Edamame have odd hairy pods that can be a bit off-putting for people who are unfamiliar with them. They have started to become more well-known and more popular around here due to the increased popularity of sushi restaurants. They are easy to make at home and make a great appetizer with beer, or a snack while watching a movie. Serve them salted and eat them by scraping the beans out of pods with your teeth or squeezing them out with your fingers. In the recipe below, I have not included amounts, because it is all done according to your own tastes- try them after they are boiled, and adjust the salt to serve.
- fresh or frozen edamame in pods
Rinse the edamame and put in a pot of salted water. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the edamame are softened. Drain in a colander. Serve edamame in a bowl sprinkled with more salt. Make sure you have a second bowl to drop the pods in.
Nutritional information:Per 1 cup:
- 75 calories
- 7 g carbohydrate
- 6 g protein
- 2 g fat
- 3 g fiber
Edamame is a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese. They are naturally very low in sodium, but of course this recipe adds salt.
The one warning I would give about edamame (and any soybeans) is to try to get organic/non genetically modified (non-gmo) varieties. The dangers of gmo foods are becoming more evident all the time, and soybeans are one of the most commonly modified crops in existence.