Sesame blistered edamame are one of the best, healthy side dishes to add to any Asian meal. They're quick, require minimal ingredients, and taste delicious!
We've been hooked on edamame for years now! And oddly enough, it's one of the foods my husband requests (weirdo)! I can't really blame him though. Edamame are simple, and really take on the flavors you pair with them. They are definitely a must when we make sushi or stir fry for dinner!
When purchasing edamame at the store, you have the option of buying them in the pods or shelled. For this recipe, we've opted to keep them in the pods...I mean look how pretty of a presentation they make! However, shelled edamame are also delicious when roasted.
If you've never eaten edamame before, they may look like sugar snap peas, which can be eaten whole. Edamame are not quite the same. The pods of edamame are very fibrous and should not be eaten. Trust me, they don't taste good, I've tried.
I've made these sesame blistered edamame multiple time for friends and family dinners. I've found it's best to teach people how to eat them prior to setting the skillet of edamame out on the table. I like to squeeze the beans directly into my mouth, and enjoy the flavor that's on the outside of the pod. Kind of similar to eating sunflower seeds (in a way).
Serving Sesame Blistered Edamame
Since the edamame cook together so quickly - literally only 6 minutes - it's best to start cooking right before you plan to eat them. They are best served piping hot! This dish works well as both an appetizer or as a side dish. Best of all, it cooks quick enough if you need to make multiple batches.
Sesame Blistered Edamame
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 15 ounces edamame in pods thawed, patted dry
- ½ lime juiced
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- Heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil in a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add edamame pods to skillet and allow to cook for 3 minutes without stirring. Stir edamame to rotate sides. Allow edamame to cook for an additional 3 minutes without stirring.
- Serve immediately. Garnish with a squeeze of lime, ¼ - ½ teaspoon sea salt (to taste), and red pepper flakes.