Frozen Edamame in the Air Fryer (Spicy Garlic Recipe)

There’s just something so fun about edamame. Squeezing the little beans out of the shells is just relaxing in a way. Instead of heading to the restaurant to get your fix, now you can make frozen edamame in the air fryer right at home!

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Why You Want This Recipe

Edamame, also known as soybeans, are a great snack. They’re naturally vegan, as well as being high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants, meaning it’s great for you. Just because it’s good for you doesn’t mean it can’t taste great too!

This recipe takes just around 10 minutes to cook, and you can use frozen edamame with no defrosting required.  While I’m going to show you how to make spicy garlic edamame, it’s incredibly easy to swap out different seasonings and flavors to suit any palette.

Ingredients List

spicy garlic frozen edamame ingredients
  • 10-oz bag frozen edamame in the pod (I have Bird’s Eye brand)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sriracha or sambal oelek 

Ingredient Substitutions and Variations

  • Any brand of frozen edamame works. I’ve also used Costco and Trader Joe’s frozen edamame before for this. While you don’t eat the shells, you do want to get the “in the pod” version for cooking. If you use shelled edamame they tend to dry out and aren’t as good
  • If someone has a soybean allergy, this recipe works well with frozen green beans too
  • You can swap the olive oil for sesame oil for additional flavor if preferred
  • The amount of seasonings may all be adjusted to taste, particularly if you want more or less heat, and feel free to omit the sriracha if you just want garlic edamame with no spice
  • Other great seasoning variations include: Cajun, barbecue, Old Bay, Italian seasoning, chili flakes, or ranch seasoning (I just don’t use anything with sugar as it tends to burn in the air fryer)
holding up spicy garlic edamame from the air fryer splitting down the middle

How to Cook Frozen Edamame in Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 390°F
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine frozen edamame pods with olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and sriracha. Stir to evenly coat
combine frozen edamame with seasonings in mixing bowl
  1. Add the seasoned edamame to the preheated air fryer basket in as close to a single layer as possible
place frozen edamame in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 10 minutes at 390°F, pausing halfway to flip the edamame or shake the basket. Edamame are done when pods begin to brown and get a little crisp
  2. Serve warm. To eat the edamame, hold one end of the pod in your hand. Put the whole pod (minus the part you are holding) in your mouth, then use your teeth to squeeze as you pull the pod with your hand. This should release the beans into your mouth, while transferring the seasoning on the pods along with them
overhead view of air fryer spicy garlic edamame in a white bowl

What to Serve With Edamame

  • Sushi
  • Tempura
  • Fried rice
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Soba noodles
  • Burritos
  • Tacos
  • Poached fish
  • Shrimp
  • Chowder
  • Green salads
  • Grain bowls
  • Stir fry

Try your spicy garlic air fryer frozen edamame with my crispy Frozen Tempura Shrimp in the Air Fryer, quick Frozen Fried Rice in the Air Fryer, teriyaki Air Fryer Salmon Bites, or atop some tasty fish tacos made with Mahi Mahi Cooked in the Air Fryer

Recipe FAQs

Can You Air Fry Frozen Edamame?

Yes, you can air fry frozen edamame. It may be cooked directly from frozen, with no defrosting required.

It is best to use shelled edamame in the air fryer, as the exterior will brown and become somewhat dry. However, the beans themselves, which you actually eat, remain perfect.

Can You Cook Edamame Beans From Frozen?

Yes, you can cook edamame beans from frozen. There is no need to thaw frozen edamame in advance.

In fact, this is true regardless of whether you’re cooking them in the air fryer, microwave, or on the stovetop.

How Long to Air Fry Frozen Edamame?

On average, it takes between 8 to 12 minutes to air fry frozen edamame.

The time will vary slightly based on your specific air fryer, as well as how tightly packed your beans are.

Is Frozen Edamame Already Cooked?

Typically frozen edamame is partially cooked, as it has been blanched before freezing.

As such, you will be heating it from its frozen state and finishing the cooking process when you prepare it.

Do You Eat the Skin of Cooked Edamame?

