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What is edamame?

Edamame (枝豆/ˌɛdəˈmɑːm/ or edamame bean is a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod, found in the cuisine of TaiwanChinaJapan,Indonesia and Hawaii. The pods are boiled or steamed and served with salt.

Outside East Asia, the dish is most often found in Japanese restaurants and some Chinese restaurants but it also has found popularity elsewhere as a healthy food item. In the United States it is often sold in bags in the frozen food section of grocery stores.

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Chances are, if you’ve ever been to any kind of East Asian restaurant, you’ve eaten edamame. Edamame, as the quote says, is also now famous in the Western world for being a healthy snack item, as it’s rich in carbohydrates, protein, fiber and vitamin K. They also taste really good, so you won’t feel guilty about eating an entire bowl of them. In fact, eat another bowl! 

Where do I buy edamame?

Edamame can be found at almost any supermarket nowadays. You can find them in the frozen vegetable section, or in the fresh produce section. Some grocery stores have them already shelled so you can add them to any dish you’d like without having to do the work.

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How do I eat edamame?

Edamame is usually served in restaurants blanched and lightly salted or seasoned. You then pop the beans out with your teeth or fingers. Generally you’re not supposed to eat the outside, but you can fry them and make edamame chips (which isn’t such a healthy option, but it guarantees you won’t have leftovers).

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But if you’ve gotten so used to eating it that way, and you want to try some new dishes, here are 10 other ways to eat edamame.

10 Edamame Dishes 

1. Edamame-Ginger Dip

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Think of this dip as an Asian version of hummus, made with edamame, ginger and soy. Serve with rice crackers and/or carrot sticks.

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Recipe here

 

2. Edamame Succotash with Shrimp

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We give succotash—traditionally a Southern dish made with corn, lima beans and peppers—an update using edamame instead of limas and turn it into a main dish by adding shrimp. To get it on the table even faster, purchase peeled, deveined shrimp from the fish counter instead of doing it yourself. Make it a meal: All you need is a warm piece of cornbread to go with this complete meal.

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Recipe here

3. Chili-Garlic Edamame

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My experimentation with the loveliness that is edamame continues with this chili garlic edamame. Sure edamame is great steamed with a little kosher salt tossed on top, but toss it in some sauteed garlic and spicy sambal oelek and you’ve got a whole new ball game.

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Recipe here

4. Toasted Garlic Edamame Hummus 

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If left to their own devices, my niece and nephew would eat chickpea hummus all day long. To mix it up a bit, I started dishing up this healthy edamame hummus. The toasted garlic is a way to infuse the whole dip with garlic flavor while simultaneously mellowing the garlic flavor so that it’s kid friendly. However, if you have a picky eater, you can skip the garlic and just use the chives or scallions.

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Recipe here

5. Spaghetti with Edamame, Parsley, Garlic and Olive Oil

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This is a quick pasta to throw together if you have frozen shelled edamame or peas in your freezer, and it’s a dish that I find irresistible. You can find frozen edamame at most supermarkets; the green soybeans are a terrific source of protein and isoflavones. Seek out organic edamame.

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 6. Crispy edamame

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Green soybeans (edamame) are baked under a Parmesan cheese crust, turning a frozen food into a delicious snack!

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7. Edamame Beans, Chickpeas, Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach

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High protein Edamame beans and nutrient dense spinach make make up the bulk of this high fiber nutritious hot salad. … We love color in our foods and varied textures as well. This one caught my eye in Extra Vegan Za as I was flipping around looking for something new the other day. I fills both those criteria, and tasted great!

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8. Vegan Avocado & Edamame Spread

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Indexing recipes so you can find them easily on The Perfect Pantry is one of the toughest parts of my job. After all, who am I to dictate that this avocado and edamame spread should be a lunch dish? I enjoyed it for breakfast, and again for mid-afternoon snack, and then I gave the rest away to someone who ate it for a light summer supper. And then I went out and bought another avocado so I could make it again the same day. Please try this, even if you think you don’t love soybeans. The creamy, sesame goodness will win you over.

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Recipe here

9. Edamame Potstickers

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On a recent DDD show, I saw the chef preparing potstickers for the spiky-haired, backward-sunglasses-wearing, host. They had a crispy bottom, and they looked yummy. So, I made some veggie-style.

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10. Edamame Salad

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For our Father’s Day celebration I offered to bring this salad because it’s simple to make and a crowd pleaser, but when the store only had unshelled edamame, the simple factor went out the window. Instead of going to another store, I stood over the sink and shelled 3 bags of edamame. The payoff was that the beans tasted fresher after being frozen in their shells. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

This salad is best after a couple hours in the fridge. At first, the onions and mustard may seem a bit pungent, but they mellow nicely.

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