The Best Garlic Edamame Recipe

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Garlic edamame is a favorite snack of mine. This healthy recipe is good for making tasty snacks but it’s also a great appetizer for main dishes.

Read on, and I’ll show you how you can munch on one of the best edamame recipes in just 10 minutes!

A big plate of edamamae pods covered in a garlic sauce.

About this

My first taste of spicy edamame was at a Japanese restaurant. It was love at first bite and right then and there I knew I had to make this small dish in my own kitchen.

Like our kale chips, this spicy garlic edamame recipe starts with some olive oil and sea salt.

From there, we kick things up a bit with a spicy sauce that is full of garlicky goodness.

A bowl of garlic edamame pods with a pair of chop sticks.
This spicy edamame recipe is a great healthy snack for the whole family to love.
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What’s in this?

As you can see from the ingredients, this easy recipe has tons of flavor and is my favorite way to use lots of garlic.

With this garlic edamame, you can adjust the amount of garlic you like by adding more or using less. I’m a huge garlic fan and you’ll taste it in some of my most popular recipes like my Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs, Scott’s Creamy Mushroom Meatballs, and of course in our Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Seriously, what is there not to love about adding garlic to just about anything?!

Edamame is young, immature soybeans that are tender and soft. If you ever asked, what is edamame? You’re not alone.

They are in bean-like pods. They usually are eaten as a healthy snack, with plain salt or coat them in a yummy sauce. You can buy them fresh or frozen. I think the frozen ones are the best and easiest way to buy them!

Garlic is the star of this spicy edamame recipe. We use minced garlic from a jar to make this edamame sauce.

Expert Cooking Tip – If you use fresh garlic here is how to convert the the measurements: 1 tablespoon of minced garlic is equal to 3 cloves of garlic, so you will want to use 6 cloves of garlic minced. 

Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce teams up with the garlic to put the fire in this edamame recipe by forming a chili garlic sauce. Depending on your tolerance for spicy seasoning, use as little as much as you like!

Sour Cream helps offset the heat of this chili garlic edamame and acts as a binding agent for the other ingredients, holding them all together.

Worcester Sauce (also called Worcestershire sauce) gives this easy appetizer an umami background to the spicy chili sauce. Umami is a Japanese term for a meaty and complex flavor. You might even call it savory.

Did You Know? Umami is one of the five basic tastes, along with salty, bitter, sweet, and sour.

How to make spicy garlic edamame

(See the recipe card below for the complete recipe.)

If this is your first time making this you’re in for a big treat Or, should I say a lively treat!

The first thing you’ll want to do is get all your ingredients ready. If you’re using the frozen variety, take a look at the recipe card below. You’ll want to have it thawed and ready to go.

How Thaw Frozen Edamame

If you’re making this with the frozen kind, do this first. Heat it in the microwave 3 minutes, then carefully open the bag, (steam will be hot)

How to Use Fresh Edamame

If you’re using the fresh kind, wash it before using it. Rinse and pat it dry with a paper towel before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.

OK, let’s get started with this spicy garlic edamame recipe!

A bunch of ingredients in a frying pan.
Our spicy garlic edamame is ready to eat in under 15 minutes.
  1. Place a large skillet or frying pan on medium heat, and warm the olive oil until hot and shiny. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes, making sure it doesn’t burn.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and add the sour cream, sriracha hot chili sauce, Worcester sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, onion powder, and ginger to the skillet. Whisk it all together and the sauce will be thick.
  3. Add the (thawed or fresh) edamame to the skillet.
  4. Combine until the garlic chili sauce has completely coated everything.

Substitutions and variations

  • For the sour cream, you can use plain Greek yogurt.
  • Instead of Worcestershire sauce, you can use soy sauce. This will give the spicy garlic sauce a completely different flavor.
  • Adding a dash of oyster sauce is a great way to add some Asian-inspired flavor to this garlic edamame.
  • Additional flavorings for this edamame recipe include green onions and red pepper flakes.
  • Black sesame seeds add color and a tasty texture to this healthy snack.
  • Finally, sambal oelek is a great substitution for sriracha, if you want a sugar-free edamame recipe. The texture is a bit different, but some people prefer this because the lack of sugar makes the other flavors stand out.
Grabbing some edamame from a large bowl.
Garlic edamame is a good snack, appetizer, or healthy side dish.

Sometimes I’ll add chili paste and some chili flakes to the sauce. I find it’s always good to make a little extra chili sauce which makes a perfect edamame dip for this easy snack.

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Questions from our readers

Can I put the frozen edamame directly in the skillet without using the microwave?

You can sauté it without steaming it in the microwave first.

However, I do recommend that you steam it in the microwave first since they are frozen. If you choose to not microwave you will want to heat some oil in the skillet and sauté the frozen stuff prior to making the sauce.

How do I eat edamame?

The way to eat edamame is to put one half of the pod in your mouth and
squeeze out the beans out of the edamame pods with your teeth. Then, discard the pod! Easy and FUN!

What are the nutritional facts for Edamame?

The nutritional facts for edamame beans are as follows for 1 cup of shelled pods:
– 188 calories
– 8 Grams of fat
– 13.8 grams of carbs
– 8 grams of fiber
– 18.4 grams of protein

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The Best Garlic Edamame

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Spicy garlic edamame recipe is made with a garlic chili sauce. Try it for a healthy snack, appetizer, or even as an healthy side dish. You'll love how quickly you can make this lively edamame recipe; it only take about 10 minutes to put together!
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 9 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Yield: 2


  • 9 oz edamame, 1 frozen package
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp Sriracha hot chili sauce, adjust quantity to your taste.
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch coarse sea salt, my use kosher salt.


  • In a large skillet on medium-low, heat olive oil until hot and shiny. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes, making sure it doesn’t burn.
  • On low heat, add all the ingredients to the skillet at the same time. On low heat, add to the skillet, whisk together sour cream, sriracha hot chili sauce,Worcester sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, onion powder, and ginger. The sauce will be thick.
  • Heat the Edamame in the microwave for 3 minutes, then carefully open the bag, (steam will be hot) and add to the skillet and combine until the sauce has completely coated the edamame. Turn up the heat to medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes, then remove the heat.
  • Add some coarse sea salt on top and enjoy, discarding the pods!


If you are using frozen edamame, thaw it in the microwave for 3 minutes, then carefully open the bag, (steam will be hot)
To use fresh garlic in this spicy garlic edamame recipe you will want to use 6 cloves of garlic, minced.


Calories: 268kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 134mg, Potassium: 692mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 137mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Asian
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