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How To Reheat Edamame [I Try 5 Methods]

Just remembered about your cup of leftover edamame from last night’s sushi dinner? Wondering how to bring them back to their previous salty glory?

You’re in luck. I have personally experimented with five different reheating methods to find out what’s best for bringing leftover edamame back to life. These include:

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

The best way to reheat edamame

The best way to reheat edamame is in the microwave. Place the shelled or unshelled edamame in a microwave-safe bowl. Add one tablespoon of water and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave the edamame on full power for 30-60 seconds. Let the edamame stand for one minute before serving.

Edamame is one of the only things I can think of that’s truly delicious and healthy at the same time. I could eat them by the bucket load!

But I don’t always fancy eating them cold.

I tested five different ways to reheat edamame beans to find out which one was best.

Spoiler alert: they’re all great in their own way! Is there even such a thing as bad edamame?

Boiling, steaming, and microwaving are all very traditional and result in perfectly fresh-tasting edamame. Frying and roasting are less traditional but allow you to create a new texture and experiment with different flavors.

It doesn’t matter if your beans are shelled, unshelled, fresh, or frozen, the reheating methods are virtually identical.

Reheat edamame by boiling (shelled and unshelled)

Boiling is the most popular method of cooking edamame, and you can also use it to reheat the beans. 

It’s great for plain edamame but you’re better off using another method if you’ve already flavored the edamame. The water will wash all your seasonings off.

picture of edamame in a pot of boiling water

To reheat edamame by boiling:

  1. Bring a pan of salty water to a boil. Add enough salt to make it taste like seawater.
  2. Boil the edamame (shelled or unshelled) for 30-60 seconds (or 2-3 minutes for frozen edamame).
  3. Drain, season, and serve.

Don’t leave the beans in the hot water for too long or you risk them becoming mushy. I always go for less time because I don’t mind the beans being a little al dente. Since the beans are already cooked, they don’t need much time at all.

Reheat edamame by steaming (shelled and unshelled)

Steaming is very similar to boiling, you just put the beans above the water instead of in the water. 

This method is better (but still not perfect) than boiling for already seasoned edamame because you’re not completely submerging the beans.

To reheat edamame by steaming:

  1. Put some water in the bottom of a pan/steamer and bring it to a boil.
  2. Place the edamame (shelled or unshelled) in a perforated container above the water. A steamer basket, colander, or sieve are all fine.
  3. Cover the beans with a lid to keep the steam in.
  4. Steam the edamame for 1-2 minutes (or 3-4 minutes for frozen edamame).
  5. Season and serve.

If you’ve already got a pot of water boiling to cook another vegetable, this makes steaming the edamame super convenient

You just need a colander or a sieve that will sit on top of the pan, and a lid. Put it all together and you have a makeshift steamer! 

Great way to kill two birds with one stone.

Reheat edamame by microwaving (shelled and unshelled)

The microwave is also very convenient and is the best method if you’ve already flavored the edamame.

Steaming and boiling will wash the flavors off, but microwaving won’t have much effect.

Picture of edemame covered with a wet paper towel

To reheat edamame in the microwave:

  1. Put the edamame (shelled or unshelled) in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add one tablespoon of water for a full bowl of edamame and cover with a wet paper towel (or pierced plastic wrap).
  3. Microwave the edamame for 30-60 seconds (or 2-3 minutes from frozen).
  4. Season and enjoy.

The water creates steam which heats up the edamame. You can microwave the edamame in the bowl that you’re planning to serve them in, so you save on washing up.

The microwave sometimes gets a bad rep when it comes to reheating food, but it works really well for edamame.

Reheat edamame by frying (shelled and unshelled)

Picture of edamame after stir frying (slightly charred)

Frying is the obvious choice when you’re planning to use the edamame in a stir fry or in some fried rice, but you can also fry edamame on its own.

It gives the edamame a nice crunch and a different charred flavor profile. You can also go wild with the seasonings!

If you have frozen edamame I would thaw them first before stir-frying them. The extra water from frozen edamame will prevent them from crisping up fully.

To reheat edamame by frying:

  1. Thaw your edamame beans if frozen (running them under cold water is a quick way to do this).
  2. Mix some soy sauce, oyster sauce, and chili oil together in a bowl.
  3. Heat some oil in a pan (I tend to use a strongly flavored oil here like sesame oil or peanut oil).
  4. Wait until the oil is nearly smoking before adding the edamame (shelled or unshelled).
  5. Stir fry the beans or pods for around 2-3 minutes until they just start to char.
  6. Add the soy sauce mixture and fry for an extra minute.
  7. Serve.

You can get as creative as you want with the seasoning mixture. 

Soy sauce on its own works great, but feel free to add anything you like. Common ingredients include:

  • Honey
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame seeds
  • Fresh chilis

You can also add some fresh garlic or ginger to the pan and sauté before adding the edamame. 

Stir-frying edamame in the pods works best because the texture makes it easier for the sauce to stick. If you’re using shelled edamame, coat them in potato starch before throwing them in the pan, this will provide a coating so the sauce won’t just slide off.

Tip: try deep frying potato-starch coated edamame for a really crunchy texture

You can also add shelled edamame straight into a stir fry without reheating them first. The heat from the rest of the stir fry ingredients will be enough.

Reheat edamame by roasting (unshelled)

I know what you’re thinking… you can’t roast edamame.

But trust me, you can. And you should.

They’re crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside and totally addictive. 

Think of it as a spin off from roasted chickpeas. 

Typically you want to use shelled edamame for this, as that way you get to ingest all the flavor. But it can work with unshelled edamame too. 

