19 February 2013

Spicy Edamame

Edamame, or soybean, is a great snack rich in vitamin C, B and E and antioxidants (for a strong immune system and reducing risks of cancer).  They are also high in protein, low in fat and will help you increase your daily fiber intake.  This little snack has it all!

You can quickly cook them in the microwave or steam them but I prefer to boil the edamame in salted water.  It’s the perfect healthy, delicious and not to mention addictive snack!  The best part?  You won’t feel guilty after devouring a big bowl of these steamy hot pods.

*If you’ve never eaten edamame, you only eat the soybeans inside the pod and discard the shells.

Spicy Edamame

  1 pound frozen edamame, in the pod
  1 tablespoon kosher salt (+2 tablespoons to salt the boiling water)
  ¼ red pepper flakes
  Pinch of cayenne pepper
  1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  Zest of 1 lemon

Fill a pot with water and 2 tablespoons of salt.  Bring to a boil.
When the water is boiling, add the edamame pods and cook for 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix together the salt, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and sesame seeds.

Once the pods are cooked, drain in a colander.
Toss the edamame with the spices and top with the lemon zest.
Serve warm.

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