I recently discovered Edamame (by "recently" I mean within the last 6 months) when walking through London's Victoria mainline station toward the tube station. England, unlike the U.S., is not generally a land of free samples, so imagine my delight when a young woman shoved a free sample of frozen Birds Eye brand Edamame in my hand (complete with complimentary freezer bag!). I brought the little packet home, shoved it in the freezer, and promptly forgot it was there until a couple of months later.
Then along came one of those nights where my imagination just couldn't come up with any clever dinner ideas, and at the same time I didn't feel like doing much at all. That's when I remembered the soy beans in my freezer and decided to check out some recipe ideas quickly online. In the end I ended up serving them with fried sage leaves and garlic and both my husband and I were impressed with the results. The texture of the beans are lovely and they taste nice, too.
Since then I have cooked them up with margarine (try Vitalite) and garlic (yum!) but wanted to have them as a side to a Japanese-style noodle dinner. That's where this simple but delicious recipe comes from (and yes, I know it's not very original... but who cares about originality so long as it tastes good?!)
Edamame with Chilli, Garlic, Ginger, and Sea Salt
- Cook soya beans as instructed on package and then drain and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, fry ginger, garlic, and chilli flakes in oil for a minute or two over medium heat.
- Add edamame and mix just to coat before serving. Sprinkle with large flakes of yummy sea salt.