Easy Edamame



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Learn the best way to prepare edamame in about 5 minutes with just 3 simple ingredients! It’s the perfect snack or side dish for any meal.

If you’re looking for an easy, healthy and delicious snack, look no further than this easy edamame recipe!

With just three simple ingredients, you can whip up a restaurant-quality side dish in a matter of minutes. Whether you serve this as an appetizer or snack or add the edamame to a salad or stir-fry, this recipe is a great one to keep in your back pocket!

Easy edamame in a bowl.

Edamame Health Benefits

Edamame is a green, immature soybean that is usually boiled or steamed and often eaten as a snack or as a side dish in Japanese cuisine. That said, it can also be served in a variety of dishes, such as salads and stir-fries. In the United States, most edamame is found in the freezer section with other frozen vegetables. You can buy it shelled (sometimes called mukimame) or in the shell, which is what we’re using for this recipe.

Edamame has some wonderful health benefits. It’s high in plant-based protein (1 cup has about 18 grams), fiber and vitamins. It’s also a good source of healthy fat and antioxidants while being low in calories and cholesterol.

Ingredients measured out to make Easy Edamame: frozen edamame, kosher salt and flaked sea salt.

Ingredients Needed

  • edamame – for this recipe we’re using a bag of frozen edamame pods, not shelled edamame.
  • kosher salt – helps to enhance the flavor of the edamame beans and ensure that they are cooked to the proper texture. The salt also helps to tenderize the beans and can prevent them from becoming tough.
  • flaked sea salt – for added flavor when serving! I love Maldon sea salt flakes.
Side by side photos: edamame pods being cooked in a pot of salted water, another photo of the pods being drained.

How to Make

This recipe couldn’t get any easier to make!

Just bring a large pot of water to a boil with kosher salt. Once boiling add the frozen edamame to the water and cook until bright green and tender, about 4-5 minutes. Drain and place it in a bowl. Sprinkle edamame with flaked sea salt and serve warm.

How simple is that?!

A bowl of edamame with salt.


  • Spicy: Sprinkle with red pepper flakes or drizzle hot sauce or sriracha on edamame pods
  • Miso: Toss with miso paste and sesame oil
  • Garlic: Toss with garlic powder or minced garlic, black pepper and olive oil
  • Lemon: Sprinkle with lemon zest and sea salt
  • Curry: Toss with curry powder and a little coconut milk
  • Teriyaki: Toss with teriyaki sauce and sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds
  • Honey: Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with sea salt
  • Sesame: Sprinkle with sesame seeds and a splash of soy sauce
  • Wasabi: Mix with wasabi paste and a little olive oil
A bowl of edamame.

How to Serve Edamame

A bowl of cooked edamame.

How to Store

Once cooked you can store any leftovers in an airtight sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

More Edamame Recipes to Try

More Snack Recipes to Try

Be sure to check out all of the edamame recipes as well as the full collection of snack recipes here on EBF!

5 from 3 votes

Easy Edamame

Learn the best way to prepare edamame in about 5 minutes with just 3 simple ingredients! It's the perfect snack or side dish for any meal.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 bag frozen edamame, in pods
  • 4 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • ½-1 teaspoon flaked sea salt, for serving


  • Add kosher salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil.
    A pot of water.
  • Once boiling add the frozen edamame to the water. Cook until bright green and tender, about 4-5 minutes.
    Edamame cooking in the water.
  • Drain and place edamame in a bowl. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt and serve warm.
    Edamame in a strainer.


Serving: 1/4 recipe | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: easy edamame
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About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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