Edamame are green soybeans. Salt-boiled edamame in pods are eaten by squeezing beans out of pods with fingers. It's a great appetizer to serve with beer. If you have salt-boiled and frozen edamame, just thaw them in the fridge.
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- 1 pound fresh edamame (in pods, or frozen edamame in pods)
- 2 tablespoons salt (and more to taste)
Cut off the stem end of each pod. Wash edamame well and put in a bowl. (If you are using frozen edamame, skip to step 3.)
Sprinkle a pinch of salt and rub edamame with salt.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the salt.
Add edamame to the boiling water and boil for 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened.
Drain edamame in a colander. Taste one bean and if it's not salty enough, sprinkle more salt over boiled edamame.
Spread the edamame on a flat tray to cool and serve chilled.