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Charred Lemon Garlic Edamame Recipe

Easy and quick to make charred Edamame recipe loaded with natural umami and tossed with a garlicky lemon butter. Fantastic as a quick and flavorful snack for any time of the day or event.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Japanese
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks


  • 250 g frozen edamame (whole pods, approximately 2 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (add 1-2 more teaspoon more if you like it a bit more tangy)
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest (optional, for a more lemony flavour)
  • Salt to taste (or soy sauce)
  • chili oil or sriracha (optional, to make it spicy)


Preparing & Charring the Edamame

  • Place the frozen edamame in a bowl and soak it in hot water for 5 minutes. (If you are using fresh edamame,  you can skip this step)
  • In a skillet, set the heat to medium heat and wait until it gets very hot. You do not need to put oil into the pan, since we are aiming to char it and not fry it.
  • Once the pan is very hot, add the edamame in, in a single layer. We want to make sure the pods are touching the bottom of the pan. Char it for 2-3 minutes per side.
  • When the edamame is charred, transfer it to a bowl and cover the bowl with a towel or plate and let it it steam while you make the lemon garlic butter.

Making the Lemon Garlic Butter & Putting it Together

  • Finely chop the garlic and set aside.
  • In a pan, set the stove to low heat and add in the butter.
  • Once the butter has melted, add in the garlic and toast the garlic. Garlic burns faster on the outter edges of the pan so make sure you keep stirring to keep it moving.
  • Once the garlic looks golden yellow, remove it from the heat and pour into the bowl with the edamame
  • Add in the lemon juice into the bowl and mix everything together
  • Toss it with a bit of salt. Do a taste test with one of the edamame to make sure it is the right amount of saltiness for you and adjust the salt according to your taste.
    Alternatively, you can also use a bit of soy sauce instead of salt.
  • (Optional) Add in the lemon zest if you want it more lemony flavoured
  • Serve immediately. It tastes best when it is still warm.


  • If you want to make this spicy, you can toss it in a bowl with a bit of chili oil or sriracha on it.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 22g | Sodium: 173mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g