Edamame are immature soybeans, most often served in the pod as an appetizer at Japanese restaurants. They’re also available shelled and frozen in most Canadian grocery stores. Use them in place of chickpeas to make a bright green fresh-tasting hummus.

Yield: Makes 3/4 cup.



  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed


  1. Cook edamame in boiling salted water until tender, about 6 minutes; drain. Cool immediately in ice water; drain.
  2. Place edamame, oil, lemon juice, salt, hot pepper sauce and garlic in a food processor; process until smooth. Transfer to a serving dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Serve with pita wedges.
Nutritional analysis per 2 tbsp:

37 Calories, 3.0 g fat, 1.4 g protein, 1.5 g carbohydrate, 0.7 g fibre, 152 mg sodium

Tip: Edamame are tender green soybeans. They are available frozen, either unshelled (in the pod) or shelled. Frozen unshelled edamame are available in most grocery stores. Frozen shelled edamame can be found in natural food stores.