This is the way edamame are served in Japanese restaurants. They’re a great snack, or as a casual appetizer.
In any recipe calling for fresh lima beans, you can substitute fresh, shelled edamame and vice-versa.
1 pound edamame, unshelled
1. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil (usually a tablespoon of salt). Add the edamame pods. Gently boil for anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes. It all depends on the size of the pods. Try one at around the 3 minute mark, and so on.
2. Drain. Put in a large bowl. Toss with some more salt (this is optional, but it’s more tasty with the salt.).
3. Take a pod and slide it between your teeth. The beans will drop into your mouth. Discard the pods; they’re inedible.