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Easy Steamed Edamame

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Wondering how to cook frozen edamame? This steamed edamame is a perfect side to my creamy chicken ramen, but it’s also an amazing snack or component for lunches. Steaming edamame is quick and easy!

There is a lot to love about edamame – they are loaded with plant-based protein, vitamins, and high in fiber, and totally delicious to munch on. And a random fun fact that I learned about edamame is that it means “beans on branches.” 🙂

Steamed edamame in a bowl

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Can you Steam Edamame?

Yes, you can absolutely steam edamame. I tend to cook them with a combination of steaming and simmering.

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What You’ll Love About Steaming Edamame

  • Quick and easy side dish
  • Perfect protein and veggie for lunches or snacks
  • Cooks in less than 10 minutes
  • Can be seasoned many different ways


All you need for steamed edamame is…edamame, water, and salt.

Ingredients for steaming edamame

How to Make Frozen Edamame

Ok, let’s cook frozen edamame!

  • Boil water. Heat water in a large skillet.
  • Cook edamame. Season water with salt, then add edamame to skillet.
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  • Steam edamame. Cook edamame and then season as desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you microwave frozen edamame?

Yes, you can also microwave frozen edamame. Simply place frozen edamame pods in a microwavable bowl and cover with water. Microwave for about 4-6 minutes, until edamame is hot. Drain, and season with salt.

Can you eat edamame pod?

You could eat the edamame pod, but it is very tough so you probably don’t want to. Most people pop open the pod, squeeze the beans out, and then discard the pod.

How many carbs in edamame?

The nutrition facts in edamame are quite impressive. One 1/2 cup serving has:

  • 65 calories
  • 3 grams fat
  • 5 grams carbohydrates
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 6 grams protein
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Storage Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat edamame in a hot skillet or the microwave until heated through. They are also delicious at room temperature or even cold.

What to Serve with Edamame

Asian dishes are a classic pairing for edamame, here are a few to try:

More Easy Side Recipes

If you like this edamame beans recipe, you might also like some of these other easy side dishes:

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Steamed edamame in a bowl

Easy Steamed Edamame

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How to cook frozen edamame! This steamed edamame is a perfect side, snack or component for lunches. Steaming edamame is quick and easy! 


Units Scale
  • 28 oz. frozen package edamame pods
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 tsp. sea salt


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large skillet.
  2. When it boils, stir in edamame and salt. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Drain, season*, and serve. 


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