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Brown bowl of Asian Steamed Edamame topped with sesame seeds. Chop sticks are on top of the bowl and a small bowl of soy sauce is on the side.

Asian Steamed Edamame


A side dish or snack, these Asian Steamed Edamame are more addictive than popcorn! Whole edamame is steamed in a spiced soy sauce mixture and tossed with sesame seeds for a healthy and delicious vegetable treat that will have your family asking for more.



1 pound fresh or frozen edamame in the husks

4 cups water

1 tablespoon Kosher salt

3 cloves garlic, peeled but left whole

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

1 teaspoon chili flakes, optional

1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon white sesame seeds

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds


Prepare the edamame by either snipping off one end of the pod or using the tip of your knife to pierce a small hole into the pod, not hitting the edamame itself. Set aside.

In a steamer pot or small pot, bring the water, salt, garlic, peppercorns, chili flakes, and Chinese Five Spice to a full rolling boil.

Reduce the heat to a slow simmer.  Tightly cover the pot and allow the mixture to simmer and steep for 15 minutes.

Add the edamame to the pot and increase the heat to bring the mixture back to a boil. 

Without the lid, cook the edamame for 4-5 minutes.

Drain the edamame, discarding the garlic and peppercorns.

Drizzle the edamame with sesame oil and toss lightly to coat.

Sprinkle the hot edamame with the sesame seeds.

Serve hot.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Steam
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Asian Steamed Edamame, edamame, soy beans, healthy recipes, vegetarian recipes, side dish, side dish recipes, healthy snack food

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