Fill a pot with water and a pinch of salt and boil, adding the pods to the water and allowing them to boil for three to five minutes, stirring them occasionally. Drain the cooked pods and place in a bowl of cold water for two to three minutes before straining out the cool water and eating.
To eat cooked edamame plain, squeeze the edge of the pod between your thumb and forefinger. This will allow the whole bean to pop out of the pod into your mouth. Discard empty pods.