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How to Cook Edamame

Edamame are green soybeans that are often served as an appetizer in Japanese restaurants. Here's everything you need to know about these delicious nutrient dense beans along with how to cook them.
Course Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword easy, healthy
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Vegetable
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb, Low-Fat, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 183kcal


  • 300 grams edamame
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons salt plus more for washing


  • Bring a pot of salted water big enough to easily hold your edamame to a boil. I use 1 tablespoon of salt per cup of water.
  • Cut the stem end of the edamame pods off with clean scissors.
    Cutting fresh edamame pods off the stems.
  • Scrub the edamame in salt and then rinse thoroughly to remove the fine hairs on the pods.
    Scrubbing fresh edamame with salt removed the fine hairs.
  • Boil the soybeans for 6-9 minutes, depending on how big they are. You can start testing the edamame at around 6 minutes for doneness. They should easily pop out of the pods, without having the pods disintegrate.
  • Drain the edamame and serve with an extra sprinkle of umami salt if needed.
    Boiled edamame strained.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 603mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3.4mg