Edamame with Lime Ponzu

Savory. Salty. Piquant. Soy beans.

The only vegetable I lick my fingers for.  Unapologetically.

edamame with ponzu


Start with edamame (soy beans in the pod).  Buy them pre-cook or cook by your own method.  I like the kind that come frozen in the bag that’s meant to go into the microwave to steam.   That’s my kind of easy.

Throw the pods in a hot pan that has a little bit of olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan.  Char to your liking.  I prefer mine extra charred.

Splash citrus flavored ponzu into the pan.  Be generous.  Watch the soy beans dance and sizzle in all their  wonderful glory.

When you can’t wait any longer to feel the nubby texture of the pods married with tang skid across your teeth and lips and the ponzu had been reduced a a glaze, through in the minced garlic amount of your choice, pepper flakes if you want a kick of heat and about a teaspoon of sesame oil.  Toss all together.

Place them into a bowl with their ebony glaze and sprinkle with coarse salt, Fleur de Sel or my favorite, lime sea-salt and experience munchy happiness.  An empty bowl for discarded pod shells that have served their purpose will be appreciated.

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Accompany with an icy cold martini, Chardonnay or Japanese beer.  One at a time, please.  🙂

Enjoy a simple pleasure this weekend.

Edamame with Lime Ponzu

  • Bag of frozen edamame in the pods, cooked or fresh
  • Olive oil
  • Minced garlic
  • Lime ponzu (citrus flavored soy sauce found in the Asian section. Either lime or “citrus” flavor is fine.
  • Sesame oil
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Coarse salt

See above for cooking instructions.

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  1. Yum! And your recipe makes it so easy …thanks for sharing.. Xo HHL

  2. I have just discovered how much I love edamame. I am pinning this! I just discovered your blog and am now following – I love the name and martinis 🙂

  3. Thanks for posting this! I love Edamame. I will be making this some time very very soon.

  4. This looks great! Hope you are well.

  5. I will be making this tonight. It’s 10:30 am and I am already licking my lips!

  6. I appreciate these simple satisfying recipes! Edamame is a personal favorite of mine and I’m sure I’ll be lick-in my fingers too! I like your drink options, perfect!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Absolutely delicious and healthy. Whats not to like here? The perfect snack for when it can’t all be cupcakes and chardonnay.

  8. any left over? be right there…

  9. This is a new recipe for me and it looks fantastic. I’ll definitely be trying it soon.

    I thought of you last week while I was at the Vera Bradley sale in Ft. Wayne, IN with my family. We had a BLAST.

    xo jj

  10. This is such an awesome idea and the photos are absolutely beautiful! I love edamame…one of the few vegetables I actually eat, haha. Edamame hummus is also fantastic!!