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8 New Ways To Cook With Edamame

You’ve probably become acquainted with edamame by snacking on it as a salted appetizer, perhaps before sushi. These unripened green soybeans have long been a staple in Asian cuisine—the word “edamame” is Japanese for “stem bean,” because the beans were often boiled while still attached to their stems—but they’ve also become increasingly popular in the United States.

But after you’ve gone through several takeout containers’ worth of these impressive little guys, what’s next? These eight edamame recipes should take your relationship with the green bean to a new level.

1. Dumplings

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Like an Asian version of ravioli, these Edamame Dumplings use pre-made wonton wrappers and have an almost-cheesy texture, despite being dairy-free.

2. Guacamole

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A fusion of two fantastic appetizers, this Edamame Guacamole is a dip you can put out with pride—with a smooth consistency and the welcome kick of half a jalapeño!

3. Pesto

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You may think edamame doesn’t have the substance to pull off a convincing pesto, but the lighter texture in this Spinach Linguine with Edamame Pesto recipe really works. Plus, you can use edamame pesto as a dip, a topping for baked potatoes, or a filling for lasagna.

4. Pasta Salad

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Make yourself several days’ worth of the perfect lunch with this easy recipe for Edamame and Cauliflower Pasta Salad with Feta—orecchiette tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, and a touch of soy and maple syrup.

5. Veggie Burger

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This Black Bean Edamame Burger recipe blends mushrooms, grains, vegetables, and (of course) bright green edamame for a deliciously flavorful veggie burger.

6. Pasta Carbonara

Our Pasta Carbonara with Edamame recipe takes what was already a protein-packed dish, thanks to the two eggs it calls for, and adds a cup of edamame to give it some more bite. Though it might feel strange to crack eggs onto pasta, the residual heat from the pasta cooks the eggs and turns them into an addictively rich coating for the noodles.

7. Parmesan-Crusted Bites

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This eminently pop-able version of edamame is baked until crispy then served with a delicious wasabi dip. Just follow the steps here.

8. Fried Rice

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In addition to incorporating our super legume, this version of fried rice uses brown rice, carrots, scallions, and onions as a nutrient-packed bonus. And the best part about making it yourself? You can add as much of each ingredient as you please.

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