How to make Japanese restaurant edamame (easy recipe)

How to make Japanese restaurant edamame (easy recipe)

I think one of the reasons we put on weight over winter, sorry I’m generalising to make myself feel better. 

I mean one of the reasons I put on weight over winter is because all the delicious summer snacks like berries and yoghurt and all those healthy foods don’t seem nearly as appealing when it’s so cold.

All I want is something that will warm me up. 

When Mum rang me the other day asking if I’d like anything from the Asian supermarket inspiration struck. 

‘Ooh yes could you please get me some frozen edamame beans if they have them?’

I’d heard that they’re super easy to make at home and are just as good as what you get at your local Japanese or sushi restaurant.


It’s true. 

They are a super simple healthy snack to whip up and it’s just like eating a bowl of vegetables only so much tastier. 

Plus they satisfy the craving for warming snacks on cold winter days.

What are edamame?

Edamame is a Japanese dish made with young green soybeans served in their pods. 

They’re boiled or steamed then finished with a little salt and other condiments like soy sauce or spicy sauce. 

As a form of plant-based protein, they’re a popular snack in vegan diets. There are 18.4 grams of protein in one cup of shelled edamame beans.

What they’re most known for though, is as a side dish or as Japanese appetizers.

A little side note on soy products/ soy foods and protein. They’re not a complete protein as they don’t contain the full profile of essential amino acids. 

So while there are great health benefits of edamame, they (or any plant-based foods) shouldn’t be relied on for a full source of protein (in my opinion and based on my own research). 

The ingredients

What do you need to make edamame just like sushi restaurants?

You will need: 

  • Edamame beans – aka soy beans. You can buy them frozen or by fresh edamame pods from specialty grocery stores.
  • Water – preferably filtered water
  • Salt – we use sea salt or celtic sea salt. 

This is what the packet looks like. 

No mistaking whats inside with packaging like that.

Frozen edamame

How to make this simple edamame recipe

Do you need to defrost the frozen fresh pods before cooking?

You don’t need to (nor should you) defrost them before you cook them so it’s straight from the freezer to the pot.


Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil. 

How many cups of water you’ll need only depends on the size of your pot and how many you want to cook. 

You’ll need the salt water to fill the pot about 3/4 of the way. 

I did a bit of Googling before I cooked my first batch and the most important tip was to have the water boiling before you put the edamame in

You do not want to put them in room temperature or cold water. 

Once it’s at a rolling boil, throw in the frozen unshelled edamame beans into the boiling water and set a timer for 5 minutes. 

You do not want to over boil edamame trust me!


As soon as the timer goes off, tip them into a strainer and shake them around to get rid of the liquid.


Add half the salt and give them a good toss.


Sprinkle the edamame with extra salt to taste. 

The amount of salt depends purely on your taste.

I like them quite salty.


Serve them straight away. 

Just a side note for anyone who hasn’t had these before, you suck out the beans on the inside through your front teeth and leave the shell. 

Don’t eat the whole pod.


What about you? 

What’s your perfect snack go-to in the cold winter months? Another great side to go with them is a warm bowl of miso soup. 

How to make Japanese restaurant edamame (easy recipe)

Other serving ideas for edamame

Simply served with salt is my favourite way to eat edamame (I think it’s the authentic Japanese method too) but here are a few other ideas: 

  • Combine sesame oil and soy sauce & finish with toasted sesame seeds. 
  • For a spicy edamame recipe, serve drizzled in sambal oelek.
  • Combine brown sugar, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar for a tangy dipping sauce.  
  • For garlic edamame, toss the cooked edamame in a skillet with minced garlic just long enough for the garlic to start to smell delicious. 

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Edamame just like the Japanese restaurants

Edamame just like the Japanese restaurants


  • 200g (7oz) frozen edamame
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add the frozen edamame and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain the edamame and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Serve warm with extra salt if you desire it (only eat the beans inside).


Makes a snack for 2 people

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