Published Dec 28, 2022
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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!
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.
- 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.
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?!
- 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
How to Serve Edamame
- On its own as a snack – edamame in pods is typically served as a side or snack. Open the pods with your teeth and eat the beans!
- With a dip – eating edamame alone is great, but why not add a dip on the side? Here are some delicious dip options for you to try: almond pesto dip, smoked salmon dip, easy guacamole, creamy hummus. This peanut dressing or tahini sauce would also make for a great dip option.
- In a curry – add edamame to this Thai green curry with shrimp, chicken curry or this vegetable curry for some added crunch.
- With salad – make this Asian edamame salad or add edamame to this crunchy asian chopped salad or kale & cabbage pad thai salad.
- In stir-fry – add edamame to your next stir-fry for a nutritious addition! This broccoli noodle stir-fry or easy tofu stir-fry would be delicious with edamame.
- In a bowl – add edamame to this poke bowl, buddha bowl or vegan power bowl!
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
- Soba Noodle Salad with Edamame
- Asian Edamame Salad
- Pineapple Fried Quinoa
- Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai
- Kale Salad Stuffed Pitas
- Detox Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing
More Snack Recipes to Try
- Baked Sweet Potato Chips
- Baked Butternut Squash Fries
- Whipped Feta Dip
- Baked Jicama Fries
- Creamy Hummus
- Easy Guacamole
- 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.
- Once boiling add the frozen edamame to the water. Cook until bright green and tender, about 4-5 minutes.
- Drain and place edamame in a bowl. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt and serve warm.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.