Spicy Roasted Edamame

Written by chanie on December 25th, 2012

I am so excited about this post. And not because of the recipe (even though it is incredibly delicious!). It’s because I finally cracked the code to the mystery of food photography. OK it’s not exactly a mystery, but it was to me. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you  may have noticed how my photography has been slowly evolving. First, I ordered this book. And then this ebook. Then I took a photography class. And then I listened intently to the talented food photographer Noah Fecks at the Kosher Food Blogger Conference. And finally, finally, I pulled out my tripod from the basement. As if 2 books and a class in photography didn’t stress it enough! I was just too lazy to set up a whole mini “studio” to photograph my dishes. But slowly I’ve been pulling out little things here and there (like my son’s old portacrib mattress that serves as my lightboard!) to form my little space in the corner of my kids playroom. Here’s a peak at my “studio”!

So, now for the food! I absolutely love those spicy wasabi roasted peas that they sell with the nuts in all the drug stores. You know what I’m talking about right? Well I wanted to recreate them at home, so I started playing around with some recipes. And here’s what I learned: wasabi loses it’s potency when heated. That’s right. Once you put wasabi-anything in the oven, it loses it’s flavor and it’s like you added nothing! So, to get that spicy kick, I added Asian hot sauce (sriracha) and sprinkled on wasabi powder once the edamame were browned and toasty. The resulting healthy snack is incredibly addicting. I like the medium spice level but you can adjust the sriracha to make it more or less hot. Roasted edamame beans are best eaten fresh, straight out of the oven!

For more Chinese recipes, check out the kosher connection link-up below!

1 year ago: crunchy shriveled green beans
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  1. jessica says:

    yummy! these look great!

  2. So envious of your tripod!!! I love this post and the recipe looks great too :)

  3. Liz Rueven says:

    I heard Noah say it multiple times also! I hereby promise to take my tripod out. I’m looking for a table-top model, more importantly, for resto shots. If anyone has one to recommend I would love to know.

    Thanks for your inspiration and YUMMY recipe!

  4. Ronnie Fein says:

    Ooooh so crunchy! This is a must for New Year’s nibbling. So glad to get it today!

  5. Two questions for you…

    1. Would you recommend Plate to Pixel?

    2. How did you get your little “one year ago” status at the end of your post?

    • chanie says:

      I actually liked the ebook better. Plate to Pixel was a little too technical for me (even though she really tried not to be technical). I just write the status myself.

  6. so nice to get a glimpse into your space. Do you leave your set up this way or you have to pack up when you’re done?

    i love that there’s sriracha in these.

  7. wow, look at that photo studio. i can’t fit that in my apartment, but maybe one day! the pictures look great.

    • chanie says:

      You must be joking Stephanie! It’s a tiny kids table next to a window with a portacrib mattress stuffed into the side of a Little Tikes Hummer!

  8. This sounds like the perfect snack! I love spicy.

  9. Yehoshua says:

    I like the new srirachi bottles with the yellow easy pour covers. So much easier to use for recipes and at the table.

  10. This looks so good, the perfect healthy snack, I can’t wait to make them. And I got to get me a tripod. Thanks for showing us your studio, I love to see how people make it work.

  11. Jillian says:

    Yum! Love the presentation…looks like the perfect movie snack!

  12. This is great, I’ve seen different variations of roasted edamame but I must try this, looks delicious

  13. Sometimes I go through a phase where I MUST have something crunchy. This fits that ticket!

  14. Jamie Geller says:

    we are edamame crazy over here and I also love the wasabi roasted peas – so this recipe is so calling my name — and your pict looks great!!!

  15. The picture looks great! I love seeing your setup, it is so fun to see the “behind the scenes” of your great pictures.

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