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Edamame Hummus

Updated: Mar 14, 2020

Who doesn’t like hummus? One of my biggest food nostalgias back in New Zealand is just having a tub of hummus always present for me to snack on. Funny thing was, although I ate so much hummus, I never thought about making it myself. It was just so easy to buy hummus, the thought of taking my time to make it didn’t even cross my mind.

Of course, coming to Japan was a game-changer for me. Until now, I still haven’t seen hummus anywhere in the supermarkets. It’s a blessing for me though, because that was what motivated to make my own hummus for the first time…and honestly, it’s much easier to make than I expected.

Rather than using chickpeas however, we will be using edamame, a popular produce here in Japan. It’s cheaper, easier to work with, packed with nutrition, and just simply delicious. What can beat that?




2 cups edamame

2 cloves of garlic, peeled

*½ of a Lemon (Juice)

1 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp salt

2 Tbsp olive oil

**¼ ~ ½ cup water (Depends on how smooth you want your hummus to be)

***Handful of fresh herbs


* Lemon is the best choice. Here I used kabosu because it is the local produce of where I live and is cheaper. If you don't have lemon on hand, you can always subsititue with 1/2 Tbsp ~ 1 Tbsp of vinegar

** Add 1/4 cup of water first and add more according too how smooth you want your hummus to be.

*** The herbs are optional, but I do prefer it. Here I used basil, but MINT is the best choice in my opinion. Unfortunately, it's quite difficult to find mint here in Japan and it's quite pricey.

I’ve made this recipe a lot of times now, so I actually don’t measure anything at all. The above ‘measurements’ are only a rough estimate. Taste the hummus as you blend it, and add more of each ingredients according to your own taste.



1. Put everything in a food processor

2. Blend

3. Taste and adjust.

4. Blend

It is very simple if you have a good food processor.

Unfortunately, I only have a tiny grinder so it's a bit more laborious for me, so I'll go through my process of making it step by step.

First, I added the edamame, cloves, water and olive oil first.

Note: I used frozen edamame which I microwaved for 3 minutes at 600W. Unfortunately I forgot to let the edamame cool before blending it which is A BAD IDEA. Make sure to rinse your edamame in cold water and drain the excess water before using!

Used my mini food processor and blended the ingredients

I added the cumin, salt and sesame paste

At this point, I tasted the hummus to see if I wanted to add anything. I was happy with the consistency so I didn't add extra water.

Add the basil and blend

and I have a fresh new batch of hummus!

This edamame hummus can keep for 1~2 weeks in the fridge. But it is so good that I can literally eat spoonfuls of this hummus. It's usually gone by the end of the week.

Rough price estimate:

Edamame (¥44) + Lemon (¥50) + Sesame paste (¥55) + Basil (¥50) +others (~¥100) = less than ¥300

You can also choose to use vinegar instead and leave out the basil, which will further reduce the price down to ¥200!

You can eat this hummus straight out of the jar, you can use it as a dip for your favourite veggies, you can use it as sandwich/wrap spreads, you can use it for salads, and you can even use it in pasta!

The sky is limitless and it's up to you what kind of creative ways you want to use your new batch of edamame hummus!

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