How to Cook Soy Beans

Written by stephanie jenkins
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Soybeans are a nutritious, high protein food first grown in Asia. They are used to make a variety of foods, including soy milk and tofu. In addition, soybeans can be cooked and eaten as a side or main dish. According to, dry soybeans can be purchased in most grocery stores. One serving of cooked soybeans equals 0.5 cups and offers 149 calories and more than 14 grams of protein. The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association suggests that the food reduces the risks of illnesses such as heart disease and breast cancer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dried soybeans
  • Strainer
  • Water
  • Pot
  • Salt
  • Seasonings

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  1. 1

    Sort the soybeans several hours before cooking. The bag of soybeans may contain tiny stones and other dirt that can be harmful to your health and teeth if consumed. Furthermore, recommends tossing out shrivelled or discoloured soybeans because those have gone bad.

  2. 2

    Rinse the soybeans in a strainer. Cleaning foods before you cook and eat them reduces the risk of food poisoning such as salmonella. Place the soybeans in a large pot of water for up to eight hours at room temperature.

  3. 3

    Drain the water and replace with clean water. According to, you should use six cups of water for every pound of beans you are cooking. Place the pot on the stove and bring to a boil for a couple of minutes. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for about three hours until the soybeans are soft. Depending on your preferences, you may want to add salt or seasonings.

  4. 4

    Refrigerate leftovers immediately. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, soybeans can be stored in the refrigerator for three to four days after cooking. If the soybeans appear discoloured or have a funny smell before four days are up, throw them away to prevent food poisoning.

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