Tender Okara Gnocchi

Tender Okara Gnocchi

Make this Italian style gnocchi with okara as a replacement for your usual rice or pasta dishes. This gnocchi is firm but tender, like Happa's Springy Okara Tsukune (Recipe ID: 281936). It's oil-free, cooks quickly in the microwave and remains tender after it cools down. It's a healthy alternative to macaroni.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Fresh okara
150 g
150 g
50 g
Flour (plain, medium or strong)
40 g
a small amount
Sugar and grated cheese (optional)
1 tablespoon


1. Combine all the ingredients except the tofu. Mash the tofu and add gradually to the mixture.
2. Wrap the dough in cling film. Roll the dough into a long sausage shape with a 2 cm diameter. Cut into 1 cm pieces and shape into rough balls. Arrange on a plate.
3. Indent each gnocchi with the back of a fork. Cover loosely with cling film and microwave for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes (or fry in a frying pan).
4. Even if the gnocchi is not cooked thoroughly, don't worry. When the hot sauce is added later, it will help heat it through.
5. If the fresh okara smells too strongly, measure it in a measuring cup and microwave it for 3 minutes uncovered. Add some water if it becomes too dry.
6. Fry vegetables such as carrots, green peppers and onions and stir in a store-bought pasta sauce to make a sauce for the gnocchi.
7. You can also shape the gnocchi dough into a thick circle with a 4 cm diameter and 2 cm thickness (it is not necessary to indent the gnocchi). Microwave for about 3 minutes. Cut in half.
8. Julienne the vegetables and fry with oil in a frying pan.
9. Add the gnocchi and stir in the sauce. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

Story Behind this Recipe

Okara is a good alternative to starches when you're on a diet.