No, you do not eat the skin of cooked edamame. Use light pressure from your teeth to squeeze the pod and pop the interior beans out.

The pods are fibrous and tough, making them undesirable to eat.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • Feel free to garnish with a little sea salt after cooking for a more prominent salty flavor
  • You can add more sambal or top with red pepper flakes for additional heat after cooking as well (it’s always easier to add more heat than to take it away)
  • It is normal for the outside of the pod to brown during cooking. Don’t worry, the soybeans (the part you eat) will be perfect!
  • You’ll also notice some of the edamame pods will naturally split open during cooking. It doesn’t hurt them at all, and saves you work eating them!
holding an air fried spicy garlic edamame

More Asian Inspired Frozen Air Fryer Snacks

Final Thoughts

This frozen edamame in the air fryer is a simple way to make an Asian-inspired snack in only about 10 minutes. While I love spicy garlic edamame, they’re easily adjustable to other flavors to suit a variety of tastes.

Speaking of, soybeans are naturally vegan and vegetarian friendly. So, unless you’ve got a soy allergy to contend with, this is one appetizer, side, or snack that’s approved for a variety of dietary restrictions.

That doesn’t mean they sacrifice flavor, though!  I enjoy edamame any time we’re having sushi and sometimes just for a snack because they’re delicious!

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Spicy Garlic Frozen Edamame in Air Fryer Recipe

Enjoy a tasty snack anytime with this simple spicy garlic frozen edamame in the air fryer. It’s ready in about 10 minutes and is vegan and vegetarian friendly!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 90 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 10 Ounces frozen edamame in the pod (such as Bird's Eye)
  • 1 Tsp olive oil
  • ½ Tsp salt
  • ½ Tsp garlic powder
  • ½ Tsp sriracha or sambal oelek (I used sambal)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 390°F
  • In a mixing bowl, combine frozen edamame pods with olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and sriracha. Stir to evenly coat
    10 Ounces frozen edamame in the pod, 1 Tsp olive oil, ½ Tsp salt, ½ Tsp garlic powder, ½ Tsp sriracha or sambal oelek
  • Add the seasoned edamame to the preheated air fryer basket in as close to a single layer as possible
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 10 minutes at 390°F, pausing halfway to flip the edamame or shake the basket. Edamame are done when pods begin to brown and get a little crisp at the edges
  • Serve warm. To eat the edamame, hold one end of the pod in your hand. Put the whole pod (minus the part you are holding) in your mouth, then use your teeth to squeeze as you pull the pod with your hand. This should release the beans into your mouth, while transferring the seasoning on the pods along with them

Notes

  • Any brand of frozen edamame works. I’ve also used Costco and Trader Joe’s frozen edamame before for this. While you don’t eat the shells, you do want to get the “in the pod” version for cooking. If you use shelled edamame they tend to dry out and aren’t as good
  • If someone has a soybean allergy, this recipe works well with frozen green beans too
  • You can swap the olive oil for sesame oil for additional flavor if preferred
  • The amount of seasonings may all be adjusted to taste, particularly if you want more or less heat, and feel free to omit the sriracha if you just want garlic edamame with no spice
  • Other great seasoning variations include: Cajun, barbecue, Old Bay, Italian seasoning, chili flakes, or ranch seasoning (I just don’t use anything with sugar as it tends to burn in the air fryer)
  • Feel free to garnish with a little sea salt after cooking for a more prominent salty flavor
  • You can add more sambal or top with red pepper flakes for additional heat after cooking as well (it’s always easier to add more heat than to take it away)
  • It is normal for the outside of the pod to brown during cooking. Don’t worry, the soybeans (the part you eat) will be perfect!
  • You’ll also notice some of the edamame pods will naturally split open during cooking. It doesn’t hurt them at all, and saves you work eating them!
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, seasonings, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 74gCalories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 5.8gProtein: 8gFat: 4.5gSaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 312mgPotassium: 349mgFiber: 3.5gSugar: 1.9gVitamin A: 3.5IUVitamin C: 7.1mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1.5mg
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Katie Vine