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How to Cook Edamame

Even simple things need a bit of direction. If you've never snacked on a bowl of edamame pea-beans, this ought to be a treat.

Steamed Edamame in a bowl

What are Edamame?

Edamame are also called soybeans, which are part of a larger group of plants known as legumes. The name "edamame" is of Japanese origin, which literally translates to "stem bean."

What are the Health Benefits of Edamame?

What aren't? Edamame are chock-full of protein, vitamins, minerals, and heaps of other beneficial substances.

Edamame are known to help with lowering cholesterol, reducing bone loss, and even (maybe) decreasing risk of prostate and breast cancer. If I listed all the benefits of eating edamame, this paragraph would become excessive.

In short, edamame are a superfood. There are no major (or even minor) negative effects for consuming these little green soybeans. If you can, gobble them up like candy.

One Edamame held against the sunlight

Prep: 5 min | Cooking: 5 min | Total: 10 min

Serves 4


  • Fresh edamame pods, washed (12 oz. or about 4 cups)

  • Sea salt (1 tsp)


  1. Pour 1 cup of water into a medium size saucepan. Bring to a boil on high heat.

  2. Place a steamer basket down into the saucepan. Add the edamame pods and cover saucepan with lid. Steam for 5 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and transfer edamame to a large bowl. Add salt and toss until well incorporated. Serve in a shallow bowl.

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