Hey guys, it's Yuto here from @sudachi.recipes and today I'm going to share a recipe which will take edamame beans to a whole new level. These flavorful izakaya inspired garlic and oyster sauce fried edamame are addictive, you won't be able to stop eating them!
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What are edamame?
So first, what are edamame? Edamame are a type of young green soybean that are sold still in their pods. The beans are picked before they ripen which is why they are green rather than the beige or brown soybeans you might expect. Because they are picked before they are ripe, they have a slight sweetness and nice soft texture.
The name edamame comes the words "eda" (枝) which means branch, and "mame" (豆) which means bean. This is because they are usually sold still on their branches.
In Japan, the edamame are usually blanched in 4% salt water.
How do you eat edamame?
Although edamame are usually sold in their pods, you do not eat the pods!
Edamame are usually served as an appetizer, snack or side dish.
The most common way to eat edamame is to put the pod in your mouth and bite softly between the beans, sliding the pod between your teeth to pull out the soybeans inside.
Any flavour on the outside of the bean won't be on the beans themselves, but your teeth and tongue will catch the flavour.
If you push the beans out of the pod by hand, you can also use them in onigiri or salads.
Types of edamame you can buy
Raw edamame are actually not that popular. They require trimming and boiling in salt water, which some people find too bothersome. But the steps really don't take long and it's easy to do. I've included how to prepare the raw edamame beans in my recipe.
The frozen type are really not that different to the raw ones. They are usually already trimmed and already blanched so when you boil them again, it takes less time. Fresh edamame need to be boiled for 5-7 minutes whereas frozen ones only need a couple of minutes.
In addition to the convenience, frozen edamame can be kept for a long time. If you want to make your own frozen edamame, you can prep the raw ones by washing and then boiling for 4 minutes. Pop them in a freezer bag and save them for another day. They're good for 10-12 months!
Precooked edamame are also available. This means you don't have to do anything, you can just eat them straight. You can also use these to make this recipe, just add them straight to the pan.
An Izakaya is a popular Japanese drinking establishment where you can drink beer and eat small tapas-like dishes. Vegetable dishes are pretty popular at izakaya restaurants, they're well seasoned and pair very well with beer.
Here are some other vegetable dishes that are popular in Izakaya Restaurants
How do you pronounce edamame?
I hope you enjoy these delicious edamame fried in oyster sauce and garlic, let's get started!