A friend in Hawaii owned a restaurant with her husband that served these wonderfully garlicky and spicy edamame. It was my first introduction to this unique little bean, but my first taste made me a die-hard fan. A lot of people like them plain, but this addition of lots of sautéed garlic and red pepper paste make them deliciously addicting.
If you’ve never had edamame before, you may wonder what to do with it! One time I served these at a party here in Colorado and there were a couple of people who didn’t realize that you were suppose to pop the beans out of the tough shell. Not wanting to be rude, they proceeded to chew and chew and chew, finally deciding that I must be crazy for serving such a weird appetizer. Thankfully someone noticed that they looked like cows chewing their cud. They told them just in time to save my flawless reputation (okay, well maybe my reputation isn’t exactly flawless….) Take away: be sure to tell your friends how to eat edamame because chewing the shell into small enough pieces to swallow is like trying to bathe your cat with a garden hose… not impossible, but most likely painful.
When you eat these, you will want to get the sauce off of the shell. I usually start out daintily popping the beans out and discarding the shell, but end my eating session sucking and licking the sauce off the shell (and usually my fingers) before popping the beans. Depending on the crowd you’re with, this hopefully won’t be a problem because honestly the sauce is so good you won’t be able to help yourself and will probably end up a mess. Slurping and oohing and ahhing will ensue and you and your friends can throw dignity out the window for a time.
Garlic Chili Edamame
Make this flavorful, spicy, and delicious appetizer featuring Edamame for your next get together or a nutritious snack!
- 1 pound organic edamame in the shell heated according to package directions
- 5-7 cloves of minced garlic (about 1 Tablespoon)
- 1 Tablespoon olive or avocado oil
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1-2 teaspoons chili paste
- Step 1 Add garlic and oil to a large skillet and stir fry the garlic over medium heat for about 2 minutes
- Step 2 Add soy sauce and chili paste and stir over medium heat about 30 seconds or until heated through
- Step 3 Toss the heated edamame with the garlic chili sauce and serve