Edamame are immature soybeans that have a sweet, nutty flavor. This bean is a rich source of protein, fiber, iron and vitamins A and C. You can cook edamame by boiling, steaming or roasting. Prepare it as an enjoyable and nutritious alternative to other snack food, as a side dish or add it to a variety of foods. You can purchase edamame in the pod or shelled. If you purchase edamame in the pod, you should boil it whole to retain its nutrition and easily shell it.

Things You'll Need

Place 1 cup of edamame beans in the pod in a stockpot. Fill the stockpot with 2 cups of water. Add 1/2 tsp. of sea salt if desired. Set on high heat and bring to a boil.

Let the edamame beans cook for 10 minutes in the boiling water, or until they are al dente. Turn off the heat. Drain the water, and allow the edamame beans to cool.

Use your fingers to squeeze the edamame beans out of the pods. Discard the pods and eat the edamame beans or add to other foods.


  • Add shelled edamame beans to a stir fry, a soup, salad, and vegetable and meat dishes.