Vegan White Bean Japanese Croquettes

"This vegan twist on korokke (Japanese croquettes) is hearty, packed with plant-based protein, and made healthier in the air fryer!"
-- @ellielikescooking
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Prep time 20mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 pound starchy potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried shiitake, rehydrated and chopped, optional
  • 1/3 cup vegan cheese shreds
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup panko or breadcrumbs
  • oil for brushing


  • Step 1

    Make flax egg: Mix together ground flax and water and set aside to thicken.

  • Step 2

    Peel potatoes and slice into cubes so they cook faster. Add potatoes to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, until you can easily pierce the potatoes with a fork. Drain and set aside.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, add onions and carrots to a pan over medium heat with a splash of water or oil, and cook until onions turn translucent. Add green onion and rehydrated mushrooms (if using) and season with salt and pepper. Stir and turn off heat.

  • Step 4

    Add white beans to a large bowl and use a fork or potato masher to mash the beans. They don't have to be completely mashed; leave some chunks for texture. Add potatoes to the bowl and mash, again leaving some chunks for texture. Add in veggies, vegan cheese, and flax mixture. Mix until well combined.

  • Step 5

    Mix together plant milk and cornstarch. Form the potato mixture into patties. (I ended up with 8 large patties.) Roll each patty in flour, dip in plant milk mixture, then coat with panko. You may need extra flour or panko, depending on how big your korokke are.

  • Step 6

    Brush the korokke with oil. Place in the air fryer, leaving a little space between each korokke so they aren't touching each other. You will probably have to fry in two or three batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.

  • Step 7

    Air fry at 350°F for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Serve with Japanese worcestershire sauce, ketchup, or plain. These are best right after they're made, but leftovers can be reheated in the air fryer to crisp up.

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