This traditional Japanese okra salad will burst in your mouth with juicy, umami deliciousness! A quick & easy compliment to any Asian meal in less than 10 minutes!
Japanese okra salad (also known as okra ‘ohitashi’) is a household name in Japan. You won’t find many people in Japan who don’t know what okra is. Japanese okra is commonly enjoyed in salad form, but you can also find it in soups, sauteed, and even skewered.
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How to make Japanese Okra Salad?
- Add okra to boiling water for a quick blanch, drain, then set aside.
- For the sauce, you’ll be adding soy sauce, water, bonito flakes, Japanese cooking sake, and sweetener together in a pot for a quick boil and then simmer.
- Drizzle sauce on top and sprinkle with toasted sesame seed & dried bonito flakes. Can be served hot or cold.
What ingredients do I need to make Japanese style okra salad?
- Okra – use fresh okra. Commonly found in most Asian supermarkets, and sold as a loose bunch. Look for those with smaller okra in them, as smaller ones taste better than larger ones.
- Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
- Bonito Flakes – made from shaved Dried Bonito fish. Commonly used to make broth and responsible for giving Japanese cuisine that signature umami flavor. Can replace with Hondashi.
- Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets.
- Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
- Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.
What is Okra
Okra is a green, pod-shaped vegetable, with a slimy texture (especially when cooked). All parts of it can be consumed, however, some people cut off the cap, as it can sometimes be too tough to eat.
The longer you cook it, the slimier it will be! So for those who aren’t a big fan of the texture, cooking it for a shorter amount of time may be better, or you can de-slime it by cooking it with acidic foods, such as tomatoes or onions.
What is the best way to eat okra?
Japanese okra is most commonly enjoyed as an okra salad or soup, but you can also saute them with your favorite meats or vegetables, grill them on skewers (delicious when wrapped in bacon!), fry them for a fried okra salad, or boil and drizzle them with olive oil, salt, pepper, or any spice of your choice!
When buying okra in a bunch, look for those with smaller okra in them. Smaller okra tastes better than larger ones.
Is okra healthy for you?
Yes! Not only is it low in calories and carbs, but it contains both protein and fiber. It’s also an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K1 (good for blood clotting). It also contains antioxidants that are known to reduce the risk of serious health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.
Looking for other Japanese appetizer recipes?
- Spicy Garlic Asian Cucumber Salad
- Japanese Miso Eggplant Stir Fry
- Stir Fry Bean Sprouts
- Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry
- Miso Mayo Dipping Sauce w Vegetables
Watch How To Make It
Japanese Okra Salad
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Boil about 2-3 cups of water in a stove top pot.
- In another stove top pot, add Soy Sauce, 1 tbsp water, 1tbsp Bonito Flakes, Japanese Cooking Sake and sweetener and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute. Once 1 minute has passed, remove from heat and set aside.
- Once water is boiling from step 2), add okra and cook for 2-3 minutes or until desired tenderness is reached.
- Remove okra, slice into bite sizes pieces (we prefer around 1/2") and transfer to a serving plate.
- Pour sauce from making sure to push out any excess sauce from the Bonito Flakes with a strainer & spoon and top with Toasted Sesame Seed & Bonito Flakes. You can either serve hot or cold.