Easy ADHD Recipes: Garlic Teriyaki Edamame

Garlic teriyaki edamame recipe for easy ADHD recipes

Feeding yourself while neurodivergent can be difficult. Whether it’s due to texture aversions, bouts of hyperfocus, or general kitchen overwhelm, I’m always looking for easy ADHD recipes. One easy ADHD snack that I love is edamame. They’re easy to make, a complete protein, and full of good things like fiber, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

They’re also easy to make. You can get them frozen in their shells or already shelled. I have an aversion to some freezer food because something about the texture or taste is just off to me but edamame doesn’t have that effect. That’s a big plus for me because fresh produce tends to rot in my fridge. To cook them, you can boil, steam, or throw them in an air fryer and it only takes a few minutes. They’re delicious with just a bit of salt on them which is why they make such a great healthy ADHD snack option.

Garlic Teriyaki Edamame

I love salted edamame but my novelty-seeking brain was excited to find this recipe for garlic teriyaki edamame. When I saw it, I knew I had to test it out for our Neurodivergent Recipe series! It’s a fun, simple mixup which makes it perfect for an easy ADHD recipe. The Savvy Kitchen‘s recipe is great and I have no notes so all credit is theirs! The only change I’ve made is the Splenda. No hate if you’re a fan, we just don’t really use it as much where I live. I also just like the flavors enough on their own without adding sugar.


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 package (12 oz/340 grams) frozen edamame in the pod (but do not eat the pod)
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds

How to Make This Easy ADHD Recipe

  1. Put the water and garlic in a saucepan over high heat, and bring it to a boil
  2. Stir in frozen edamame
  3. Cook for about 3 minutes until the liquid is nearly evaporated and the edamame are hot
  4. Reduce heat to medium-high
  5. Stir in teriyaki sauce, vinegar, and red pepper flakes
  6. Stir constantly for about 4 minutes until the edamame is coated and the sauce has thickened
  7. Remove from heat and sprinkle with sesame seeds

This may not be a great snack to eat at your desk since your hands will get a bit messy when you pop the beans out of the pods. What do you think? Would you try this easy ADHD snack?

Would you try this easy ADHD recipe? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

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