I LOVE edamame. But no matter how hard I try, whenever I cook it at home, the frozen pods shrivel up and die. What am I doing wrong?
Are you using fresh, flash frozen, or frozen pre-cooked?
I learned the hard way that most edamame available at my local japanese market was pre-cooked.
It really only needed about 5 minutes in boling water, then a rinse in cold water. Then I drain and sprinkle on coarse sea salt.
I've had no problems. I plunge the frozen edamame into boiling salted water, cook for 4 to 5 minutes, and drain. Then sprinkle with salt. Have you tried different brands? Perhaps the brand you're using has been through some thawings and refreezings.
If you have access to a Trader Joe's you MUST get theirs. All you have to do is thaw them and they're perfect. I had the same problem as you with other brands that had to be boiled...
I think it's cooking too long. I put mine in the cold water and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts boiling rapidly I take them off and then drain and salt. I don't get shriveled pods. The only time I get that is when they are cooked too long or once when I tried to use the microwave.
I always end up cooking the frozen ones for less than the 5 minutes called for on the package, but I like mine a bit crunchy still. I've noticed more quality issues with the frozen Trader Joe's edamame, both shelled and unshelled. Their bags seem to end up with a handful of shriveled/yellow pods or beans every time. I've rarely had this with the ones I buy at the Japanese market.