WHAT IS EDAMAME?
Edamame is a fresh young soy bean that has been harvested before it has matured. They are most commonly eaten as a snack in East Asia - usually steamed and tossed with a bit of salt.
HOW IS IT USED?
Edamame are very versatile beans and can be used in salads, blended into a dip or eaten as is. The most common and popular way to enjoy them, is to boil or steam them for a few minutes and toss it in a bit of salt and eaten as a snack with a cold glass of beer.
Recipes that use Edamame
HOW TO EAT SHELLED EDAMAME
Shelled Edamame are not eaten like a typical bean, and cannot be eaten whole. They have a waxy inner shell that is very fibrous and tough to chew (and swallow). The beans are the only thing eaten, and the shells are discarded.
A simple way to remove the beans from the pods is to use your fingers to push the beans against the seams of the pod to pop the beans out. If the pods are saucy or you don't want to get both your hands dirty, another way to remove the beans is to just hold the bean with 1 hand and use your teeth to push the beans against the seams to pop them out directly into your mouth.
Fresh, young fava beans and green peas are a good substitution for edamame beans.
WHERE DO I FIND IT?
They are most commonly found in the frozen vegetable section in both regular and Asian grocery stores. If you are lucky, you can also find them fresh when they are in season late in the Summer 🙂
Edamame has a very light and mild sweet flavour with a touch of umaminess.
Edamame is usually a semi firm bean with a slight springy texture.
Frozen edamame should be stored in the freezer in a well sealed container or ziploc bag to prevent freezer burns.