How To Make Wasabi Peas

When we were introduced to fresh wasabi, we were in awe of its appearance, aroma and taste—as opposed to the knobs of dyed horseradish that show up on our sushi plates. After trying some, we were inspired to recreate one of our favorite snacks, wasabi peas, in which crisp peas are coated in a spicy wasabi paste.

You have to use freeze-dried peas for this recipe. Trust us: We tried drying our own fresh peas—but it didn't work out so well, because the water content causes the peas to shrivel when they are drying. The freeze-dried ones are easy to find and make a world of difference.

To learn more, read "Wasabi Here Now."

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Fresh Wasabi Peas Recipe
5 from 4 ratings
You haven't had wasabi peas until you've had them with fresh wasabi. Get the recipe on Tasting Table.
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
1
hour
Servings
2
Cups
wasabi peas
Total time: 1.25 hours
Ingredients
  • ½ cup finely grated fresh wasabi
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups freeze-dried peas
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 225 F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the wasabi, mirin, rice vinegar, mustard powder and salt.
  3. Add the freeze-dried peas, and toss to coat. Stir the mixture gently so that all the peas are fully coated with the paste but not broken up. Arrange the coated peas on the prepared baking sheet, making sure that no peas are touching.
  4. Bake until dry, 60 minutes. Let cool completely, then transfer to a bowl and serve.
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