil - I used Fly by Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp
- Soy sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Oyster sauce
- Green onions
You should be able to get all of these items at Asian grocery stores, and maybe even your local grocery stores.
Before I made this I wasn't very familiar with mirin, but I learned that it is similar to sake. It's an essential ingredient in Japanese cooking with a lower alcohol content than sake but with a higher sugar content.
By the way you'll make more of the ginger based spicy sauce than what is needed for this particular recipe. So you can use the extra ginger based sauce as a dipping sauce for veggies, or even mixed into some rice!
Instructions For This Spicy Edamame Recipe
This easy recipe is so simple and has tons of flavor!
Start by preparing the edamame if frozen. Cook according to package directions and leave aside. It is very often prepared by steaming or boiling.
Prepare your Ginger Sauce by combining soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, sugar, oyster sauce, ginger, green onions, and garlic.
Heat up the butter in a large pan on medium-high heat. Add the boiled or steamed edamame and continually stir fry around 3 minutes.
Remove from the heat, and stir in the hot chili oil and 3 tablespoon of the Ginger Sauce.
That's it! So easy and soo very delicious!
How To Serve This Spicy Edamame
Enjoy this deliciously sweet, salty, and spicy edamame!
This is great as a side dish, and its such an easy snack or easy appetizer. It's also perfect for your sushi night and as good as the edamame at your local sushi restaurant!
To eat these, simply squeeze the edamame beans from the shells. The edamame shells are not edible and need to be discarded.
I hope you'll give this absolutely delicious Spicy Edamame a try. Once you do, it just may become one of your go to edamame recipes. Soy beans are so delectable served this way!
All credit for this recipe goes to former culinary arts student Anthony Santonastaso!
Some substitutions for the hot chili oil are a chili paste such as sambal oelek. You could also try a chili garlic sauce as a sub. I do highly recommend the hot chili oil for this dish though.
Both WebMD and Healthline mention that edamame may lower cholesterol. Specifically LDL cholesterol, which may increase one's risk of heart disease. However, it's important to see medical advice from your own health care provider if this is a concern for you.
Some Other Recipes You May Enjoy!
Cold Soba Noodles With Dipping Sauce
1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die
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- 1 lb edamame can use frozen or fresh edamame
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon hot chili oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce I used Kikkoman
- 2 tablespoon mirin I used Aji-Mirin from Kikkoman
- 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 ts sugar
- 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1.5" piece ginger peeled and minced
- 2 green onions sliced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- Prepare edamame if frozen. Cook according to package directions and leave aside.
- Prepare your Ginger Sauce by combining soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, sugar, oyster sauce, ginger, green onions, and garlic.
- Heat up the butter in a large pan on med high heat. Add the edamame and continually stir around 3 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, and stir in the hot chili oil and 3 tablespoon of the Ginger Sauce.
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