My husband and I were introduced to edamame in 2008 at a restaurant in Las Vegas. We had no clue what it was but we wanted to try it. When the appetizer was brought to our table, we stared at the bowl and then at the waiter. They looked like furry little peapods. I said “Ummmm…how do I eat these?” He laughed a bit and then tried to explain it to us. I got it, and laughed too, but still thought it was strange.
I thought it was strange until I ate them.
They were delicious and fun to eat too! You can purchase them already shelled, but when serving them alone as an appetizer or as a side dish, you take away some of the fun if they are already shelled!
The edamame at the restaurant served them with sea salt, but after seeing that 1/4 teaspoon of salt is 530 mg of sodium, I knew there had to be a better way to flavor them. Soy sauce seemed to be a good idea, but I opted for Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Why? Well, according to their website, “Bragg Liquid Aminos is a healthy alternative to Soy and Tamari sauce. No table salt or preservatives are added.”
Liquid Aminos taste VERY similar to soy sauce and tamari, but I feel it’s a healthier alternative. And, I really love the Bragg brand too! I also know Liquid Aminos is 320 mg of sodium per teaspoon, so I can prove it’s definitely healthier sodium-wise than salt.
1 16 ounce bag frozen whole edamame (I used Whole Foods 365 Organic Edamame)
2 teaspoons Bragg Liquid Aminos (you can use more, but I was satisfied with the flavor that 2 teaspoons gave them and I was watching the sodium amount)
In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
Add frozen edamame and return to a boil.
Cook, uncovered, for 4-6 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
Return to the saucepan and add the 2 teaspoons of liquid aminos.
Eat and enjoy!
Check out our How-to Eat Edamame video below!
Tips and Tricks:
Add more liquid aminos if you wish.
Try cooking or steaming the edamame in the microwave. Most packages of frozen edamame have directions on how to do this.