Lately I have been on an edamame kick, and it's probably thanks to having easy access through the nearby Trader Joe's and multiple Asian grocery stores.
Easy to Prepare
For one thing they are super easy to prepare as a snack food. Just toss the frozen soybeans in your steamer or boil on the stove for 10 or 15 minutes, add a little salt (or not) and then there you go. Perfect. Easy. Yummy.
You can also toss the cooked shelled beans into salad or stir fry (check out the vegetable and tofu stir fry I made a while back - turned out really great), or get really creative and make edamame hummus (Trader Joe's also sells a nice edamame hummus).
Great Health Benefits
Edamame is high in protein, making it a really great option for vegans who are concerned about their protein intake. It's also high in carbohydrates and fiber, and contains vitamins A and C, iron and calcium.
Where to Find
I've already mentioned Trader Joe's, but it can also be found in the frozen food section in your grocery store. Costco (and probably Sam's Club, too) sells large containers of it, and it's pretty much guaranteed to be found in your local Asian grocery store.
It is also typically not that expensive - around $2 or $3 for a 10-ounce package, and you can usually find it both as shelled or in the pod.
Tip - You'll always want to shell the beans before eating. The shell is too tough to be edible.
Just like how bananas are often thought of as a happy fruit (they're smiley-shaped, afterall!), edamame are like happy, smiley soybeans! It's hard to believe that there was ever a time where I didn't enjoy edamame. I wouldn't touch them even if they were a complimentary app at a Japanese restaurant, but I gave them a chance a couple of years ago and they've really grown on me. In fact, I think I might be obsessed. Now my freezer is always stocked with at least a bag or two. … more
A popular appetizer in the Japanese cuisine although if one has them in a Japanese restaurants, it's darn expensive! I found them in supermarkets in Shanghai 2 years ago at dirt cheap prices. All one has to do is to simply boil them and they serve as a great snack! My alternative to chips!
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Edamame is a preparation of baby soybeans in the pod commonly found in Japan, China and Korea. The pods are boiled in water together with condiments such as salt, and served whole.
Outside East Asia, the dish is most often found in Japanese restaurants and some Chinese restaurants, but has also found popularity elsewhere as a healthful food item.
Green soybeans in the pod are picked before they ripen. The ends of the pod may be cut before boiling or steaming.
The pods are then boiled in water or steamed. The most common preparation uses salt for taste. The salt may either be dissolved in the boiling water before introducing the soybean pods, or it may be added after the pods have been cooked.
Other condiments can also be used. Jiuzao, made from the highly fermented grain residue left over from the distilling of rice wine, can be used to add fragrance and flavor. Some recipes also call for Sichuan pepper for taste. Five-spice powder can also be used for flavoring.
Boiled soybean pods are usually served after cooling, but can also be served hot. The beans are consumed whole. Along with eating the beans whole, they can be used to make a variety of dishes. Packets of seasoning for edamame dip can be found in many Asian/Oriental sections of food markets.
The United States Department of Agriculture states that edamame are "a soybean that can be eaten fresh and is best known as a snack with a nutritional punch".
Edamame also contains protein, which further helps ...