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Better-Than-Trader-Joe’s Edamame Hummus

Better-Than-Trader-Joe's Edamame Hummus Recipe

Better-Than-Trader-Joe's Edamame Hummus
I started working on this knock-off Trader Joe’s edamame hummus recipe two weeks ago. And then on Sunday, my husband and I decided on a whim to stop by Trader Joe’s on the way home from the farmers market.

Guess what? Trader Joe’s doesn’t even sell edamame hummus anymore. Or at least ours doesn’t. Horror! I love their edamame hummus. It was quite possibly my most favorite item sold by Trader Joe’s, after they cruelly stopped selling my beloved Middle East Feast. Oh yes, there was much gnashing of teeth and mumbled cursing in the refrigerated section of the Raleigh Trader Joe’s last weekend. Trader Joe’s! Stop introducing products just to take them away from us! You’re toying with people’s lives!

Cooked EdamameAbout the Recipe

But! Like I said, I had been working on making my own edamame hummus recipe anyway. And dare I say, I think it might just be better than Trader Joe’s edamame hummus? Yes, I dare say it! While I always loved the flavor of the Trader Joe’s version, I found it to be a tad too oily. My version cuts down on the oil and adds a boost of flavor with fresh herbs.

Edamame Hummus with Celery and Purple Bell Pepper
I can never get hummus right when I make it with chickpeas, but edamame works so much better. And it doesn’t have that bean-y taste that you sometimes get with chickpeas. This is good!

My favorite way to use edamame hummus is as a sandwich spread. I don’t like mayo or mustard, so edamame hummus makes a great substitute. We had it on flatbread and topped it with roasted summer veggies for an easy weeknight meal. And of course, any kind of hummus is great as a dip for fresh vegetables, pita bread, or crackers.

Edamame Hummus & Roasted Veggie Sandwiches
So take that, Trader Joe’s! I don’t need your edamame hummus anymore! (But if you want to start carrying it again, that would be cool.)

Better-Than-Trader-Joe's Edamame Hummus Recipe

Better-Than-Trader-Joe's Edamame Hummus

An edamame hummus made with lemon juice and fresh herbs. It's even better than the kind Trader Joe's makes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings


  • 1 cup cooked edamame
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs coarsely chopped (optional—I used rosemary, thyme, and basil)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil add more if you like your hummus creamier
  • salt to taste (I used 1/4 tsp)


  • Combine edamame, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs in food processor.
  • Process until smooth.
  • Drizzle olive oil through feed tube, continuing to process until oil is fully incorporated.
  • Season with salt to taste and serve.


My husband and I had a disagreement over this hummus; I liked using 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, while he thought it was too lemony like that. So if you want your edamame hummus extra lemony, add another tablespoon of lemon juice.
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This post was originally published on 13 September 2012.

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  • Reply
    September 13, 2014 at 10:21 am

    TJ’s edamame hummus has been recalled.

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    September 29, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Thank you for posting this recipe! I absolutely love JT’s edamame hummus but there was a recall so all of them stopped selling it. Definitely going to try this sometime soon.

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      Kiersten Frase
      September 30, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      I know, I was just there this weekend and they still don’t have it! Bummer. 🙁

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        September 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        My roommate and I check almost every week to see if it’s come back in. We’re ‘mildly’ obsessed, but she was really excited when I told her about your recipe. Now if I can just fine time to make it…

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          Kiersten Frase
          September 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm

          Well, if you do get around to making it, I’ve found that it freezes well, so you can make a HUGE batch of it and keep it on hand in the freezer instead of having to whip up another batch when a craving hits. 🙂

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    October 4, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Kiersten, than you so much for posting your TJ’s edamame hummus recipe!! We were immensely disappointed when TJ’s stopped carrying it…..I think we were on a two tubs a week habit. I still check every week for it at TJ’s and it never reappears on the shelves. Recently checked with the store manager and he said it’s still on the books but they were looking for a new distributor for the product. I think that basically means that it no longer meets their price point and have dropped it. Very sad. I’ll be making this today!

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    Heather Hicks
    October 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    This post cracked me up, because I, too, was obsessed with the TJ’s edamame hummus, and freaked out when they stopped carrying it. When they had to recall all their hummus, we called it the hummus debacle of 2014, and then had to add a #firstworldproblems.

    I’m definitely going to try your recipe and see if it lives up to the glory of TJ’s! Thanks for the post!

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    Jessica Jordan
    January 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    just made this adding a jalapeno, large handful of cilantro and extra lemon juice…….so yummy.

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    February 8, 2015 at 12:54 am

    TJ is offering the edamame hummus in their February 2015 flyer for $2.49. I have not had TJ’s but have had one from a local produce store very yummy but very expensive. Just made this for a dinner party tomorrow. Thanks

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    February 25, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    TJ’s has a new edamame hummus now (same packaging) but it tastes COMPLETELY different. It doesn’t taste like edamame at all. Has anyone else encountered this?

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    February 27, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Update! The edamame hummus is back….and it tastes nothing like the original. Just bland and the texture is completely different, so HORRIBLY dissapointing!

    I am excited to try out this recipe, I’m desperate for the old hummus!

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    Alan LeBlanc
    December 31, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I am a Canadian snowbird and I recently discovered TJ and their products. The edamame hummus is always on my ‘to buy’ list. Since I have not had it before, I can’t compare the taste, but I am very satisfied with it currently. This recipe will come in handy specially when I return to Canada, where I know this will probably not be available. Some of their fruits and veggies come from Canada, I noticed (tomatoes, frozen blueberries.) Thanks for the recipe though!

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    January 26, 2016 at 12:06 am

    I also love TJ’s edamame hummus, Just tried this recipe. I think there is too much tahini.

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    June 14, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I too was on the hunt for the infamous Trader Joes edamame hummus. Found a brand called Eat Well Embrace Life edamame hummus at a HyVee store here in Kansas City but it is hit or miss if they have it on the shelves. I’m so excited to try your recipe. I have some tahini in the fridge just waiting to be put to good use!

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    September 4, 2017 at 1:23 am

    I don’t know if I’ve had the Trader Joe’s edamame hummus but I’ve noticed that there are several other brands that are making it. This is an awesome recipe and of the brands I’ve tasted, this is super comparable. It was exactly what I was looking for!

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    September 20, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I missed TJ’s edamame hummus, but I’m sure this is even better. I’ve only had “regular” chickpea based hummus, so I can’t wait to give it a try!

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