How to make edamame so it tastes just like what you get at the restaurant!

How To Eat Edamame ~ The BEST Edamame Recipe!

What Is Edamame?

Edamame is a green soybean, very popular in East Asian cuisines. It’s salty and delicious and perfect for snacking! It’s fun to pop out of the shells and eat straight from the pod. This healthy snack is an excellent appetizer and perfect side dish. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and fun to eat!

How To Eat Edamame ~ The BEST Edamame Recipe!

I always feel a little silly ordering edamame at restaurants because it is literally so, so easy to make at home and tastes just as good. All you need is salt and water and less than 10 minutes to make it!

How To Eat Edamame ~ The BEST Edamame Recipe!

How To Make Edamame

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large pot with one tablespoon kosher salt.

When the water reaches a boil, dump in 2 cups of fresh or frozen edamame. Cook for 5 minutes (you don’t have to wait for the water to return to a boil before you start timing) until tender and the pods easily release from the shell.

How To Eat Edamame ~ The BEST Edamame Recipe!

Then drain thoroughly.

How To Eat Edamame ~ The BEST Edamame Recipe!

How To Eat Edamame

Season the edamame generously with a coarse finishing salt like kosher salt or fleur de sel. Pick up a shell with your fingers, put it in your mouth, and pop the pod out of the shell with your mouth. Discard the shell. That way you’ll get a little salt with each bite!

How To Eat Edamame ~ The BEST Edamame Recipe!

We are addicted!! I love how easy this is to make. It’s the perfect after-school snack, appetizer, or side dish. Hope you enjoy!!


How To Make Edamame

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian


The best, easiest way to make edamame.



  • 2 cups frozen or fresh edamame in pods
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Bring water and salt to a boil. Add edamame and cook for 5 minutes until edamame are tender and easily release from their pod.
  2. Drain thoroughly and toss generously with a coarse finishing salt like kosher salt or fleur de sel. Serve warm or cold.

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39 Responses
  1. Amanda

    Hi! I’m a little paranoid since I read uncooked edamame can be poisonous, how do you know when they are ready? Are they supposed to be a little crunchy or more smooth like a bean? Thanks ;)

    1. Laura Shipley La Borde

      Exactly, with way its pronounced!!!

      These are so delicious, and are always in my freezer!!!

  2. Carol Ann Duffy

    Hi there! I L-O-V-E edamame! Sometimes I buy it at CostCo. I used to buy Seapoint Farms frozen bags all the time when we lived in FLA. How much salt do you add after it is cooked? I noticed you said 1 T. to the water. Thanks! :)

    1. Amanda

      Hi Carol Ann!

      I don’t measure, I just add a pinch or two. Probably about 1/2 teaspoon if I had to guess. :) Hope this helps!

  3. imagine

    I don’t care for soy but as a vegetarian of more than 30 years I adore a very similar veggie which is sugar snap peas. And they’re available fresh, but pricey, or frozen which is much less expensive and better tasting. Just my opinion, of course. Almost forgot, they are now available fresh and bagged and those are delicious too. And much less expensive. I love eating them raw with olive oil and a little salt and ground pepper. Or just plain.

  4. Ashley

    I spritz mine with some olive oil so the salt clings to the pods. It has made a big difference…now all the salt doesn’t sink to the bottom of the bowl!

  5. JJ

    Just a note on your pronunciation: Japanese is phonetic. It’s (eh-duh-mah-meh).
    And I love to add a twist to mine! Just squeeze a little lemon before sprinkling with salt!

  6. Stacy

    Oh yum! I cannot wait to try this at home! I didn’t get as good of results steaming them in the bag using microwave. Thank you for sharing!!

  7. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh

    I’m going to try not to sit in the corner and pout for the rest of the day over your pot filler.

    One of our favorite restaurants steams them then tosses them in some sriracha for spicy kick!

  8. Tom

    This will take those bad boys to a whole new level. Crazy good and adds little to the calorie content.

    1/4 c soy sauce
    1 Tbl brown sugar
    1/4 c rice vinegar
    healthy squirt of Siracha
    1 tbl Garlic chili paste
    1 tbl toasted Sesame oil

    A short burst in the microwave to melt the sugar and stir it in then I poured a few teaspoons over my hot Edamame. Hot, sweet, spicy and delicious.

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