That’s “ed-ah-ma-may” – fresh soybeans still in their pod that you may have had as an appetizer at a Japanese restaurant or sushi bar. Since they’ve become the snacking rage, the beans are now available at supermarkets or health food stores in the frozen food section. (I’ve also bought them at “Trader Joe’s” and in Chinatown.)
Edamame are a high in protein, low in fat snack so go ahead and stuff yourself. You simply boil them frozen for about five minutes, drain, and eat. Instead of potato chips, munch on a bowl of edamame while you watch TV.
1 package frozen edamame (usually 16-ounces)
1/4 cup tamari* or soy sauce
1. Fill a large saucepan with a few inches of cold water. Heat the water until it boils. Slowly pour the frozen pods into the water and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for as long as the directions specify. Remove a pod with a spoon and squeeze out a bean to see if it tender. (It won’t taste chewy if it’s thoroughly cooked.)
2. Pour the tamari or soy sauce into a small dipping bowl. Place a colander in the sink. Carefully pour the beans into the colander to drain. Serve hot in a large bowl with another empty bowl for the pods.
TO EAT: Dunk a pod half way into the soy sauce. Put it into your mouth and suck or squeeze out the beans. DON’T eat the pod. Throw the pod into the empty bowl.
small bowl for dipping
By: Anne Vassal