Japanese Vegan Dishes: Edamame

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Japanese Vegan Dishes: Edamame


What is edamame?

Edamame – the soft, young, in-shell soybean is one the most popular appetizer at Japanese restaurants. The dish is packed with healthy and low-fat soy protein so it’s a good choice for vegetarians. There are many ways to cook edamame. You can choose to either boil the pods in salted water or steam the beans then sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Edamame can be served hot or cold.

Let’s discover how to prepare this wonderful snack for yourself. This ultimate guide is inspired by thespruceeats.com

Different ways to cook edamame


Heat a pot of salted water to boil.

Add in-shell edamame and continue to boil until the beans become tender. If you use fresh edamame, boil for five to six minutes. With frozen edamame, boil it for one to two minutes.

Remove from heat, drain and rinse the pods with cold water.


Pour an inch of water in a pot and bring it to boil. Transfer the edamame onto a steam basket or steam tray and place above the boiling water. Cover the pot with a lid and continue to steam until the beans are tender. It may take five to ten minutes for fresh edamame and just a couple of minutes for the frozen one.

Remove the edamame from heat and rinse to cool if desired.


This method of cooking is applied to frozen edamame.

Place the frozen edamame in a bowl and sprinkle with a little bit of water. Cover the bowl and turn the microwave to high. Microwave the beans for approximately three minutes. It’s a good way to do it in one-minute increments so you can catch the proper timing.


Place a frying pan over high heat. Add the edamame then turn the heat to medium-high. Cook until the pods become lightly charred on one side, then turn to the other side. Keep cooking until the edamame is tender and charred. Serve the dish when it’s still hot or warm.

How to Eat Edamame

Eating from the pod

Bring the pod to your lips, squeeze or bite to get the beans into your mouth. They pop out quite easily. Discard the pods. Remember to prepare another dish for the empty bean shells.

Seasoning and shelling

You can choose to season the pods directly or season the beans after shelling. You can add other seasonings other than just sea salt, such as red pepper flakes, or sesame seeds.


What Is Edamame? https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-edamame-3376830 Accessed August 19th, 2019