We have a confession to make: we’re obsessed with Japanese edamame beans. These plump little soy beans are packed with protein, fibre and calcium, making them a healthy addition to your diet, plus they add fresh flavour and texture to a range of dishes. Here are four quick ways to add more edamame to your diet.
Forget the microwave popcorn or bag of potato chips next time you have friends coming over – whip up a batch of chilli-garlic edamame instead. Blanch edamame pods for 2 minutes in boiling water. Drain well. Heat 1 tbs peanut oil in a wok. Add 2 crushed garlic cloves, 1 finely chopped red chilli, and 1 tsp chilli flakes (or to taste), then quickly add the drained edamame pods and toss for 30-60 seconds until the chilli-garlic mixture. Season with sea salt flakes, then serve warm in a bowl – don’t forget to tell your friends to only eat the beans, not the pods!
Blanch edamame pods in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then drain well. Once they’re cool enough to handle, remove the beans from the pods and place in a large bowl. Add chopped red capsicum, diced avocado, a sprinkle of snipped chives, coriander leaves and finely chopped red chilli. Make a dressing by combining light soy sauce, rice vinegar, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice, then toss with the salad ingredients. This light salad is perfect with grilled salmon. Optional extras include corn kernels and wakame seaweed.
Make a batch of sushi rice, then place in bowls and top with salmon (smoked or sashimi-style), diced cucumber and avocado, shelled edamame beans, pickled ginger slices, toasted sesame seeds, and slivers of nori seaweed. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi for dipping.
Follow your favourite miso ramen recipe, then top with soft-boiled eggs, steamed bok choy, nori seaweed and shelled edamame beans for a cleansing Japanese meal that’s packed with nutrients.
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