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Microwave Steamed Edamame

Microwave steamed edamame – the quickest and best way to cook edamame. For a quick healthy snack, side dish, or a last-minute appetizer. Packed with protein and fiber, it is as healthy as it is delicious!

Microwave Steamed Edamame in a black bowl
Microwave Steamed Edamame

How to Cook Edamame in the Microwave

I absolutely love edamame. It is healthy and delicious, packed with protein and fiber, and makes a great snack, appetizer, or side dish. If you steam it in the microwave it is ready in minutes.

All you need is a microwave-safe bowl or dish with a well-fitting lid (or a plate that fits well over the top). A couple of tablespoons of water in the bottom of the bowl is enough to steam the edamame as long as that lid is well-fitting!

If you find that the edamame beans sitting in the water in the bottom of the bowl end up a little over-cooked, then you could invest in a silicone steamer like this one by Joie*, which will hold them up above the water.

I like my edamame a little salty, so will usually serve them with just a small sprinkle of flaked sea salt, but you could also add a dash of your favorite soy sauce.

Microwave Steamed Edamame in a black bowl

Microwave Steamed Edamame

4.7 from 9 votes
How to steam edamame in the microwave.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time3 minutes
Serves2 Servings


  • 3 oz / 85 g edamame beans
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • flaked sea salt (to taste)


  • Place edamame beans in a microwave-safe dish or bowl with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of water.
  • Cover the bowl with a lid, and place in the microwave oven.
  • Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes until hot.
  • Remove from the microwave and drain Caution: a large amount of hot steam will be released when you remove the lid from the bowl!
  • Serve with a sprinkle of flaked sea salt. Enjoy!


Calories: 51.9kcal  Carbohydrates: 4.2g  Protein: 4.6g  Fat: 2.2g  Saturated Fat: 0.3g  Sodium: 3.3mg  Fiber: 2.2g  Sugar: 0.9g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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