Edamame Succotash

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup finely diced red onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 strips (1 1/2 ounces) applewood-smoked bacon, finely chopped ( cup)
1 cup cooked edamame
1/2 cup fresh corn kernels, from 1 small ear
1/4 cup small-diced red bell pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper

1. In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the bacon and cook until it has rendered its fat and begins to crisp, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the edamame, corn and bell pepper and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon white pepper. Remove from the heat and serve hot.

Two Easy Ways to Cook Edamame

1. Separate the pods from the stalks. Place bean pods in a large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt, rub vigorously, and let stand 15 minutes. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil, add the beans and boil over high heat for 5 to 6 minutes. (For a firmer bean, decrease the cooking time.) Don’t cover the pot or the beans will lose their bright green color. When ready, drain beans and serve hot or at room temperature. To eat as finger food, serve the beans in baskets or bowls. Squeeze the pods with your fingers to press the beans into your mouth and discard the pods.

2. Place the edamame and water into a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 4 to 6 minutes. Drain any excess water and serve as is or with salt.