Sweet Chili Edamame

Vegan Sweet Chili Edamame is finger-licking good and ready in under 15 minutes! This salty-sweet edamame appetizer is fun, filling, and perfect for snacking!

Vegan Sweet Chili Edamame

We’re seriously crushing on edamame lately, can ya tell?

Just recently I’ve blogged a delicious trio of edamame eats including Spicy Sambal EdamameGarlic Parmesan Edamame, and (my latest obsession) Cilantro Lime Edamame Dip. So. Much. Yum!!!

Of course I’m not done yet! Today we’re rocking a sweet and savory twist on classic the edamame appetizer with a little help from Thai sweet chili sauce.

The result is a sticky, finger-licking, snack that’s bursting with flavor! You can keep things mild or break out the sriracha or crushed red pepper flakes to let some fire in on the action. The first time I made this Paul and I straight-up devoured the entire batch of edamame.

Ready to follow suit? Let’s get our recipe on!

Vegan Sweet Chili Edamame

Vegan Sweet Chili Edamame

This salty-sweet edamame is fun, filling, and perfect for snacking!

Vegan Sweet Chili Edamame
5 from 4 votes

Vegan Sweet Chili Edamame

Vegan Sweet Chili Edamame is finger-licking good and ready in under 15 minutes! This salty-sweet edamame appetizer is fun, filling, and perfect for snacking!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian Fusion
Keyword Vegan Sweet Chili Edamame
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 118 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 10 oz frozen edamame pods
  • 1 tsp sesame oil*
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2-4 TBSP sweet chili sauce
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp tsp kosher salt (plus extra to taste if desired)
  • 1-2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 TBSP chopped green onion to garnish (totally optional!)


  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a small pot or saucepan.
  2. Add frozen edamame and cook for 5 minutes or until tender but al-dente. I always test doneness by trying one first.
  3. Drain edamame and set aside.
  4. Next add your sesame oil to the pot, switching heat to medium. If the pot is crazy hot, give it a moment to cool to prevent burning the garlic.
  5. Add your garlic and cook until tender and fragrant. Next add the sweet chili sauce followed by your edamame pods, salt and sesame seeds. Toss or stir to coat. If desired, you can garnish the dish with sliced green onion.
  6. Feeling fiery? Let a little Sriracha or ground cayenne pepper in on the fun and take them from sweet to spicy! (y'all know heat is my weakness - lol)
  7. Transfer to a bowl and dive in while they're hot!

Recipe Notes

If you are purchasing steam-in-the-bag frozen edamame and wish to cook the pods that way, go for it. I feel like mine get overly mushy whenever I do so I  like the boiling method best!

* No sesame oil? no problem! your favorite healthy oil will work. Avocado oil... olive oil... anything goes!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Sweet Chili Edamame
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 162mg7%
Potassium 309mg9%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 4.9mg6%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Vegan Sweet Chili Edamame

awesome extras

Want to amp up the heat? Sprinkle some crushed red pepper flakes or a drizzle of sriracha into the pan along with your sweet chili sauce for a fiery kick! Start small and add more based on heat preference. Enjoy!

If you get a chance to try this vegan sweet chili edamame, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation!

These bad boys would be a great addition to sushi night and fabulous paired with some spicy Szechuan shrimp and broccoli.

Another edamame recipe I’m totally wild about involves seasoning the pods with kosher salt and cayenne pepper. It’s simple, crazy spicy, and just plain addictive.  No measurements needed, just start with a teeeeeny bit of cayenne then add extra to taste! I do the same thing for my kale chips too! I’m no stranger to popping down in front of a movie with a big bowl-o-edamame instead of buttered popcorn. It’s way more filling and just plain fun!

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  • Debbie

    Maybe a crazy question…do you eat the shell pods? I have only eaten edamame that has been shelled and frozen

    • Hi Debbie – not a crazy question at all! I don’t eat the pods but find that seasoning them like this and then using your teeth to pop the seeds out of the pod (kind of scraping along the pod until the little seeds pop out) gives them flavor and just overall a fun way to eat them! It’s kind of like the “pistachio effect” where it slows down your eating (like when you have to crack open each individual shell for a pistachio nut) and I feel like it makes me more mindful too. Otherwise I just shovel things in my face, lol!

  • C Halchak

    5 stars
    Have made this twice, has been a huge hit both times! Thanks!

    • Awesome! I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying the recipe! xo

  • Kimberly

    5 stars
    What a great recipe love these !!!

  • Mark Lewsader

    5 stars
    What would make this recipe even sweeter is if it included a calorie count!

    • I’ll try to get the recipe card update with one! xo

  • 5 stars
    thank you for this, love edamame too, but usually just eat it “unfinished”, so love these tweaks, sesame seeds too and 3 minutes, can’t not make this!

    • Thanks Sabrina! Hope you love it as much as we do!

  • As I’m reading this my mouth is watering! Will be making this soon!

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