It’s best to thaw any frozen edamame before you roast them because it reduces cooking time and results in a better texture.

Roasting edamame straight from frozen may result in soggy beans because there’s too much water present.

Note: if you have fresh (uncooked) edamame beans, you need to cook them by boiling or steaming before you roast them.

Picture of edamame in tin ready to be roasted

To reheat edamame by roasting:

  1. Thaw your edamame if frozen.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  3. Run your edamame under warm water to get rid of any remaining ice crystals (if frozen).
  4. Dry the edamame using paper towels to get them as dry as possible.
  5. Toss the edamame in olive oil, salt, and pepper (plus any other spices that you fancy).
  6. Spread the edamame out in a single layer on a baking tray and roast for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Shake the baking tray every 10 minutes to flip the edamame over.

The edamame are done when they start puffing and turning a golden brown color. The exterior will be dry, and if you listen closely, you’ll be able to hear the steam escaping.

The main thing to remember when roasting edamame is that water is the enemy. Wet edamame beans won’t crisp up in the oven and your snack won’t have the wow factor you were expecting. Dry the beans as much as possible before roasting them.

Salt and pepper work well as a flavor combination, but to make the edamame extra special I like to sprinkle over some parmesan cheese and roast some garlic cloves in the same tray.

How to store edamame 

Store fresh edamame in the fridge in a perforated plastic bag or paper bag, or freeze them. If you want to freeze fresh edamame, you’ll need to blanch or cook them first.

Picture of edamame in airtight container

Keep cooked edamame in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or freeze them. You can store edamame in the shell, or shelled. It’s up to you.

How long does edamame last?

Try to use fresh edamame as soon as possible after purchase, within 2 days is best but in my experience, edamame will last 3-4 days before they start to discolor. Cooked edamame will last 4-5 days in the fridge.

Properly stored, edamame will last up to a year in the freezer.

How to freeze edamame 

Freezing fresh edamame is a great way to extend their shelf life. You will need to blanch fresh edamame before you freeze them, but cooked edamame can be frozen straight away.

To freeze edamame:

  1. Set up a bowl of ice water big enough to cover your edamame and get a few sheets of paper towel ready.
  2. Fill a deep pot with water and bring it to a rapid boil.
  3. Put the edamame in a strainer/sieve/frying basket and submerge them in the pot of boiling water (this makes it easy to get the beans out quickly).
  4. Leave the edamame in the water for around 3 minutes.
  5. Take the edamame out of the water and immediately submerge them in the ice water for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Strain the edamame and shake off excess water.
  7. Remove the beans from their pod (optional).
  8. Dry the beans as much as possible with a paper towel.
  9. Portion the edamame out into freezer bags, squeeze as much air out as possible, label, and freeze.

You need to partially cook the edamame before freezing them to halt enzymatic action that would lead to loss of flavor, texture and color over time. It’s essential if you want to freeze your beans – never just put fresh beans into the freezer. 

You can also cook the edamame completely and freeze them.

To freeze cooked edamame, dry them off as much as possible with a paper towel, portion the edamame out into heavy-duty freezer bags and freeze. 

The drying step is necessary to prevent ice crystals from forming on the edamame and affecting the texture. 

Edamame beans will last up to a year in the freezer and you can cook/reheat them straight from frozen. There’s no need to thaw them. If you want to thaw the edamame, leave them in the refrigerator overnight or run them under cold water for roughly five minutes.

How to cook frozen edamame

Frozen (store-bought) edamame are already blanched before being frozen, which means they’re partially cooked. Therefore, cooking edamame from frozen is just a case of reheating them. 

You can cook frozen edamame by boiling, steaming, or putting them in the microwave. Take your edamame out of the freezer and reheat them in some boiling water for 2-3 minutes. To microwave frozen edamame, put them in a covered bowl with some water and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. 

If the edamame are shelled and you want to use them in a stir fry, you can chuck the edamame straight into the pan from frozen. The heat from the stir fry will be enough to defrost and reheat them. 

Can you eat frozen edamame beans raw?

You can’t eat edamame totally raw because they’re poisonous, but store-bought frozen edamame beans are blanched before freezing. They’re partially cooked so are fine to be eaten without further cooking or reheating.

However, for best results, boil or steam the beans for 2-3 minutes before eating. They will be very al dente without reheating.

How to tell if edamame is bad

Fresh edamame are bright green, as they age they will start to turn yellow and get dark patches. This indicates the onset of decay. Any visible mold, a bad smell, or a slimy texture indicates that your edamame are unsafe to eat.

The BEST Way To Reheat Edamame

I have persoanlly experimented with 5 different reheating techniques, to find out which one truly does the best job at bringing your edamame back to life.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Asian
Servings 1 person
Calories 189 kcal

Equipment

Microwave

Ingredients
 

  • 1 portion edamame shelled or unshelled
  • 1 tbsp water

Instructions
 

  • Put the edamame (shelled or unshelled) in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Add one tablespoon of water for a full bowl of edamame and cover with a wet paper towel (or pierced plastic wrap).
  • Microwave the edamame for 30-60 seconds (or 2-3 minutes from frozen).
  • Season and enjoy.

Notes

The water creates steam which heats up the edamame. You can microwave the edamame in the bowl that you’re planning to serve them in, so you save on washing up.
The microwave sometimes gets a bad rep when it comes to reheating food, but it works really well for edamame.
The microwave is also the best method for reheating edamame that’s already been seasoned.

Nutrition

Serving: 155gCalories: 189kcal
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