Never eat edamame by itself again.  This Spicy edamame recipe is flavored with Japanese Seven Spice.  In less than 20 minutes,  you will have the perfect protein snack with a kick!

Edamame is supposed to be the healthiest snacks in the world….

…. but I find them to be dull and boring!

Whose with me?

Every time I have used edamame on my blog, I have always flavored it.  Last time, I flavored it with Thai spices and it was delicious!

Front view of the author's hands holding a white bowl filled with edamame pods
These spicy edamame are the perfect vegan protein recipe

The magical spice!

The star of this recipe has to be the (Affiliate Link) Japanese seven spice!

What amazing flavors!!

I also found out that it is known by a few names:

1) Shichi-mi tōgarashi (main)

2) Nana-iro tōgarashi

3) ..or simply “shichimi”

🍅 Handy Tip: Do not thaw the edamame, if using frozen edamame in pods. They get soggy and messy. Cook them frozen.

How is Shichi-mi tōgarashi pronounced?

I have been trying to pronounce the main name out loud and I think I almost have it.  Ask me in another month and I just might be able to speak it like a pro.

I think it’s better I send you to a link where it is pronounced correctly by a Japanese speaker. Want to learn out to pronounce Shichi-mi tōgarashi?

👩‍🍳 Substitution tip: Traditional recipe for edamame calls for using sesame oil. Instead, you can use coconut oil or avocado oil.

Ingredients in Japanese seven spices

  1. Red Pepper
  2. Sichuan Pepper
  3. Ginger
  4. White Sesame Seeds
  5. Black Sesame Seeds
  6. Orange Peel
  7. Nori Flakes
Front view of a pair of chopsticks holding one piece of edamame pod
These edamame pods take less than 20 minutes to make.

How does the spice taste?

It has a very strong flavor and it completely enveloped my mouth with a delicious taste explosion!  The 7 spices are so perfectly blended to create a tangy, spicy, salty and umami flavor.

The Sichuan pepper is the one that awakened my taste buds first! They are the dominant flavor in the spice and I LOOOVED it!

You can also taste the umami flavors coming from the nori flakes. It’s the least prevalent flavor in this seasoning, but it’s definitely a very important flavor.

You know how much I love my spicy food, so, not surprisingly, I fell in love with the seasoning right away.  It’s made my miso-glazed eggplant and my Japanese stir fry with udon noodles taste AMAZING.

👩‍🍳 Substitution tip: You can use shelled edamame instead of these unshelled. Just add a little less Japanese spice.

Answering Common Questions

Can you eat edamame pod?

No, edamame pods are not edible. They are very fibrous and cannot be broken down by teeth or your stomach. They are too rubbery for humans to digest. You just suck the beans out of the pod and then, discard or compost them.

What is the advantage of not shelling the edamame pods

Not shelling the pods forces you to use your teeth which has a flossing effect. That’s the rumor anyway. I have no way of proving it, lol. But, I always ate them unshelled.

Do I have to thaw the frozen edamame?

No, you don’t have to thaw them out. My cooking method will make sure that they cook evenly. Thawing them before hand just makes them soggy and harder to cook.

Can these edamame recipe be made ahead?

Yes, you can make them ahead of time. But, personally, I prefer them right out of the pan! They taste great when they freshly cooked and don’t take more than 20 minutes to cook.

Can I use shelled edamame

Yes, you can easily use shelled edamame in this recipe. Just use a little less of the Japanese seven spices. I used just 1 tsp when I made it without the shells
I have also used shelled edamame in couscous salad and quinoa wraps

🍅 Handy Tip: Put it into meal prep recipes like noodles or salad recipes. They are an easy way to get your protein.

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Front view of the author's hands holding a white bowl filled with edamame pods

Kickass Japanese Edamame Pods

These Edamame Snacks are flavored with Japanese Seven Spices and Sesame Seeds.
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 cups
Calories 251 kcal



  • In a skillet or small pan, add the oil
    2 tsp coconut oil
  • Heat on medium heat for 10 seconds
  • Add the Edamame.  If using frozen, DO NOT thaw
    2 cup Edamame
  • Add the seven spice and mix well
    1½ tsp Japanese Seven Spice Seasoning
  • Let it cook uncovered for about 12 minutes or until the skin starts to wrinkle
  • Add the sesame seeds and lime juice
    2 tsp White Sesame Seeds, 2 tsp Black Sesame Seeds, ½ tsp Lime Juice
  • Mix one more time and then turn off the heat after 30 seconds
  • Let it cool to touch before serving


#1 Use this spice amount based on your spice tolerance.  I like my food on the spicy side, so, I put extra in this recipe. 
#2 Traditionally, Japanese cooking uses canola or vegetable oil.  I am trying very hard to lessen my use of these oils which is why I used coconut oil.  Feel free to use your oil of choice
  • Do not thaw the edamame, if using frozen edamame in pods. They get soggy and messy
  • The Japanese seven spices includes both sesame seed types. But, I like to add extra, so that’s why you will see them listed in the recipe too.
  • Traditional Japanese version of this recipe uses seed oils which are just not good for my body. So, I used coconut oil and you can also use avocado oil
  • Eat these edamame right out of the pan because they will be more delicious.
  • Can be used in meal prep recipes.
  • If you want to use shelled edamame instead of the pods, follow the same steps. The only thing different would be to use less spice.  Go with about 1 tsp of it.


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 17gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 675mgFiber: 8gSugar: 3gVitamin C: 9.5mgCalcium: 137mgIron: 4.1mg
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