These spicy roasted edamame beans are the BOMB! Quick to make and the perfect game day snack with a cold beer. Asahi anyone?
Oh my goodness, these spicy roasted edamame beans have become one of my favourite snacks. They have a delicious bite to them, an umami flavour with a touch of saltiness and they are so hard to put down. They are also pretty darn healthy as far as snacks go.
Edamame are young soybeans and are a really common bar snack in Japan. They are usually served still in the pod, steamed lightly and dressed with a light sprinkle of salt. I love them and as I can get I’ve not found anywhere to buy them fresh locally I try to always keep a couple of bags of edamame from my local Asian food mart in the freezer so I have a bag or two for snacking when the mood takes me.
All I need to do is sprinkle with a little water and give them a quick zap in the microwave. Or if you prefer you can steam them on the stovetop. Either way, just don’t overcook them and they’ll be delicious.
Yesterday I made a quick detour into Sunlit, our local Asian grocer, to pick up half a dozen things I needed. I whipped up a bag of edamame from the freezer section and made a quick circuit to grab up the other bits, in and out in under 5 minutes. Not too bad. Until today that is, when I decide to grab a few edamame with my cuppa and find … no pods just loose beans.
After staring in disappointment at my little beans for a few minutes I tossed them back in the freezer while I thought about it. Technically I could just give them the same treatment but why not give something different a go. Perhaps bake them as I would with chickpeas and add some unexpected flavourings?
So I did and these spicy roasted edamame beans are an amazingly good snack. A little bit salty, a little bit spicy and a touch of savoury from the parmesan cheese. A perfect combo.
I think the word umami, the fifth taste, might have been coined just for these spicy roasted edamame beans.
I now keep both pods and podded edamame supplies in my freezer, not only are the loose beans great in this recipe but they are also a healthy fibre and protein addition to salads and poke bowls.
Spicy Roasted Edamame Recipe
These are just so quick, and easy to get ready right before the big game or when friends stop by. Of course, if you don’t like any of the flavours or have a hankering for something else, a touch of smoky paprika perhaps or a dash of sriracha could work well too.
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What’s your fall back snack for game day? Do you like a salty snack with a cold beer or are you more of a champagne and nibbles kind of girl?