Surprisingly versatile, protein-packed and practically prep-free, shelled edamame are the start of light and fast dinners.
Edamame are soybeans harvested before they are fully mature. These beans are green, unlike their grayish-white mature counterparts used to make tofu and soymilk. If you spy fresh edamame at your farmers’ market, scoop them up immediately—their taste and texture can’t be beat. Figure that 12 ounces of in-the-pod edamame yields about 11/4 cups shelled.