Japanese Recipe: Okura no Aemono (Okra Salad)-Japanese Taste

A Quick and Healthy Japanese Summer Vegetable Side Dish - Okura no Aemono (Okra Salad)

by David Canigueral

Veggie Under 650 calories Contains nuts Healthy Healthy side dish idea Summer side dish

A common dish in Japan is "Aemono" (和え物), which literally means seasoned or dressed dish. It is a simple and easy dish to make. Among the many Aemono dishes that exist in Japanese cuisine, a very popular one is Okura no Aemono

Essentially, Okura no Aemono consists of okra seasoned with soy sauce. Toppings such as bonito flakes and roasted sesame seeds can be added on top. Especially popular in the summer, Okura no Aemono goes well as side dish along with steamed rice and miso soup. Here we will talk about how to make this tasty and healthy dish.

Overview

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 5 mins

Total time: 10 mins

Total servings: 4

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
  • Okra 10 to 15 pieces
  • Sea Salt or coarse salt
  • Soy sauce 1 Tbsp
  • Dried bonito flakes 1 package or roasted sesame (preferably grained) 1 Tbsp

Brief introduction to Okra

For the people who are not familiar with okra... okra tends to get slimy once it is cut. The slimy part is dietary fiber called mucilage and is actually good for your health. However, since it gets slimy, okra was not accepted as an edible vegetable when it was first introduced in Japan and was therefore used merely decoratively at the time. It became popular as an edible vegetable only around 1960, and since then, it is known as one of the vegetables which prevent exhaustion from the summer heat and help the body to recover from fatigue.

Using a high quality soy sauce

Since okura no aemono contains such few ingredients, it is extremely important to use high quality seasonings to bring out the deliciousness of the okra, as well as to maximize umami flavor. Luckily our website, we have a wide array of soy sauces to choose from. For aemono, we would recommend using Yamaroku Tsurubishio Shoyu Japanese Soy Sauce because it is a high quality soy sauce packed with umami flavor.


Instructions

Preparing the Okra
1) Preparing the Okra

Cut the stem of okra out and peel the calyx of okra. Please be careful not to cut the stem too deep to avoid nutrients leaking out when you boil okra.

Salting the Okra
2) Salting the Okra

Lie okra down on the cutting board. Spread salt on them, and roll them with your hand to get rid of hairs on the surface. Once their surfaces are smooth, rinse them with water.

Boiling the Okra
3) Boiling the Okra

Boil water in a pot and add salt to the boiling water. Add the Okra into the pot and boil them for about 2 minutes, or until they turn a vibrant green color.

Preparing the Aemono
4) Preparing the Aemono

After 2 minutes, take out the okra and put it into cold water to keep the vibrant green color. Drain the water and put the okra on a plate. If you want to eat the okra whole, spread bonito flakes and pour a little bit of soy sauce onto the okra. It is ready to eat. If you want to eat the okra small bites, cut okra into small pieces. Then, mix the chopped okra with soy sauce and roasted sesame (and dried bonito flakes if you prefer).

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