Lemon Ginger Edamame

December 24th, 2007


First, happy holidays to everyone reading this! ┬áIf you’re finished cooking your Christmas dinner and you’re looking for a healthy snack to tide you over until tomorrow morning, read on.

I am a little bit obsessed with edamame.  But after ordering it as takeout from my favorite sushi restaurant night after night, I decided there has to be a way to make it myself.  Except the only place I’ve ever seen edamame is in sushi restaurants — I’ve never gone to the grocery store and noticed a big bin of fresh soybean pods.  But where, I wondered, do the sushi restaurants get their edamame?

Finally, I had a breakthrough.  I could buy frozen edamame pods and boil them myself (brilliant, I know).  But once I realized that, I knew that my edamame needed a dipping sauce.  A tart, tangy dipping sauce to compliment the mild, salty flavor of the edamame.  After a little experimentation, my dipping sauce became a dressing of sorts, tossed with the edamame pods after they were boiled.  This would make a really unique holiday party appetizer, or just a healthy pre-Christmas snack!

Lemon Ginger Edamame

1 lb frozen edamame in pods
1 cup water
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp garlic powder

1. In medium saucepan, combine water, salt and frozen edamame.  Heat water to a boil, cover, and steam for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. In a small bowl, combine sesame oil, canola oil, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, ginger and garlic powder.  Whisk until combined.
3. Remove edamame from water, drain.  Toss with lemon dressing, and serve.

Serves 4.

Tags: appetizers · food

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 brilynn // Dec 24, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    I’m in love with edamame too!  I’ve steamed and boiled it myself before, but never with such a great sauce, I will have to give this a try!

  • 2 Ellie // Dec 25, 2007 at 5:30 am

    Ooer, I’ve never had edamame with sauce, I usually just steam them and serve them with a sprinkling of sea salt, I may have to play with this idea the next time I’ve got them!

  • 3 MrsPresley // Dec 25, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    i’m not a huge edamame fan, but wanted to say that your photo looks beautiful!

  • 4 katy // Dec 25, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Brilynn and Ellie — definitely try it!  One of my favorite restaurants makes miso-glazed edamame and it’s out of this world — that’s where I got the idea!

    MrsPresley — thanks!!!

  • 5 steamykitchen // Dec 26, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    great idea!
    i boil them in dashi broth – get instant dashi powder from the japanese market – sprinkle some in the boiling water.

  • 6 wokandspoon // Dec 27, 2007 at 5:38 am

    I usually do my edamame with salt like Ellie!  This looks like an interesting way to do them!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  • 7 YourSmilingChef // Jan 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    I absolutely LUV edamame!  But the only time I’ve eaten this crunchy treat is at the street art fairs during the summer.  I am so happy to have found your recipe and look forward to munching while gazing out at the snow-lined landscape.

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