A Quick, Easy, & Healthy Snack
Edamame (soy beans) is one of my favorite snacks! Sometimes, I’ll lightly dust it with salt and eat it plain. Other times, I’ll chop up some garlic, Thai chili peppers, and add a sweet or savory sauce.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly, quick and easy appetizer, this is it!
The dip leans towards the sweet side, but you can easily change its flavors by changing the soy sauce and sugar ratio or by adding some spice. If you don’t want to chop fiery peppers, consider using Sriracha. It’s as simple as that!
In Japan, edamame is often eaten with a light dusting of salt, but in Hawaii it is often dressed up. You’ll frequently find it seasoned with garlic, chili peppers, and soy bean oil.
I do a variety of combinations depending on my mood and you can too. Play around with flavors and decide what you like best.
Here’s another variation for garlic edamame from the Fresh Tastes blog, which you may want to also try. It looks simple, yet flavorful.
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- 1 (14-oz) bag of edamame
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped finely
- 1/4 C sugar
- 1/4 C soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. green onion, chopped
- Boil the edamame, as directed on the package.
- Drain in a colander, rinse, and add salt and garlic.
- Mix well.
- Pour into a dish.
- For the dip, dissolve 1/4C sugar into 1/4C soy sauce on low to medium heat.
- Once the soy sauce and sugar is combined, stir in the green onions and cilantro.
- Optional: add in a Thai chili pepper, Siracha, or sesame seeds to your dip.
- Add dip to a separate dish or combine with edamame.
This recipe was adapted from Hawaii’s Best Quick and Easy Recipes by Jean Watanabe Hee.
What’s your favorite way to eat edamame?