Edamame are young soybeans in a pod. I loved this popular snack when I first moved to Japan as a student, as they are really cheap to buy and tasty, and go surprisingly well with beer. Generally, edamame can be found in the frozen section of Asian speciality stores or larger supermarkets such as Tesco, LIDL etc. They are sold in the pod and also out of the pod. I prefer using edamame in the pod when serving as a simple snack or finger food and then using edamame out of the pod for when I’m making a pasta dish or salad with them.

What are Edamame?

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, oriental
Keyword: Beer Snack, Izakaya, Japanese recipe
Servings: 4 people
Author: Fiona Uyema
Cost: 3


  • Edamame Beans
  • Sea Salt
  • Fused Cheeky Chilli Soy Sauce optional, shop here


How to cook frozen pre-cooked edamame?

  • Place them in a large bowl and completely cover with boiling water. Leave for a few minutes, then drain. Note: Fresh raw edamame should be cooked in a saucepan of boiling water for about 5 minutes and then drained.


  • Serve edamame with an empty bowl to dispose of the pods. Remember you can’t eat the pods! Check to see if the edamame have been pre-salted or not and then season to your liking with freshly ground sea salt.
  • To eat edamame simply pop the beans out of the pod using either your hands or your mouth. To add a nice kick to your cooked edamame drizzle Fused Cheeky Chilli Soy Sauce over for a nice spice hit!

Edamame Nutrition Information & Calories:

  • Roughly 120kcal per 100g, High in protein and fibre, low in fat.


Edamame recipes: check out my edamame hummus recipe! It's super easy and goes really well with veggie sticks.
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