A white bowl of azuki beans on a wooden table
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A Simple Way to Cook Adzuki Beans

This is how the small red beans, synonymous with Japanese cooking, can be cooked!
Prep Time8 hrs
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time11 hrs
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: adzuki beans
Appliance: Stove
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 4 cups of dried adzuki beans
  • 8 cups of water


  • To cook adzuki beans, first, sort the beans to remove any bad ones.
  • Place the beans in a strainer and rinse underwater.
  • Once washed, place them in a large pot and cover with enough water so they have room to expand.
  • Refrigerate the pot. Meanwhile, let the beans soak for a minimum of 8 hours, if not a full day. You can also boil the beans for 2-3 minutes and let them sit for a few hours. This way, the sugars that cause digestive distress are reduced.
  • Drain the beans, and refill the pot with three parts of water for one part beans.
  • Boil and then lower the heat to let simmer.
  • Check on the beans after 45 minutes by sinking a fork into one bean. If the bean can be cut easily, the batch is done. If not, continue to cook until it becomes tender.
  • Turn off the heat when done, and drain the water. The beans are now ready to be added to any dish of your choice.


Simple adzuki bean recipes include seasoning the prepared beans with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder along with chopped cherry tomatoes, and mashed sweet potato. You can also consume adzuki beans as sprouts. They can be easily sprouted at home as you would other beans like mung and soy.