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4 Servings

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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”


Calories: 310
Fat: 22g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Sodium: 1170mg
Carbohydrate: 16g
Fiber: 8g
Protein: 17g

Yield: 4 Servings

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