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Basic Edamame – Healthy Vegan Snack (+Video)

This is a simple recipe for basic Edamame (boiled soybeans in the pod). With only 3 ingredients – this is the easiest snack or appetizer ever.

Basic Edamame |

I can’t believe it took me 26 years until I finally got around to try Edamame. Remember my trip to Bratislava? Yep, this is where it happened. I tried Edamame for the very first time in my life. And I was in love!

Edamame are immature soybeans in their pod, that get boiled or steamed and then sprinkled with kosher salt. I sprinkled mine with salt and chili, but there are so many variations possible! How about some cheesy Edamame with nutritional yeast? You see where this could be going…

Making the Edamame is super easy. You’ll only need 3 ingredients for this basic version + I also made a video on how to make them! Watch it below.

Of course, the first time eating Edamame was completely weird and unknown territory, my boyfriend and I tried to eat the whole pod – nope. Haha, who knew you were only supposed to eat the soybeans inside?! Well.. now I know (and you do too). :)

Basic Edamame |

The hardest part was to track down the Edamame! I searched and asked in three different Asia markets and one Thai market before I finally found them in the freezer section. Jippieh, now I can finally satisfy my Edamame cravings. You’ll find them most probably in Asia markets, look in the fresh and frozen section.

Basic Edamame |

Basic Edamame - Healthy Vegan Snack

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for basic Edamame (boiled soybeans in the pod). 3 ingredients only! It's the easiest snack or appetizer ever.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Japanese, Vegan
Servings 2 people
Calories 94 kcal


  • 1 cup edamame , frozen or fresh
  • freshly ground salt or kosher salt
  • freshly ground chili or chili flakes


  • Boil the edamame in hot water until soft (for about 5 minutes).
  • Strain them, put them in bowl, add salt and chili.
  • Place a lid or second bowl on top, give it a good mix and serve! If it's your first time eating Edamame: You don't want to eat the pod, squeeze the soy beans out with your lips/teeth and enjoy :D



Calories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 8gFat: 4gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 337mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 4.7mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1.8mg
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Monday 3rd of October 2016

I love loove edamame, but I never made it myself because of the similar reson you mentioned. I'll keep my eyes from now on in the markets frozen section...


Wednesday 5th of October 2016

Edamame has quickly became one of my go-to tv snacks :) I've asked in so many Asia markets - explaining what I was looking for. Fresh soy beans in the pod - they all said, yeayyeah and pointed me to soy sprouts. Ummm nope. :D Hahaha. So glad I found the Edamame I needed in one, though :) Good luck with your search! :)

Natalie | Feasting on Fruit

Saturday 1st of October 2016

I've always been so confused about the whole pod vs beans only thing, i feel like they should explain that on the label or something for edamame newbs. I remember trying to gnaw through the shell at a restaurant once upon a time ha! But once I switched to just popping out the little beans, they are so tasty! I used to bring them to lunch in high school all the stereotypically vegan of me :D I love the nooch idea, I've never tried that. But just salt is perfect too!


Saturday 1st of October 2016

Ummmm yes, I've been there! The first time we ordered edamame, and the shell was so hard to eat, I googled how to eat them in the restaurant hahaha. So embarrassing! I hope nobody saw us.. but on the other hand.. I don't even care because we were on vacation in another city, so how cares lol. You must have been the coolest girl in school with edamame as lunch!! I'd have loved to be your high school friend!! :)