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How to Make Edamame

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Published on Apr 10, 2009

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Edamame are immature whole green soybeans—the only vegetable with a complete protein that’s similar to animal protein. And because they’re actually kind of fun to eat, they’re an excellent snack. . . and pretty tasty with beer, too.

Step 1: Fill pot & put on stove
Fill the pot three-quarters full with fresh, cold water, and put it on stove on high heat.

Step 2: Add salt
Add 3 tablespoons of salt to the water.

Step 3: Reduce heat & cook
When the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium high, add the edamame pods, and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 4: Turn off stove & place colander
Turn the stove off and place a colander in the sink.

Step 5: Drain & cool
Pour the hot water and edamame into a colander, and run cold water over the cooked edamame to cool it.

Step 6: Place in dish
Place the cooled, drained edamame in a dish.

Tip
If you like, sprinkle the pods with coarse sea salt.

Step 7: Eat
To eat, press the pods between your fingers to push the beans out, or put two-thirds of the pod in your mouth and, clamping your teeth gently over the pod, pull it out, popping the beans into your mouth.

Tip
If you want to use edamame in a salad, cook them first and then shell them all by hand—trying to shell an uncooked edamame is like trying to take food from a sumo wrestler.

Step 8: Discard pods
Discard the pods into another dish—nobody likes reaching for an edamame and coming up with an empty shell!

Did You Know?
Although soybeans are native to southeast Asia, the U.S. is the world's largest producer of the bean, primarily used to make vegetable oil and as animal—not human—feed.

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