Edamame have become so popular outside Japan today. Edamame is green (young) soy beans in pods. It is usually served as an appetizer with your favorite drinks. There are frozen Edamame you can buy all year round so you might not realize that Edamame is actually in season in summer and started as a summer food. So in the middle of a hot summer, when you drink ice cold beer before dinner, you eat Edamame watching an evening baseball game on TV. This is the absolute right way to eat it in Japan (or it was, 20 years ago).
It is very hard to buy fresh Edamame in the US, but frozen works just fine. Salt is the only seasoning we use, but you can experiment with something else if you want. There are shelled Edamame, too, but we recommend to use the ones in pods. It’s like peanuts. Yeah, it is easy to eat just the beans, but it’s really not the same. Edamame doesn’t have to be an appetizer you eat only at restaurants. Serve hot or cold, however you like. Just don’t forget your beer!
- 1 bag Edamame, frozen
- Boil water in a big pot with 1 Tbsp salt.
- Add Edamame and cook for 5 minutes. Strain and sprinkle on some salt.