Edamame is sometimes the only vegetarian option available at restaurants here in Hawaii- but it’s usually a pretty good snack. If you are craving these izakaya favorites, here is an easy edamame recipe with both sweet and spicy flavors. The trick is to cook them at very high heat, to brown the sugars and sear the outsides. This is a great snack for movie night… or any night!
1 (14 ounce) package organic, frozen, edamame (still in the pods!)
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons agave
1 teaspoon soy sauce
a generous pinch crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons peanut oil
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
- In a large saucepan bring six cups of water to boil. Add frozen edamame and cook for five minutes. Rinse in cool water and drain in colander.
- In a small bowl whisk together sesame oil, agave, soy sauce and red pepper.
- In a large skillet or wok heat peanut oil until bubbling. Toss in cooked edamame, then drizzle with sesame mixture. Flash fry until edamame browns just slightly. Remove from heat and toss with coarse salt. Serve warm.
Yield: 4-6 snack-sized servings