¾ cup water
4 cups frozen shelled raw edamame beans
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons ﬁnely ground sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
- Pour the water into a medium cooking pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, add the frozen beans, and cook, covered, for 6 minutes, until ﬁrm but tender. Remove from the heat, drain and divide beans equally among four soup bowls.
- Spoon 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over the beans in each bowl, and sprinkle each with ½ teaspoon of sea salt and a generous pinch of pepper. Serve immediately.
Variations: This recipe has lots of room for improvisation, so play around. For example, when cooking the beans in the water, try adding 1 tablespoon dried minced onion, ¼ teaspoon red pepper ﬂakes, or other spices and seasonings of choice. Or, you can also use butter instead of olive oil: melt ⅛ pound of sweet butter in a small saucepan, add ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, stir well, and pour over the beans just before serving; omit the pepper. Finally, you can sprinkle ¼ teaspoon ﬁnely chopped herbs such as chives, mint, dill, fennel, sage, tarragon, or lemongrass over the beans just before serving.
K. Dun Giﬀord, from “The Oldways Table”