Edamame "Hummus" with Spiced Pita Chips

Updated June 29, 2016
This image courtesy of Christopher Hirsheimer

This fresh, green, creamy dip has all the classic hummus flavors of garlic, cumin, and lemon, but it is light on the cumin and garlic in favor of a big citrus punch. Its mellow, bright flavor and smooth texture make it the perfect companion to the bold spicy shards of pita.




Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Family Get-together, Game Day

Recipe CourseAppetizer

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Lactose-free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Taste and TextureCreamy, Garlicky, Savory, Umami

Type of DishDip/spread


  • 2 cups frozen shelled edamame, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup silken tofu, drained
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Pinch of white pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin, plus more for garnish
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • Spiced Pita Chips


Set 1 tablespoon of the edamame aside for a garnish. Place the rest, along with the tofu, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, oil, and lemon juice, in a food processor and process until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt, pepper, and lemon juice, if desired. At this point, you can refrigerate the hummus in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl and garnish with the reserved edamame and a sprinkle of cumin. Serve with the spiced pita chips.

Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl and garnish with the reserved edamame and a sprinkle of cumin. Serve with the spiced pita chips.

Eating Well Tips

Edamame are young green soy beans. Once considered an exotic Japanese ingredient, you can now find them shelled and unshelled in the freezer case in most grocery stores. In Japan, edamame are usually eaten as a snack, boiled or steamed in their shells and lightly salted. Served that way, they are a fun finger-food. You just scrape the beans into your mouth with your teeth and discard the shell.

Shelled edamame are bright green nuggets that can be used just as you would any bean, hot or cold. They just need to be steamed for about 4 minutes from frozen and they are ready to go.



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