Edamame are green soybeans. Salt-boiled edamame in pods are eaten by squeezing beans out of pods with fingers. It's a great appetizer to serve with beer. If you have salt-boiled and frozen edamame, just thaw them in the fridge.
- 1 lb fresh edamame in pods, or frozen edamame in pods
- 2 Tbsp and more salt (The desirable amount of salt vary, depending on the amount of water to boil edamame.)
Cut off the stem end of each pod. Wash edamame well and put in a bowl. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and rub edamame with salt. (If you are using frozen edamame, please start from the next step.) Boil lots of water in a large pot. Add about 2 Tbsp of salt in the boiling water. Put edamame in the boiling water and boil for 3 to 4 minutes, or softened. Drain edamame in a colander. Taste one edamame and if it's not salty enough, sprinkle more salt over boiled edamame. Spread the edamame on a flat tray to cool.