Okara served in a medium serving bowl with a bowl of rice and chopsticks
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Okara sauteed with Vegetables - Unohana

Unohana is a classic Japanese side dish made from sautéed okara (tofu fibre) and various vegetables like carrots and mushrooms! It's healthy and delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetiser, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: #Okara, #Tofu pulp, #Unohana
Servings: 10
Calories: 48kcal
Author: Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles


  • 150 g fresh okara
  • 1/2 a medium onion
  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms or 15g
  • 1/2 a small carrot
  • 100 g konyaku
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 200 ml of the water used to soak the dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 Green shallots


  • Soak the dried shiitake mushrooms with 200 ml of water in a fridge for 8-10 hours. (Soak the mushrooms night before) *1
  • Squeeze the liquid out of each mushroom, cut the stem of the mushroom and discard them. 
  • Finely slice the mushrooms, onion, carrot, konnyaku, and shallots.
  • Combine sugar, soy sauce, and mirin with the water the mushrooms soaked overnight and set aside. 
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and cook the onion until it's translucent.
  • Add the other chopped vegetables (besides the shallots) and cook along with the onion.
  • Add the okara and cook until it becomes crumbly.
  • Pour the mixture of seasonings and mushroom soaked water into the frying pan. 
  • Keep stirring everything together over low heat until the liquid evaporates.
  • Add the shallots and cook slightly then turn off the heat.
  • Serve in a bowl as a side dish! or when it is cooled down keep them in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer.  



*1 soaking dried mushrooms is not included in prep/cooking time


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 67mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.3mg