Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Instant Pot Garlic Edamame

Use the Instant Pot to make steamed edamame; a great snack or starter for an Asian meal. Make it even more delicious by adding garlic and chili flakes. 10 minute recipe that you need to check out! 

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Edamame, pods of soybean make a great snack or appetizer in minutes! We LOVE this for a quick snack while watching our favorite movie at home. We first tried this version of the steamed beans at a sushi place and have been addicted since! 

Have you tried this snack yet? It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare in the Instant Pot, is healthy, good for you and definitely delicious. If you have not tried it yet, I would strongly suggest you try it once. It is addictive and will have you hooked on to it quickly! 

For those who do not know edamame; these are pods of tender soybeans that are enjoyed by separating the beans from the pods. It makes a quick snack that can be enjoyed by everybody. It needs a handful of ingredients that are generally easy to find. 

Video Recipe

Why make Edamame in the Instant Pot?

The most basic recipe of making edamame involves boiling them in salted water, draining and enjoying immediately. I have made that version over and over again. This version of the recipe is made in the Instant Pot and is way simpler than boiling in hot water. The pods need to be boiled for ATLEAST 10 minutes to get them perfectly tender. 

Using the Instant Pot makes the recipe very simple. All it needs is to pressure cook the pods for zero minutes. If you are wondering what that means; here is what it is. When the time for pressure cooking is set to zero minutes; the Instant Pot comes to pressure and once the pressure is built, it releases all the pressure. This makes sure the vegetables do not become mushy or tasteless. 

The same method is used to steam broccoli, beans, cauliflower and others. Plus, sometimes the method comes handy to make beans or carrots. It is a popular way to cook ramen or Indian Maggi in the Instant Pot too! 

Spicy version of Edamame

The traditional version of steamed or boiled edamame is often served with sushi or other Asian dishes. It is generally topped with coarse sea salt and is bland for a lot of people. 

To make this I use frozen edamame pods. They are perfect to buy at Trader Joe's or buy them online. This brand is something that I like to get pretty often. 

The same edamame can be spiced using minced garlic, chili flakes and sesame seeds. This addition takes the dish to a whole new level! Like most Asian dishes, this one is BEST made in sesame oil. The pungent flavors from the oil give the dish a great flavor. 

For all my Asian recipes I like to use this Chili Oil. Made from infusing chilies in sesame oil, this one is flavorful and pretty spicy. A little oil goes a LONG way! I always have a bottle in my pantry. 

Apart from the oil and edamame, the other ingredients can be modified as you like. If you are a garlic fan, get a couple of extra cloves in the dish. If you like some soy sauce, add that in the bowl too. I sometimes add some sesame seeds too. The crunch from the garlic and sesame is great with the creamy edamame beans.


A great snack for anyone looking for a spicy treat; this edamame recipe is easy to make. However, if you like a non spicy version, skip the last step of adding chili oil and garlic to the pods. You might just want to add sesame oil and sesame seeds in the edamame and make a delicious version.

Making a soy glaze using soy sauce, water and some oil is a great idea too. Just make sure the salt is balanced as the soy sauce is generally salted. Just pour that on steamed edamame and enjoy! 

If you would like to use the edamame beans in a recipe, steam them and shell them. Use the beans as desired in any kind if Asian recipe. They are healthy, yummy and super awesome in rice, noodles or curries. 

If you are looking for Asian recipes to enjoy with steamed edamame; try these: 


Coarse Sea Salt 1/2 tsp
Chili Oil 1 tsp
Sesame Oil 1 tsp
Garlic 3-4 cloves, minced
Chili Flakes 1/2 tsp


In the base of the Instant Pot add 1 cup water. Place a trivet in the water. 

In a steamer basket add the edamame. Place the steamer basket in the Instant Pot and close the lid. 

Press Pressure Cook and set the mode to Normal. Adjust the time to 0 (ZERO) minutes. Close the lid and move the vent to sealing. 

Once the Instant Pot beeps, move the vent to venting and let all the steam out. When the silver valve drops, open the pot and remove the steamer basket. 

Transfer the edamame to a bowl or plate and sprinkle Coarse Sea Salt over it. 

In a small pan, heat Chili Oil and Sesame Oil. Once hot, add garlic and chili flakes. Let the garlic sautĂ© for a minute and transfer everything on the edamame. 

Mix well and enjoy topped with black sesame seeds (optional). 


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