Edamame is a traditional Japanese dish made out of fresh young soybean pods. It can be either boiled, steamed, spiced up with garlic or simply roasted, fried to have it as an appetizer. Low in calories and high in fiber edamame comes complete with top health benefits. You buy them in their pods or as shelled beans. As the shells help add flavor Edamame is cooked in their pods.
The best part is you simply do not have to worry about having left with excess edamame. You can either store it is refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or have it frozen if you intend to keep it for a longer period.
Can You Eat Edamame The Next Day?
If properly stored, yes, you can eat edamame the next day. As any cooked food should never be kept for more than two hours of cooking, leftover edamame should be stored in refrigerator after it cools down. Refrigerated, it can be kept for up to 3 to 4 days. You can easily reheat it in the microwave, air fryer, or you have it can steamed, boiled or roasted. You have to take care that you do not overcook when reheating as it will lose the color, flavor and crispiness.
Is It Safe To Reheat Edamame?
You bet, it is definitely safe to reheat edamame. But how the beans have been cooked in the first place plays a vital part in retaining the flavor, texture and crispiness of the edamame when it is reheated. Leftover edamame properly stored in refrigerator is safe to be reheated. It really does reheat well and sometimes you may come to think that is better the second time around.
If you store the beans in refrigerator it can be kept for several days. If you intend to keep it for longer period, you need to freeze the whole pods or you can also shell the beans before freezing.
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How to Reheat Edamame in Microwave?
Using the microwave to reheat edamame is the best method and it is simple and easy. When reheated in microwave edamame you can be assured that it turns up retaining the exact original texture. I don’t mean to brag, but, microwaving is the best method to reheat leftovers.
Place edamame in a microwave safe dish either shelled or unshelled. Add a tablespoon of water and cover with damp paper towel. If covered with a plastic wrap you will need to poke a few holes. Microwave for about 30 to 60 seconds. Allow to stand for 30-60 seconds, if taken direct from freezer you will need to heat for 2-3 minutes. Add some salt if required.
How to Reheat Edamame in Air Fryer?
You do not have to wonder how to reheat edamame without a microwave. Another quick method to reheat edamame is to use the air fryer. Take the beans out of the refrigerator and dry them on paper towels. Place edamame in the air fryer basket. Add a little oil with a little seasoning and spices. This will spice up the otherwise bland beans.
Cook at 350o degrees Fahrenheit for 5 – 10 minutes or until warm. Toss them well after five minutes. Ensure they heat up thoroughly. It is best that reheated edamame is served immediately after being air fried.
Can You Reheat Edamame Frying?
Yes you can reheat edamame frying. You can fry edamame on its own or use it in a stir fry rice dish.
If the edamame has been frozen thaw them in the refrigerator first. The extra water from frozen beans will prevent the beans from crisping up and thawing in refrigerator will prevent it. Dry the edamame on paper towels. Drizzle a little oil in pan and place on stove and let the oil heat well. Add edamame and stir fry beans or pods for 2 – 3 minutes.
It is necessary to be mindful of the temperature and to keep on stirring to prevent burning. Make a little mixture of soy sauce, oyster sauce and chili oil and add to the beans as they begin to char. Adding the oil mixture will help spice up the beans. Fry for an additional minute. Take out from fire and serve.
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How to Reheat Edamame in Steamer?
Steaming edamame to reheat is as same as microwaving, though it takes a little effort and time. Boil water in a steamer or in a medium sized pan on stove top. Place a steamer basket, colander or sieve on top of pan. Ensure that the bottom does not touch the water. When the water boils up carefully place the steamer on it. Cover with lid and allow to stand for 2-4 minutes.
If the edamame have been taken straight out of the freezer, you will to allow a little more extra time for the beans to get steamed. You will also need to sprinkle a little salt as the steam is likely to wash off original salt. Serve hot.
How to Reheat Edamame in Deep Fryer?
I have also tried deep frying edamame in addition to pan frying and roasting. This gives the beans a crispy texture as well.
First coat edamame beans in potato starch. Heat oil in deep frying pan on stove on medium high heat and wait till the oil really heats up. When bubbles appear in oil, add edamame and fry until the coating turns crispy.
Average Time and Temperature for Preheating a Edamame
|Microwave||Medium Heat||30-60 Seconds|
|Frying (Pan or Stove)||Desired Level||2-3 Minutes|
|Air Fryer||350F||5-10 Minutes|
|Steamer||Boiling Level||2-4 Minutes|
|Deep Fryer||Medium High||Fry until the coating turns white and crispy|
How to Store Edamame For The Purpose Of Reheating?
All cooked food need to be safely stored in refrigerator within two hours of cooking to avoid bacteria setting in. Even cooked edamame when not properly stored will turn bad. If you carefully follow the above given methods it will enable you to preserve your beans in good condition when taken out to be reheated and eaten at a later date. To safely store the edamame place them in airtight containers or in freezer bags with the air pressed out and securely sealed. You can keep them safely in refrigerator for 4 -5 days.
If you do not intend eating them immediately, you can have them frozen. If you are left with a large batch of edamame consider dividing them into small portions. This will help you in taking out just the amount required for reheating. After placing the beans in freezer bags, press the air out before securely sealing the bags. Labeling the bag with the date will help you to ensure expiry time.
Properly and securely stored edamame in freezer will keep in good condition up to one year.
In order to thaw the beans, transfer them to the refrigerator. You can also thaw them in microwave as well.
How Do You Keep Edamame from Getting Soggy?
If you do not want your edamame to get soggy or mushy, it is important to ensure that you do not overcook them in the first place. Test the beans at three minutes to ensure whether they need further cooking. The beans should be firm. Do not leave pan on fire to boil without supervision as it might result in over boiling the beans making them soggy when taken out.
What Is The Best Way To Reheat Edamame?
Going by the above, you will note that edamame beans retain their texture, crunch and flavor even after it has been reheated. The most simple and convenient method in my opinion is in microwaving. The other methods of reheating such as steaming, roasting, frying or deep frying also work perfectly, but I would stick to microwave whenever it is necessary to reheat this rich goodness quickly and conveniently.
As an afterthought I might add here that you can further improve the taste of reheated edamame by adding a little extra seasoning, a few herbs, a clove of crushed garlic. A squeeze of lemon will also help in providing a tangy taste if you love it.