What is Edamame?
Edamame are green soybeans harvested before maturing. They are a healthy ingredient containing lots of nutrients found in both beans and vegetables.
They are one of the most popular ingredients in Japanese recipes.
They are great as an appetizer and commonly served before a meal in Japanese izakaya (gastropubs). They are ideal for beer and great to prevent hangovers!
1 cup serving of shelled edamame contains the following nutrition:
- 18 grams fiber
- 5 grams fat
- 3 grams polyunsaturated fat
- 1 gram monounsaturated fat
- 22 grams protein
- 26 grams carbohydrate
- 30 mg sodium
They are also loaded with vitamin C, iron, vitamin A and calcium. For detailed nutrition information and health benefits, check this out.
How to Make Edamame?
There are many ways to make the beans. One of the easiest recipes is plain steamed or boiled edamame.
I also love garlic edamame with butter, as illustrated in this easy 10-minute recipe.
The savory flavors of garlic, butter, salt and pepper add exciting new dimensions to the taste. The edamame beans are so appetizing and addictive you won’t stop eating!
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Eat Edamame?
Only the beans are edible as the pods are tough and hairy.
To eat the beans, peel open the pods and push out the beans. Discard the pods.
Can I Freeze Edamame?
Yes, you can freeze them in the refrigerator.
In fact, in the United States, all edamame are sold frozen.
How Long Does It Take To Boil Edamame
The beans are cooked in 5 minutes in hot boiling water.
Drain in the colander and let cool before serving.
How Many Calories Per Cup of Serving?
Each cup of shelled edamame beans is 240 calories, according to WebMD.
Pairs well with:
Garlic Butter Edamame Recipe
Garlic Butter Edamame – healthy edamame coated with garlicky and buttery goodness. The easiest appetizer you can whip up in 10 mins.
- Water, for boiling
- 12 oz edamame
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 3 dashes ground black pepper
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- Sesame seeds
Bring a small pot of water to boil. Cook the edamame for 2-3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Melt the salted butter by heating it up (you can heat it up in a microwave), then add the garlic, cayenne pepper and black pepper, stir to mix well.
Toss the edamame with the garlic butter mixture and top with a pinch of kosher salt and some sesame seeds. Serve immediately.