Edamame soy beans on a plate.

Edamame is one of my favorite side dishes.  It is a soy bean pod that is chalk full of fiber and protein and can be served with virtually anything. While it is so simple to make, there are also a lot of variations you can make depending on your mood or main dish. And, if I ever have leftover edamame, I love to refrigerate it, pack it in my lunch the next day, and eat it cold.

Edamame and soy beans on a white plate


1. Traditional Edamame

1 (1 lb) bag frozen edamame
Sea salt

Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Add edamame, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for about 8 minutes. Drain and sprinkle with plenty of sea salt.  Remove to bowl and serve.

Note: Edamame is typically eaten by placing the pod in your mouth (still holding onto it) and using your teeth to remove the beans from the pod.

2. Sweet and Salty Edamame
1 (1lb) bag frozen edamame
1 Tbs sugar
Sea salt

Boil edamame as directed above.  Drain, remove to bowl, sprinkle with sugar and salt, toss, and serve.

3. Crispy Parmesan Edamame

Crispy parmesan edamame on a plate.

1 (1lb) bag frozen edamame
2 Tbs olive oil
⅓ cup parmesan cheese

Rinse frozen edamame under warm water until thawed  Remove soy beans from pod and lay out on a baking sheet.  Drizzle olive oil over beans, sprinkle with cheese, and bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

4. Spiced Edamame

1 (1lb) bag frozen edamame
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp oregano
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp chili powder

Boil edamame as directed above.  While pods cook, stir salt, oregano, pepper flakes, and chili powder over medium heat in a small pan until hot (about three minutes).  Drain pods, pat dry, and sprinkle with pepper-salt mix.

5. Bacon Edamame
Bacon edamame in a small bowl

1 (1lb) bag frozen edamame
3 slices bacon
Sea salt

Boil edamame as directed above.  In a skillet, cook 3 slices of bacon until cripsy. Chop the bacon.  Drain edamame and add to skillet.  Cook on high until pods start to brown slightly (about 3 minutes). Sprinkle with sea salt.  Serve warm.

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Lauren Allen

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  1. You are a genius! I love these adaptations! I love edamame but these delicious twists make them even better! Thanks for these recipes,

  2. Love, Love Love Edamame! Excited to follow your blog! I need help in the kitchen! Sick of my same old dinners! Thanks ladies!

  3. I adore Edamame – The Whole Foods market near me makes the most AMAZING “fried” salmon poke with edamame – SOOOOOO GOOD, I literally crave it 🙂