I’ve been trying to find some different recipes using edamame for an appetizer. This delicious soybean is very good for a healthy brain as well as the body. As another option that might help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, I try to fix it more often these days.
Filled with protein, fiber, and many other vitamins and minerals, it makes a tasty, healthy, and low calorie snack. Of course, it makes a perfect vegetarian dish also.
Once cooked and seasoned, you simply hold on to the stem and squeeze the beans out of the shell with your teeth. You can cook edamame shelled too if you prefer. When it’s shelled, I love to add the beans to salads, fried rice, potato salad, and all sort of dishes.
This time, I decided to experiment with three sauces to decide which I liked best. The first was a version of teriyaki sauce with wasabi added, the second, my favorite Ponzu sauce. Lastly, for a different and spicier taste, I’ve included a sriracha sauce.
For two of the recipes I’ve sautéed the cooked edamame in the sauces so the flavor would be absorbed. If you prefer, you can plate and serve the hot edamame with sesame and salt for garnish, then provide the sauce in bowls for dipping.
The recipes are so easy once you have the ingredients. You will have a healthy appetizer ready serve in less than 30 minutes. It looks so appealing, definitely guest worthy. Be sure to include a separate small dish for the shells.
Ponzu Sauce for Edamame
(Pictured Above) Ponzu is one of my all time favorite sauces. It is excellent with seafood, especially salmon. Ponzu sauce also makes an excellent marinade and dipping sauce for edamame. Here’s my recipe. For this one, you can make the sauce ahead of time. The flavors blend better with some time in the refrigeration. Try for at least 30 minutes chilling, but overnight works fine too. The sauce only takes minutes to put together.
Serves: 4 to 6
- 1 bag frozen edamame
- 4 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon sweet wine
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- This sauce recipe doesn't require cooking. Simply mix the ingredients together and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Again, cook the edamame according to package directions, then drain in a colander.
- Toss cooked edamame in the sauce, then spoon out to plate. Serve remaining sauce in a small bowl for dipping.
- If you prefer, you don't have to toss it, you can simply serve the edamame plated, and have either individual or a single bowl for the sauce, then dip and eat.
Edamame with Wasabi Teriyaki Sauce
Serves: 4 to 6
- 1 bag Frozen edamame in shells
- ½ cup Teriyaki sauce
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon Wasabi powder
- 1 to 2 Green onions, chopped
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon Sesame seeds
- Cook the edamame according to the package directions and drain. Drain, then serve sprinkled with green onion and sesame seed.
- In a skillet, thoroughly mix the teriyaki sauce with the wasabi powder. You may want to start with ¼ teaspoon of wasabi at first. See how much bite you like before adding more. I prefer ½ teaspoon, but I love wasabi.
- Heat for 2 minutes or until bubbling, stirring often.
- Sitr in the cooked edamame in shells. Simmer an additional 3 minutes, coating shells with sauce as you stir gently.
- Sprinkle chopped green onion into pan, stir, then remove from heat.
- Spoon from pan onto a serving dish using a spoon that allows liquid to drain off. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Pour remaining sauce into a small bowl for dipping as desired.
Edamame in Sriracha Sauce
Serves: 4 - 6
- 1 bag frozen edamame in shells
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
- Cook edamame according to package directions, drain in colander.
- Heat olive oil and sesame seeds over medium heat in a skillet.
- Add edamame, stirring gently.
- Pour sriracha sauce over edamame, stirring until sauce covers each piece.
- Sauté for 3 minutes, to heat through and allow the sauce to marinate.
- Serve hot.
What’s So Good about Edamame?
You can see in the nutritionals above, that soy beans are packed with fiber and protein. In addition, a serving provides 24% Magnesium, 15% Vitamin C, 19% Iron, 9% Calcium, and 10% Vitamin B-6, of the daily recommended amounts.
Highly recommended for brain and heart health, it is also reported to:
- Help fight insulin resistance
- Lower bad cholesterol
- Raise good cholesterol
- Help prevent cancer and heart disease
- Help stop osteoporosis
- Serve as an anti-inflammatory
Please note: Recent reports have shown that soy has similar properties to estrogen. If you have hormone issues, check with a doctor before adding quantities to your diet.
Soy beans are considered so good for your brain and body health, and an excellent source of protein. Easy to prepare, fun to eat as an appetizer, and a delicious colorful addition to any dish.