Edamame Substitutes

Edamame Substitutes

This article provides an overview of Edamame, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make for great Edamame substitutes.

What is Edamame?

Edamame is an immature soybean in the pod, the pods are boiled or steamed and often served with salt or other condiments such as garlic. They are usually added to salads or eaten on their own. The term edamame originates in Japan, where it translates to stem beans, as they were often sold still attached to the stem.

What does Edamame taste like?

Surprisingly, edamame does not taste like soybeans or tofu. They have a much sweeter and nuttier taste, with buttery notes. They are similar in texture and flavor to a pea but less firm.

Is Edamame readily available in Supermarkets?

Edamame should be readily available in supermarkets, they can be bought still in their pods, usually in the fresh produce section, or pre-shelled in the frozen section.

What are some alternative names for Edamame?

In Japan, edamame that is eaten outside of the pod is often referred to as mukimame.

What is a good substitute for Edamame in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for edamame. These include:

  • The best substitute for edamame are:
    • Green Peas
    • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Other beans also work quite well, such as:
    • Fava Beans
    • Green Beans
    • Broad Beans
    • Garbanzo Beans
    • Lima Beans