REVIEW: Trader Joe’s Edamame in a Shell (salted)


Do you order Japanese food regularly? Do you order edamame when you do? Do you live near a Trader Joe’s? If so, stop that takeout order. Stop it now. A BAG of frozen edamame from TJs that is pre-salted and only requires a brief acquaintance with the microwave in order to be heated to perfection costs $1.69. How much did your tiny bowl of restaurant edamame cost? More than that. I know. I used to pay for it too.

Add to the amazing cheapness of this bag that edamame are high in fiber and protein but low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and you have the perfect grad school meal: cheap, green (oh how rare that is these days), healthy, and filling. It’s the holy grail and it’s practically free.

And yes, eating an entire bag of these for lunch is not an excellent thing to do on a regular basis, but it’s great if you’re in a pinch and it’s these or a cereal bar (ahem). Plus, if you want to get takeout sushi (please don’t buy the sushi at TJs, by the way. I haven’t had it in years but from what I remember it’s atrocious.) and it just doesn’t feel right to eat it without edamame, reach for a bag of these instead of paying $4.50 for the restaurant to deliver a much smaller portion.

PRICE: $1.69 per bag

WOULD I RECOMMEND THEM?: Absolutely!¬†They’re simple, delicious, easy to prepare, and exactly as advertised. Also, and most importantly, cheap cheap cheap.