Full disclosure – I haven’t visited Japan yet. But from what I have seen in Japanese bars (izakayas) and restaurants, Japanese love their edamame steamed and salted. Over the past few years, I have incorporated this preparation of these green soybeans in my snacking routine and have been delighted by the results. Not only does a small packet full full of frozen edamame pods, yield a filling meal, it is also a splendid source of vegetarian protien!
Making your own Lean Edamame Snack:
Buy frozen edamame pods either at an Asian store or a mainstream market. I buy mine at CostCo because of the quality. Steam the pods till they cook but retain their green-ness. Be careful not to overcook.
Salt the pods on the outside. I put the pods in my mouth and drag the seeds in with a sweeping motion involving my teeth.