Bring a saucepan of water to the boil with 2 pinches of the salt. Add the edamame and cook for about 5–6 minutes (depending on the time given on the packet). Drain and serve in a bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of coarse salt. This very easy dish is perfect to serve with drinks, and is one of the most popular dishes in izakaya. Most of the time, edamame are eaten with alcohol (they go particularly well with beer).
— To eat, squeeze the pod so the beans pop out, and just eat the beans. Don’t forget to put out another empty bowl alongside for the pods.