Some foods have mind–control powers. They commandeer your gray matter and your willpower falls subservient to their demands. Edamame, those habit-forming poppable pods from whole soybeans, are one of these mystic meals.
If you haven’t had edamame, you’ve yet to learn of its salty powers. If you have been possessed by an edamame attack, be forewarned: the recipe that follows makes the snack even more addictive.
All you do is take a little stir-fry sauce, a few sesame seeds, and something called furikake, a Japanese seasoning that tastes like, well, furikake. Most furikake contains nori flakes, sesame seeds, dried fish flakes (tastier than they sound), and powdered soy sauce or miso. (Variations, like the wasabi-tinged furikake suggested in this recipe, abound.) One taste and you’ll go under.
Go on, give it a try. If you think you’re ready.
Recipe by Todd Lean, executive chef of Pod in Philadelphia, PA
What you’ll need:
1 bag (12 to 14 oz.) shell-on edamame
1 Tbsp vegetarian stir-fry sauce
½ tsp sesame seeds
2 Tbsp wasabi furikake (found in Asian markets and some grocery stores)
Sea salt, to taste
How to make it:
Boil a large pot of water. Add the edamame and boil until the pods are hot, about 2 minutes. Strain and transfer to a large metal bowl. Add the stir-fry sauce, sesame seeds, and furikake. Toss to coat, transfer to a serving bowl, and finish with sea salt to taste. To enjoy, eat the beans from their shells and discard the shells. Serves 4 as an appetizer.
Note: Before you start flipping on your bullhorn to warn us all about the cataclysmic dangers of soy, relax. Eating the occasional edamame snack isn’t going to give you man boobs.