Making this edamame with soy and sesame sauce dish is one of my favorite evening snacks! Not only are these edamame pods good for you, they hit the spot whenever I crave something savory, nutty, and filling. Only three ingredients are needed and they take five minutes to make.

I’ve been munching on edamame beans since I was a little girl.

As soon as summer arrived my mother took a break from cooking complicated meals and served a light Japanese fare that I always looked forward to dive into.

Dishes like zaru soba (chilled buckwheat noodles with a tare dipping sauce), squid boiled with soy sauce and sugar, hiyayakko (chilled silken tofu), oshitashi (boiled spinach with ground sesame seeds), and steamed edamame with salt.

I loved sucking on the salty edamame pods and chewing on the sweet beans inside. To me, edamame will always be a summer snack.

However, in Japan edamame is a snack that’s served all year round in izakayas (Japanese tapas style pubs) and convenience stores, and one known to pair beautifully with a cold glass of beer.

Tokyo Life

I must have had edamame almost every week during the three years I spent living in Tokyo.

It was a healthy snack I picked up at Seven Eleven and carried around in my large shoulder bag along with my modeling portfolio and high heels. I always look back fondly at my time spent in Japan because it’s where I fell in love with food, where I started my modeling career, where I had my first long-term boyfriend, and where I first became independent.

Japan will always have a special piece of my heart not only because my mother is from there, but also because it’s given me so much.


Today, I have a super yummy edamame recipe you will love!

These edamame pods are boiled and then sauteed in a sesame oil and soy sauce seasoning.

The flavors pair so well with the sweet green soybeans, plus, the pods look stunning! And you don’t need fresh edamame either because I’m using…

Frozen Edamame

I don’t even know where to find fresh edamame to be honest since I’ve always used frozen edamame!

There are plenty of brands to choose from these days such as Seapoint Farms (the brand I usually use), Nature’s Promise, Bird’s Eye, and Market Pantry. I always buy edamame in their pods because I find that the texture of the beans is better than the shelled ones.

It’s also harder to season edamame beans because of their slippery texture so for this recipe, I’m using the pods.


How to Cook Edamame

  • Add edamame pods or shelled beans to a pot of salted water and boil for 5 minutes. Drain in cold water and serve.
  • Put the edamame pods or shelled beans in a steam basket and place the basket over a pot filled with about 1 inch of water. Bring the water to boil, put a lid over the basket and steam for 5-10 minutes.
  • Place the edamame pods or shelled beans in a microwave safe bowl and sprinkle a little water over them. Cover with a a paper tower and microwave on high for 1-3 minutes.

Can You Eat Edamame Pods?

No, you can only eat the beans inside since the pods are too tough and fibrous to eat. You can however cook the pods and suck on them as you squeeze the beans out. That’s by far my favorite way to eat edamame!

Can You Eat Edamame Raw?

Edamame beans are poisonous when eaten raw.

They can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and could also lead to long-term damage to organs and tissues if ingested in large amounts. so it’s very important that you cook the beans before eating them.


How to Eat Edamame

The traditional way to eat edamame is to sprinkle the shells with a little salt and let the beans pop into your mouth with a gentle squeeze.

This recipe is a little different because the pods are sauteed in soy sauce and sesame oil, so the bulk of the flavor is on the outside. Make sure you take a good licking to the pods because they are delicious!

Nutty, salty and peppery, it feels like I am eating some sort of Szechuan dish minus the heat.

How Long Cooked Edamame Last

Cooked edamame will last a maximum of 4 days, refrigerated in an airtight container. They should be refrigerated within 2 hours of cooking.

I wouldn’t recommend keeping them in the fridge for longer 3-4 days, even if they look and smell fine since they could be unsafe to eat.


Can Dogs Eat Edamame?

Yes but only in very small portions since they can really upset your dog’s stomach.

The reason is that they are extremely high in fiber so they could give your dog diarrhea if you feed it too many beans. They can also cause bloating and gas which can be uncomfortable so if you feel like sharing a snack with your pup, stick to no more than 2 or 3 beans.

What about Cats?

The same goes for cats. I have a cat and never feed him human food, period. It’s too risky so I don’t take any chances. Okay, I’ll admit to giving Tsukune (his name means chicken meatball in Japanese) certain fresh herbs like cilantro and basil, and a teeny tiny bit of plain yogurt, but that’s about it.

What to Serve with This Edamame Recipe

As I previously mentioned, this dish makes a delicious snack or side to serve at a sushi party. But you can also serve it as part of Japanese home style dinner with Japanese classics such as:

Edamame pods and shells

Did you like this Edamame with Soy and Sesame Sauce Recipe? Are there changes you made that you would like to share? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments section below!



Edamame with Soy and Sesame Sauce

A nutty and savory snack of edamame pods lightly fried in toasted sesame oil and tossed in soy sauce. The best!

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 1 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: Japanese


  • 150 grams edamame in pods
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil edamame for 3-4 minutes. Drain in cold water and dry with paper towel.
  2. In a pan over high heat, add sesame oil. When the oil is hot, almost smoking, add edamame pods and fry for about 2-3 minutes, until the pods are slightly charred.
  3. Add soy sauce and stir until the sauce has evaporated.
  4. Season with salt and lots of black pepper.
  5. Serve immediately or save it for later in the fridge. It’s good hot and cold!


This edamame snack will keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Keywords: side, vegan, vegetarian

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