Do you prefer savoury and flavoursome snacks? Then you will love this edamame recipe. Edamame are a super popular Japanese snack. They are basically soybeans eaten straight out of their pods. You probably ordered them already at your local Japanese restaurant and know how amazing this salty appetizer is.
Edamame are packed with protein and they are a great pick me up snack, especially for vegans and vegetarians who need a little more energy throughout the day. Bonus points because they are super healthy, so you can eat as many as you want guilt-free!
We normally make a bag full of edamame before watching a movie. So delicious and tasty. Our edamame recipe is packed with flavours as we like to infuse them with basil, then toast them on the grilling pan with salt, chilli and a bit of garlic powder.
What type of edamame pods to use
Edamame soybeans are different than the mature soy used to make delicious tofu. They are fully vegan and very popular in Japan especially as many people there have a healthier diet.
We recommend buying frozen edamame because they last in the freezer for a long time. We buy a few bags and keep them for months. Especially because here in Germany edamame can only be purchased in specialised Asian stores. In Japan, edamame is used as a snack and sometimes as a small side (when getting kaiseki for example).
To make sure you get this recipe right, we recommend purchasing shelled edamame. You can purchase the green young soybeans, and they taste delicious. The reason why you'd want the shelled version is so you can pop the pods open. It's a satisfying thing when eating it as a snack.
The best ever edamame recipe
You know what makes edamame so delicious? The salt! On their own, edamame soybeans are light with a slightly sweet flavour. They are super tasty, but to enhance them, add salt! If you have sea salt in your home, awesome. You are in for a treat!
To really make them awesome, we don't boil the edamame but we steam them. Because we steam them from frozen it normally takes around 20 minutes for this. We add basil leaves in the boiling water so the edamame get infused with the basil steam.
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Once they are steamed, it's time to grill them. That's when we add the seasoning. We add salt, pepper, chilli and garlic powder. You can add more or less seasoning, as you like. You can make them super spicy by adding a little more chilli or by adding chilli seeds instead of powder.
If you want your edamame to have a more charred colour, we recommend adding a dash of olive oil before toasting them on the grill. They normally colour a bit faster. The seasoning will also stick better on the pods, so be careful not to make them too salty or spicy!
How to serve edamame
We love edamame in a simple bowl alongside an empty clean bowl for discarded pods. This is the best way to enjoy edamame as a delicious snack. If you want it as a side dish, we recommend it alongside sushi or rice. Sometimes it's nice to have some edamame pods next to brown rice or mushroom risotto.
Is edamame healthy?
Since edamame are pretty much as protein-packed as lentils and other beans, you can expect to feel pretty full after a cup full of edamame. They are a healthy snack, perfect for vegans and vegetarians.
If you have a nut allergy but you need to up your protein intake, edamame is the perfect snack!
This recipe is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Bonus: it's also gluten-free, dairy-free and oil-free
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.