Many people might recognize “edamame” from the menu of their favorite restaurant, but not everyone has tried this tasty bean. Unlock all the flavorful secrets behind these bright green edamame beans!
Edamame is a classic snack or appetizer in many different Asian cuisines.
It is growing in popularity with plant-based eaters and it seems like this snack is getting a lot of buzz, yet not everyone knows what edamame tastes like.
What makes edamame such an irresistible snack, what does it taste like, and where does it come from?
Find out all the answers to these questions and more in this informative article about edamame!
What Does Edamame Taste Like?
The crunch, the snap, the pop, eating edamame often feels like an orchestra in your mouth, which is appropriate for the symphony of flavor in this little bean.
Edamame has a ton of rich vegetable flavor. Edamame should be cooked to unleash its full flavor and make it safe to consume.
Cooked edamame is bright green and full of flavor! Its color and texture might bring to mind peas, but the taste of edamame is rich and buttery.
They have a little hint of sweet bean flavor and earthy nuttiness that comes through every bite.
Their crunchy texture and irresistible sweet bean flavor make them a great snack or side dish that doesn’t need a ton of seasonings to really shine!
What is Edamame?
Edamame is essentially a juvenile soybean. The bright green pods have not fully matured, but they still have tons of delicious soybean flavor.
These tasty little beans are typically steamed, boiled, or blanched to culinary perfection and served as a snack, side dish, or appetizer.
Edamame is commonly harvested by hand to protect these fragile young beans. It is usually planted in the spring and harvested in the mid-summer.
The beans must be picked before the plant can flower and are technically not ripe at the time of picking.
Edamame can be a bit of a chore to eat because of the pods.
The fibrous pods are not toxic but also not suitable for human digestion, so eaters must squeeze the beans out of the pods with their teeth or pop them out by hand before eating.
These tasty soybeans are commonplace in many Asian styles of cooking.
They are usually served with simple seasonings like salt and pepper and are commonly enjoyed as a snack with beer.
Benefits of Eating Edamame
Edamame is beloved not just for its flavor but for its filling and healthy benefits. Edamame is a low-calorie snack with only about 65 calories per serving of cooked beans.
These beans are wonderful protein-rich with over 10% of your daily recommended intake in just one serving.
That means edamame will energize you without weighing you down like other snacks.
This snack is naturally very high in vitamin C and this can help your immune system’s functionality. Edamame also has some calcium and iron to help your body stay strong.
It is a favorite snack for vegans because of its high protein content and fun flavor, but this colorful snack is really great for most diets. Enjoy edamame instead of chips for a more healthy snack break!
Where to Find Edamame
Lucky for hungry home chefs, edamame is pretty easy to find in stores.
The most common format you find these tasty soybeans in is frozen. Frozen edamame is wonderfully convenient and easy to find at most grocery stores.
Frozen edamame can be boiled or steamed in just a few minutes and is typically available both in the pod and out of the pod.
One other common way to buy edamame is roasted edamame snacks.
This delicious snack consists of seasoned roasted edamame beans packaged for on-the-go snacking. This variety is found in your local grocery store’s chip and snack section.
How to Cook Edamame
Whether it’s fresh or frozen, edamame is super easy to cook. Follow these simple steps to make this tasty soybean shine!
To Steam Edamame:
- Fit a medium pot with a steamer basket. Fill the bottom with water to just below the basket level.
- Place the pot over medium heat and bring the water to a boil.
- Add the desired amount of edamame, cover the pot with a lid, and steam for 10 minutes. Season the cooked beans with salt and pepper and allow them to cool before enjoying.
To Boil Edamame:
- On the stovetop bring a medium pot of water to a boil.
- Add the desired amount of edamame to the pot, be careful not to splash.
- Boil the edamame for about 5 minutes and drain. Season with salt and pepper and allow to cool before enjoying.
One note about the pods, edamame in the pod or out of the pod follows the same cooking premises.
You never want to eat the pods, but seasoning the outside of the pod is just fine. You will get the flavor of the seasonings when you extract the beans from the pod with your teeth.
Alternatively, you can allow the pods to cool slightly and shell the beans by hand before serving.
Sprinkle a little extra salt and pepper on the shelled beans before enjoying.
Fully cooked shelled edamame can be tossed in salads, soups, dips, and more.
They are also perfect in a bowl with a little chili powder, salt, and pepper. Just don’t forget a great brew to pair with them!
How to Eat Edamame
There is actually a trick to getting the edamame bean out of the pod with your teeth.
Pop one end of the edamame into your mouth and use your teeth to gently squeeze the bean out. Empty edamame pods can be tossed or composted.