Blistered Edamame

Blistered Edamame

You know when you go to a restaurant and have a dish that is so yummy and addictive that you automatically start thinking how you can recreate it at home?  It happens to me frequently.  It happened again a few weeks ago.

soy sauce, garlic, ginger in a bowl.

The dish that captivated me was actually an updated version of one of my favorite snacks – steamed edamame.  

making marinade in a small dish.

I love edamame — with those little flakes of sea salt on top to give it flavor with a little crunch!  

edamame and asian marinade.

And it’s fun to pop the beans out of the shell between my thumb and forefinger (It’s kind of like popping bubble wrap – except there’s a reward at the end.)  Plus – it’s as simple as boiling water.  My kind of snack.  

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stir frying edamame.

Back to my revelatory experience — I was having lunch with my parents at KaPow! — a local Asian-style gastro pub.  Scott and I have eaten here several times and it never disappoints.  (I’m partial to their steamed buns and Bulgogi street tacos.)  My Mom ordered some edamame as a starter.  

tossing edamame with tongs.

Before the server even put the dish on our table, we were hit with a fragrant burst of garlic, soy and sesame!  Wow!

cooked blistered edamame.

 Of course we devoured the whole bowl, and when the waiter came back, we began to quiz him on the ingredients and preparation, which I am happy to share with you now!

serving blistered edamame.

I admit to taking a few liberties in this dish to suit my tastes.  I’ve added ginger and red pepper flakes, which you can certainly omit if you don’t share my obsession for a lasting tingle on your tongue.   

how to eat blistered edamame.

Also try spicy baked zucchini fries for a healthy snacking experience.

side view blistered edamame.
A serving bowl of blistered soy beans with sesame seeds.

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4.17 from 18 votes

Blistered Edamame

An incredibly easy 15 minute snack that will keep you coming back for more!  
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian Inspired
Keyword soy beans
Dietary Restrictions Dairy-Free, Egg Free, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3


  • 1 16 ounce package frozen edamame in pods, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 inch sized knob fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame seeds optional
  • lime wedge, optional


  • Before starting this recipe, have everything prepped. It comes together in a flash!
  • In a small bowl combine tamarin or soy sauce, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes.
  • Turn on your stove’s exhaust fan.
  • Place a large skillet over high heat – and let the pan get very hot.
  • Add sesame oil to the pan.
  • Carefully add the edamame (it can splatter) and don’t stir — allow it to sear and blister about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add tamari mixture and toss to combine and continue to cook until sauce coats the edamame – no more than 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer edamame to a serving bowl.  Optional:  squeeze a wedge of lime over the edamame.  Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 37mg | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg


This simple recipe for making edamame is anything but ordinary! With ginger, garlic, tamari and red pepper flakes it's outstanding and only 15 minutes to make!

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  1. 5 stars
    I used to think I didn’t like edamame… Turns out I just didn’t care for all the salt. I had a roasted garlic edamame similar to this in a restaurant that brought me back and this recipe is awesome. I’ve made it several times now!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe today to pack in my lunch. Turns out I was actually slightly late to work because I could not stop eating the edamame for one second to put the lid on the container! It is so delicious I can’t wait to make this for my friends.

    Thank you!

    1. I do apologize for making you late — but as you know, these are the perils of good cooking!

  3. 5 stars
    So, I don’t understand why people leave ratings if they haven’t made the recipe but I’m really glad they did because that’s what made me click on this one… and O M G!!! Sooo delicious!!!! Thank you for posting; I just made a bag of edamame and ate the whole thing. People, you will not be disappointed, super tasty!

    1. I know – these edamame are addictive! Glad you liked them!

  4. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says:

    I love that garlicky, sesame, ginger, spicy mixture! I bet it tastes amazing with these, they’re so vibrant and pretty too.

    1. Thank you, Luci! It makes a very tasty snack — especially with a cold Kirin!

  5. 5 stars
    Tasty looking morsels you have there. I’d like to reach in one of your beautiful photos and sample one, if I only could.

    1. I know – it should be like that Willy Wonka TV, don’t you think?

    1. I can’t take credit — I was inspired by that Asian gastropub!

  6. This is brilliant, I’ve made blistered peppers before, but never tried it with edamame, and I just happen to be going to Trader Joe’s this morning!

  7. 5 stars
    I totally embarrassed myself when I shared an edamame appetizer at a Japanese restaurant, and thought they were snow peas. I tried to eat the whole thing… Oy… (Also these look AMAAAAAZING)

    1. That is the funniest thing I’ve heard all day! To be fair — I think you could do the same preparation with snow peas — and eat the whole thing!

  8. 5 stars
    Ohhhh I just love edamame! This recipe sounds so delicious, especially with that garlic, sesame and soy sauce at the end! Yum!

    1. They just take it up a notch from the steamed version with sea salt. Wowza!

    1. Thanks, Lauren! They are very tasty — and so easy to make too!

  9. OMG this looks amazing!! What a gorgeous recipe, I love edamame!

  10. Tiffany @ Triple Cr?me Decadence says:

    Yummy! I could totally eat a bowl of these right now.

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  12. Marit Grimstad says:

    why not call a spade a spade`Edamame is just japanese for soy bean. So in english it should be blistered soy beans

    1. Sure. The package I bought from Whole Foods labeled them as edamame – so that’s what I called them. Also, at the restaurant the dish was called wok-charred edamame. In any case, my daughter can’t stop eating them. Enjoy!