Gone are the days when edamame was mere foreplay before a Japanese omakase dinner.

In first line, omakase dinners have become less of the norm as we practice a socially distanced new normal, but in second line, edamame has kind of made it “onto the streets” and into our homes as a wonderful snacking upgrade.

The green beans can be found everywhere from frozen at the grocery store to ready-to-microwave at 7-11. And yet whilst we can appreciate these quick fixes, this need not mean our snack is any less gourmet.

Rich in protein, antioxidants, vitamins, and boasting anti-inflammatory properties, there’s plenty to love about edamame. Here are nine ways you could season it to — oft quite literally — spice it up.

Note: all recipes refer to the unpeeled edamame. Lest we forget: half the fun is peeling that shell off with your teeth.

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The Classic

Sea salt is the most common thing to season edamame with. Crank it up one tiny notch by adding rice vinegar (just a teaspoon) for extra flavour.

The Classic with a smokey twist

Want to go the extra mile? Chargrill (!) the edamame. And then add sea salt as per usual. Your snack partner will be impressed.

Savoury

This is for those people who order cheese popcorn at the cinema. Add minced garlic and parmesan to your edamame for a savoury touch.

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Savoury, more garlic-y

Could you scare away vampires with your breath? If you’re a die-hard garlic lover, take things a step further and fry the garlic before adding to your edamame. This will add a nice extra crunch. Then, add chili flakes, because you only live once.

Fiery, slightly Mexican

Put together this winning combination: chili powder, lime juice, and chopped cilantro. We’re not sure if they do this in Mexico, but it is buenisimo.

Citrus infusion

If you like things a little sour, and want to trick yourself into upping your vitamin C intake, this is the way. To your edamame add lemon zest, orange zest, lime zest, and salt.

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Fiery, slightly Malaysian

Why not make use of other Asian condiments to spice this bad boy up? Add sambal olek and lime to your edamame for a nice kick. We hear people have also tried this with Sriracha or Gojuchang sauce. The world is your oyster.

Fiery, slightly Szechuan

For all those who are not here to mess around, try this combination. Add minced garlic, sesame oil, red chili flakes, and cracked pepper to your edamame. Then thank us later.

And if you want to go a bit extra…

Try sautéed edamame (in butter) with some bonito flakes sprinkled on top. Nobody needs to know you got these beans at the corner store.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.