How to Make Edamame

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.

You will need

  • A 3- or 4-quart pot
  • Water
  • 3 tbsp. salt
  • 1 lb. edamame in pods
  • frozen or fresh
  • A colander
  • A sink
  • 2 dishes or bowls
  • Coarse sea salt

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.

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.

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