You can prepare edamame in a variety of ways. Thanks to its slightly sweet taste, it can be boiled, steamed, fried or baked, and can be used in dishes from salads to casseroles. It also makes for a simple, healthy snack all by itself. For most dishes, you'll want to exclude the pods and used shelled beans -- the pods can be quite chewy.
To enjoy edamame as a snack, try shelling the soybeans, tossing them with salt or other seasonings, and roasting them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes to 1 hour. They can also be boiled, drained, seasoned and mixed with chopped nuts for a simple snack. Puree shelled edamame to make an easy dip or spread.
Shelled edamame beans can be included in bean salads; add them to green and kidney beans, and mix with a vinaigrette. Their bright hue adds interest to green salads with broccoli and lettuce, topped with a light dressing. Combine them with cooked and cooled quinoa, carrots and cabbage to create an Asian-style salad.
Combine your edamame with noodles for a quick and simple meal. Mixed into ramen noodles or even macaroni and cheese, edamame adds texture and color, especially used with other vegetables, such as peppers. Edamame can also be added to pasta salad, or tossed with raw zucchini and avocado.
Baked to Perfection
Incorporate shelled edamame into a casserole dish. The beans can be baked into meat or vegetable casseroles, or shepherd's pie. They can also be stirred into corn dishes, such as succotash, or baked into pot pies.