Soya submarines

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Last Wednesday the recipe was dedicated to soy milk Soy milk for good / Prophylactic self-isolation series. Day 314th. Now, when soy milk is ready, what to do with Okara?

Okara is a pulp of mashed soy beans, which is left in a nut milk bag after freshly made soy milk. Usually people just throw it away, more conscious individuals put it into compost. But, is it eatable at all? Oh yes, you may prepare delicious Okara rolls following the recipe below.

Keep in mind that the pulp of mashed soy beans SHOULD BE COOKED for 15 min as described in my previous recipe about soy milk. It cannot be eaten raw, ok?!:)


Before you start

Passive time

8 h

Active time

40 min


coffee mill (optional), scoop spoon (optional)



For note: 8 h for soaking nuts. This recipe is a continuation of making soy milk. First, soy milk must be cooked as described here, because we will use a pulp which is left after preparation of soy milk. Only fresh made!

Basic rule: before you start you may wash/clean and drain/dry vegetables, herbs, fruits and other ingredients when needed

Freshly made Okara from Soy milk1-2 cups1-2 cups
Walnuts75 g0.5 cup
Olive oil5 Tbsp5 Tbsp
Fish sauce (or soy sauce, or tamari)2 Tbsp2 Tbsp
Nori sheets, shredded10 g0.5 cup
Nori sheets, standard size4-54-5
Soy milk50 ml0.25 cup
List of ingredients for Soya submarine rolls

How to make it:

  1. Soak walnuts for 8 h or overnight
  2. Drain walnuts. Cut them into small pieces using knife. Here is better not to use a mill or food processor, because some small pieces of nuts should be felt while eating
  3. If you do not have shredded Nori sheets as a separate product – just shred standard sheets in hands or in a coffee mill
  4. In a bowl, add Okara, cut walnuts, fish sauce (or soy/tamari sauce), olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, and shredded Nori sheets. Mix well. Add some soy milk up to 50 ml / 0.25 cup to moisten the mixture
  5. Now roll: Cut a standard sushi (Nori) sheet in two pieces
  6. Add 2 scoop spoons of Okara mixture to one piece of sheet, then spread the mixture evenly leaving the sides empty
  7. Cut in pieces 0.5 of lemon and moisten the free edges of Nori sheet with lemon slice. Roll it and fix the ends immediately. All three stages of rolling Okara mixture are shown in a picture below
Steps to roll Soya submarines: 1) put Okara mixture on Nori sheet; 2) spread it leaving the edges free and moisten them with lemon; 3) roll!

Important to know:

  1. It is important to make these rolls one by one, so that lemon juice would not moisten the Nori sheet too much
  2. This appetizer could stay in a fridge for 1-2 days, but most likely will be eaten the same day:)
  3. Another option is to leave the Okara mixture as a paté without rolling it into Nori sheets. But I personally prefer to roll it:)

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