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Sesame Garlic Edamame

Ultra easy to prepare using frozen edamame. This dish is loaded with sesame garlic flavor, and full of plant protein, sesame garlic edamame might just be your newest go to side dish or appetizer!

edamame plated with sriracha

What are Edamame?

Simply, edamame are green soy beans. You can find them in the freezer section of grocery stores. They are available in their (inedible) pods, or shelled. 

For this recipe, you want to use the frozen edamame in their pods. 

When in the pods, they make a great appetizer, and when shelled, they are great to add as a recipe ingredient!  I use them in this DIY Cup of Noodle Soup recipe. 

I also love to use them in this Chicken Yakitori meal prep! 

Edamame is a very common Japanese appetizer and typically is served warm with salt. This version takes it a bit saucy! 

How Do I Cook Edamame?

cooking methods for edamame

Microwave: Place your edamame into a microwave save bowl. Cover with a silicone lid or a damp paper towel. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir the beans, and return to the microwave for 1 minute increments until tender. This is usually between 2-4 minutes total. 

Some brands have the pods in microwave steamer bags. Simply follow the directions on the package if you use them.

Air Fryer: For the air fryer you want to use shelled edamame and cook at 400F for about 7 minutes.  This Crispy Parmesan Edamame recipe is a go to snack! 

Boiled: This is as simple as adding salt to a pot of water, add in the soy beans and gently boil for about 5 minutes until the beans are tender. Run under cold water to cool. 

Steamed:  You will need a steamer basket for this method. Bring an inch or so of water to a boil. Place the steamer basket inside and place a lid on the pot. Allow the beans to steam for 7-10 minutes, until tender. Remove steamer basket from pot and run under cold water. 

The super simple Sesame Garlic Sauce! 

sesame garlic edamame ingredients

This sesame garlic sauce is the holy grail to to this recipe!

You need:

  • sesame oil 
  • fresh garlic, minced
  • minced or pureed ginger
  • soy sauce
  • sriracha
  • rice vinegar
  • honey 

How easy is sesame garlic edamame to make?!

Microwave your edamame and while that is happening, add the sauce ingredients to a pan, stir and let simmer until it thickens (a few minutes. 

Toss your cooked edamame in with the sauce. Add sliced almonds for a nice crunch factor, and you are done! 

sesame garlic edamame plated

If you make this recipe, I want to see your version! Tag me @mealplanaddict on Instagram!

edamame plated with sriracha

Sesame Garlic Edamame

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer recipe, Edamame recipe, vegetarian appetizer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 as an appetizer
Author: Steph
Ultra easy to prepare using frozen edamame. This dish is loaded with sesame garlic flavor, and full of plant protein, sesame garlic edamame might just be your newest go to side dish or appetizer!
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Sesame Ginger Sauce

  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp minced or pureed ginger
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp water

Edamame & Garnish

  • 2 cup frozen edamame (in shells)
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • pinch sesame seeds


  • Cook the frozen edamame beans via your preferred method (Boil, microwave, or steam).
  • In a large pan, heat the sesame oil on medium heat.
  • Once hot, add in the garlic and ginger. Swirl that around for 1 minute - take care to not burn the garlic or you will have to start over.
  • Add all remaining sauce ingredients and combine and heat.
  • Allow the sauce to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked edamame into the pan and use tongs to combine with the sauce until all of the pods are covered.
  • Keep on heat until sauce is desired thickness. The longer it sits on the stove, the thicker and stickier the sauce will be.
  • Top with slivered almonds and sesame seeds. Serve warm.

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