Dry-Roasted Edamame and Cranberry Mix

It’s hard to believe edamame has been around since the 13th century and I’m finally starting to experiment with it in my house only as of this year.  While I’ve always loved boiled, salted edamame as an appetizer at Japanese restaurants, somehow, they never made it on to my own kitchen table.

Edamame’s Japanese translation is “branched bean.” I’ve learned that they’re actually young, green soybeans when they’re picked so they’re soft rather than hard and dry like mature soy beans.  And, if you want to get really fancy (and lazy), you can even buy edamame hulled from their skins at Trader Joe’s and other specialty food stores.  In fact, we grabbed a package of hulled froze edamame from our freezer to help soothe my son’s black eye last week!

Hulled, thawed edamame

There are no edamame recipes in Mom’s archives.  In fact, I don’t think I even tried edamame until college. But, then it was love at first taste.  And, with a little sea salt, these beans can go a long way- not to mention all of the high nutritional and health benefits they boast*:

  • Just one half cup of these green beans is equal to 9 grams of fiber.  In layman’s terms (for me), that’s the same as four (4) slices of whole wheat bread!
  • They’re a natural source of antioxidants
  • They contain no cholesterol
  • They have very little saturated fat
  • They contain 30% protein–80% higher than mature soybeans

*I would be remiss if I didn’t interject somewhere in this post that, unless you are buying organic edamame, soy in all forms is almost certainly genetically modified in this country : (

But, with this type of introduction, how can you possibly pass up the opportunity to make a Dry-Roasted Edamame and Cranberry Mix?  It’s easy, tasty AND healthy(er).

Slightly-oiled edamame ready for the oven

No excuses.

My kids LOVE(D) it.  The combination of sweet and salt and crunchy appeals to their varied palates.

I found this recipe in Whole Living Magazine while I was in an airport last week.  The line at the register was so long, I didn’t have time to buy it so I literally took a picture of the recipe with my iPhone (knowing I just had to make it as soon as I landed).  And I made it. And it was great.  And I will be making it again and again and again with little tweaks along the way.

I promise you’ll love this healthy snack mix.




  1. You photo drew me in Sharib! I just had to come and look at this recipe because I really like soy beans. Most often we eat them steamed as a side to shushi, but I thing we would love them roasted with cranberries too. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I knew I had seen this recipe somewhere. In one of my favorite magazines! I too was enticed. Edamame is one of those super foods, nutrient dense. I’ve blended some into hummus with cilantro – it’s delicious 🙂

  3. This combination of flavors sounds really really good. I can’t wait to try it!

  4. I saw this linked up over at Amee’s Savory Dish. It looks delicious! I’ve had a package of edamame in my freezer and have been clueless as to what to do with it. I hope to make this recipe with it soon!

  5. Thanks for this! We just tried edamame for the first time the other day and I was wondrring what else I could do with it. 🙂

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