How to Season Edamame

by Andrea Cespedes

A bowl of edamame is a satisfying and healthy snack.

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Items you will need

  • Large pot
  • Baking sheet
  • Fresh or frozen edamame, in the pod or shelled
  • Coarse salt
  • Olive oil
  • Assortment of spices
  • Small roasting pan

Fresh, sweet soybeans served in their fuzzy green pods are a popular appetizer at Japanese restaurants. A quality source of vegetarian protein, edamame boast a nutty flavor and pleasant crispness. Eat them plain or toss with Asian-spiced flavors to complement the soybeans that you can find frozen in the pods or shelled and blanched. Fresh edamame may be available in certain specialty markets.

Step 1

Boil a pot of water and add liberal amounts of salt. Add the frozen or fresh pods and cook for three to five minutes.

Step 2

Drain and arrange the whole pods on a baking sheet to dry and cool.

Step 3

Toss the pods with coarse salt and serve. To eat them, slide the pod between your teeth and suck out the edible beans. Discard the fuzzy outside.

Shelled

Step 1

Prepare the edamame as you did in the first section. Remove the beans from their pods when cool by popping the beans out with your thumb and forefinger. Set aside. Using frozen shelled edamame makes this step unnecessary.

Step 2

Blend together a mixture of spices, such as chili powder, onion powder, ground cumin, paprika and black pepper. Experiment with other flavors that please your palate.

Step 3

Toss the beans in just enough olive oil to coat. Add the spices, put into a shallow roasting pan and place in a 375-degree Fahrenheit oven for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with salt to taste and serve.

Tips

  • You can also toss the full boiled pods with a robust spice mixture for more flavor. A combination of spices, including pink peppercorns, Sichuan peppercorns and garlic powder, for example, gives them a Chinese twist. Be liberal when you coat the fuzzy pods -- because you don't actually put the whole pod in your mouth, only a fraction of the spice actually makes it to your taste buds.

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About the Author

Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.