Boiled Edamame

Edamame in a white dish
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings

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)

Steps to Make It

  1. 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.)

  2. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and rub edamame with salt.

  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the salt.

  4. Add edamame to the boiling water and boil for 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened.

  5. Drain edamame in a colander. Taste one bean and if it's not salty enough, sprinkle more salt over boiled edamame.

  6. Spread the edamame on a flat tray to cool and serve chilled.