Edamame is a Japanese snack akin to American boiled peanuts. Edamame is made from fresh soybean pods, often served as a snack or accompanying sushi dishes. Edamame has 6 g of fat per cup, with 16 g of protein and 8 g of fiber. Soybeans are better nutritional choice compared to peanuts that contain 71 g of fat with 37 g of protein. Edamame readily absorbs the flavor of added seasoning.
Fill the bottom of the pot with water. Bring the water to a boil.
Place soybeans, still in pods, into the steamer basket. Steam the soybean pods for five minutes. The pods should pop open when squeezed at the corner.
Mix 1 tsp. of sesame oil with 1 tsp. of sea salt.
Drain the soybean pods. Add them to a bowl with the sesame oil and salt. Toss the soybeans until all are covered with the seasoning.
Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to make the edamame spicy. Adding 1/4 tsp. of garlic powder and 1/4 tsp. of onion powder gives another flavor twist to the soybeans.