Friday, May 28, 2010

okara patties

We've been trying to eat less meat during the week.

Here's an easy and healthy recipe that I used to make okara patties.

If you want to add some ground beef, you may want to use this recipe, but for this meatless version, this is what I did.

Okara Patties : Makes 6

120 grams okara (soy lees)
1/4 carrot, minced
2 pinches of dried hijiki (brown seaweed), reconstituted
part of an onion, minced
1 egg
grinds of pepper, to your liking
1 tablespoon oil

1 tablespoon shoyu
1 tablespoon mirin
slurry (some cornstarch diluted with water)

grated daikon
chopped green onion

Combine the okara, carrot, hijiki, onion, egg and pepper together.
Using a tablespoon, scoop and form 2 or 3-inch patties.

Heat a pan with 1 tablespoon oil and cook patties.
(I covered the pan and let it cook for 3 minutes, flipped them over and cooked for another 3 minutes).

After the patties are cooked through, remove and make the sauce.
Add the shoyu and mirin to the pan and swirl, add a little of the slurry until you get the consistency of the sauce you want. (I didn't make it too thick)

Spoon over patties and top with grated daikon and chopped green onions.

NOTES: The texture reminds me of corned beef hash patties with more potato than corned beef.

You can top it with the sauce above or catsup. We've also had it with tonkatsu sauce.

If you don't like crunching on half cooked carrots and onions (we like the crunch), you can sautee them to get them soft before adding them to the okara.

You could also add cooked beans like edamame (soy beans) or konnyaku (devil's tongue jelly).

If you make the patties smaller, they are great in bento (boxed lunch).


KirkK said...

Hi Kat - This recipe is a keeper for me. The Missus loves okara, but I never thoguht about making time I make tofu, I'll make sure to try this out.

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk, I hope the Missus will like this :)

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

These patties look delicious. I have not cooked at all with okara yet--something I need to experiment with!

K and S said...

Debinhawaii, Okara kinda takes on what flavors you give it so I think it is quite versatile, hope you like it when you try it :)

Take care.

Unknown said...

okara is 1 of my mom's favorite foods... hahaha. but we haven't had any in years!

K and S said...

hmm I wonder why she hasn't made any Rick...

Take care.

Unknown said...

My mom doesn't really cook... Haha. That's why.

K and S said...

Lol Rick, I was thinking that she didn't make it because you guys didn't like it :)

Take care.

Rowena said...

Same here..."trying" to eat less meat and more vegs. I like the pale orange color of this and would so love to try it if I can find okara. These days I've been feeling "in the middle" as to what to eat - weather behaving off and on unstable!

K and S said...

I think these patties came out orangy because of the egg Rowena, I dunno what to cook either, somedays are cool some are not.

Take care.

Emi Reiner said...

When I saw this I could not believe it. I had this when I was a child! Thanks for reminding me.

K and S said...

I hope you like this Emi!

Take care.