Spicy and Crunchy Homemade Wasabi Peas

This wasabi peas recipe is a delightful exploration of the unique, fiery flavor of wasabi paste, an ingredient traditionally used in Japanese cuisine. The sharp and spicy taste of the key ingredient is beautifully balanced with the mild sweetness of green peas, while its heat is further enhanced by frying them to a crispy perfection. This homemade version offers a satisfying crunch that's coupled with an unexpected kick from the wasabi coating. So go ahead and try this exciting culinary adventure - your tastebuds will thank you for it!
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
10 minutes
Active Time
20 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
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Spicy and Crunchy Homemade Wasabi Peas Recipe
- 1 cup dried green peas
- 2 tablespoons wasabi paste
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Canola oil for frying


Step 1 - Prepare the peas

Rinse the dried green peas under cold water until the water runs clear. Soak them in a bowl of water overnight to soften.

The next day, drain the peas and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel.

Step 2 - Combine ingredients

In a small bowl, mix together wasabi paste, rice vinegar, salt, and cornstarch to form your spicy coating mixture.

Step 3 - Heat the oil

Heat canola oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan over medium heat until it reaches around 375°F (190°C).

Step 4 - Fry the peas

Carefully add the soaked peas into the hot oil using a slotted spoon to avoid splashing.

Fry them for about three minutes or until they turn golden brown and crispy.

Using another slotted spoon or wire mesh skimmer, remove fried peas from oil and drain on paper towels to absorb excess oil.

Step 5 - Coat the peas

While still warm but not too hot to handle, toss fried peas in your prepared wasabi mixture ensuring each pea is evenly coated.  

Spread out coated wasabi peas on parchment paper allowing them to cool completely before serving or storing away for later use.

What is wasabi root?

Wasabi root, scientifically known as Wasabia japonica, is a plant native to Japan that's commonly used in traditional Japanese cuisine. It's best known for its strong, spicy flavor which is often compared to hot mustard or horseradish. The green paste you see accompanying sushi is made from the grated stem of this plant. Beyond its culinary use, wasabi root also boasts several health benefits due to its high content of antioxidants and potential anti-inflammatory properties. 

What does wasabi root taste like?

Wasabi root, often associated with Japanese cuisine, boasts a unique flavor profile that is both pungent and fiery. Unlike the lingering heat from chili peppers, wasabi provides an intense but brief burst of spiciness that quickly dissipates. It leaves behind a slightly sweet aftertaste with subtle notes of mustard and horseradish. Its distinctive taste can be described as fresh and clean, offering a sinus-clearing sensation that sets it apart from other spicy ingredients. 

Where can I buy wasabi root?

Great question – check out our marketplace where you can buy wasabi root directly from foragers and cultivators! 

Read more here about wasabi root.

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