The soybean is a culinary chameleon that, due to its unique chemical attributes, has managed to work its way into our daily lives in innumerable guises, many of which are delightfully edible. Tofu, soy sauce, miso paste, soybean oil, soy crackers and even dry-roasted versions of the beans themselves.
If picked young and green, the beans are referred to as edamame.
- 1 pound edamame, fresh or frozen (in or out of shell)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Combine the edamame and water in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high power for 4 to 6 minutes. Drain any excess water, toss with salt to taste and serve.