Air Fryer Edamame is a healthy and craveable snack that is ready in just a few minutes and as simple as opening a frozen bag of soy beans.
The air fryer works its magic again. I find frozen edamame pods that steam in the microwave to be relatively uninspiring. The air fryer however roasts the pods to perfection. We traveled to Breckenridge, CO recently and at one of our dinners I ordered an appetizer of spicy edamame. It got me thinking, why don’t I eat this at home more often? What a fantastic snack! I season this Air Fryer Edamame simply with lemon juice and sea salt. It is ready in just 12 minutes.
What is Edamame?
In case you are not familar, edamame are young, whole soybeans. I find the fancy name kind of amusing. My Dad has alternated growing soy and corn on his farmland since I was a small child. That’s a long time! I grew up thinking soybeans were food for livestock. But of course soy can be found in all sorts of foods and is a staple in Asian cuisine. While the young soy beans are quite tasty, the pods surrounding them are not edible. Air frying the edamame makes the pods very simple to remove. The air fryer roasts the whole edamame to perfection, even though it’s been frozen.
What to serve with Air Fryer Edamame
I have a couple more Asian-inspired recipes for the air fryer (egg rolls and crab rangoon) – you could make a meal out of appetizers with these roasted soy beans. Or you could make this Air Fryer Edamame as a starter to a Japanese-inspired dinner…
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Air Fryer Edamame
- Air Fryer
- 16 oz Frozen Edamame
- 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- Toss the edamame with the vegetable oil.
- Add it to the basket of the air fryer.
- Air fry the edamame at 400 degrees F for 6 minutes.
- Open the air fryer and toss the edamame around to redistribute it in the basket.
- Air fry again at 400 degrees F for an additional 6 minutes.
- Dump the edamame into a clean bowl. Toss it with lemon juice and sea salt. Serve.