Spicy edamame

One of my favourite places to hang out in Vancouver during summer, was a pub called Local in Kitsilano, right by the beach. Their patio was sunny, the sangria was cheap and refreshing, and their edamame appetizer was delicious. I tried to copy the recipe, based on what I could taste in Local’s edamame. My spicy edamame turned out great! Except I had bought a bag of frozen edamame from T&T, the Asian supermarket downtown, and cooked the whole thing. I really should have only cooked half, because I was left with way too many leftovers, and sadly couldn’t eat it all 🙁 As usual, I’m not giving precise measurements for the ingredients, because I eyeball everything anyway, and am a big fan of taste-testing as you go along cooking. Also, it’s an excuse to snack as you cook.


  • Edamame (I bought a bag of frozen edamame, and defrosted it)
  • Ginger, grated
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Chili sauce
  • Sesame seeds
  • Drizzle of sesame oil

First, chop the grate the ginger, and chop the garlic and onion into small pieces. Pan-fry until almost crispy, and then add the edamame, a few spoonfuls of chili sauce depending on how hot you want it to be, and the drizzle of sesame oil. Remove before the edamame become too soggy, and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.

These are a great casual appetizer or snack, and I love the crispy garlic, and the taste of sesame on the edamame. Now I know your secrets, Local!

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