Bring a pot of lightly salted water to boiling. Add the pods and return the water to boiling. In general, the edamame cooking time is about five minutes. Do not overcook them or they will get mushy.
Drain the beans; cool them under cold running water in a colander like this Stainless Steel Colander, or immerse them in ice water to stop the cooking.
To shell the beans, gently squeeze the pods with your fingers to release them, or have fun putting the pods in your mouth and popping the beans out of their skins using your teeth.