Traditional Simmered Okara Recipe

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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
124 Calories
5g Fat
17g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 124
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 675mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 208mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Simmered okara (soy pulp) is a traditional Japanese side dish. It is the leftover product from making tofu or soy milk. When combined with Hoshi-shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, carrots, mirin, and a few additional items, it makes for a tasty combination.


  • 4 dried shitake (hoshi-shitake), dust removed

  • 2 ounces carrots, peeled and cut into thin, small rectangles

  • 1 (2-inch piece) fried tofu, blanched and cut into short strips, or 2-inch piece konnyaku, sliced into thin, small rectangles

  • 1/2 pound fresh okara

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon sake

  • 1 tablespoon mirin

  • 1 4-inch negi leek, sliced into thin rounds

Steps to Make It

  1. Soak mushrooms in warm water for about 30 minutes to rehydrate.

  2. Drain mushrooms, reserving the water in a small bowl.

  3. Take one cup of the water (shiitake dashi) and mix with soy sauce, sugar, sake, and mirin in another bowl and set aside.

  4. Remove stems from mushrooms and slice thinly.

  5. Heat oil in a large skillet and stir-fry carrot on medium heat until cooked through.

  6. Add mushrooms and konnyaku, and stir-fry together. Add okara and stir-fry until heated through.

  7. Pour the mixture of seasonings over okara and stir-fry until the moisture is almost gone.

  8. Add leek slices and stir-fry for about one minute.