17 Delicious Japanese Recipes

Traditional Japanese cuisine makes use of nature's bounty to showcase simple flavors with gorgeous, almost artistic presentations. However, the foods of Japan are more diverse than you may think. As Japan opened itself up to foregin influences, cooks started incorporating international ingredients and techniques into their cuisine. As a result, contemporary Japanese cooking features everything from ancient rice and fish dishes to unique takes on European-style pastries and even a delicious interpretation of curry. These recipes (from traditional to innovative) reflect the Japanese approach to food and cooking.

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Chicken Katsu

Chicken katsu belongs to a class of Japanese cuisine called yoshoku, which refers to Japanese-style Western dishes. This crispy chicken cutlet was inspired by schnitzel but uses panko breadcrumbs and is fried in oil instead of butter. Katsu is short for katsuretsu, which is the Japanese pronunciation of cutlet.

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Spicy Steamed Baby Bok Choy

Baby bok choy is popular in many East Asian cuisines because of its striking appearance, mild flavor and crisp texture. This is a simple recipe that combines soy sauce and spicy sesame oil for a full-flavored side or vegetarian main course.

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Spiced Edamame

Edamame is the term for soybeans when they're at their tender young phase. About the size of small lima beans, these legumes have a rich, creamy mouthfeel and fresh, almost grassy flavor. These qualities make them the ideal vehicle for a myriad of seasonings.

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Salmon Kushiyaki

Kushiyaki is a style of Japanese cooking that involves grilling skewered meats and veggies over a a charcoal grill. Rich salmon pieces and meaty shiitake mushrooms are licked by the flames while a sweet soy marinade caramelizes on the surface. A finish of schichimi togarashi (a spicy Japanese seasoning blend) gives these skewers just the right amount of heat.

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Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

Japanese cooks are masters at taking international recipes and transforming them to make them uniquely Japanese foods. These pancakes are a perfect example. Inspired by American pancakes, they are thicker and fluffier than the flapjacks you may be used to. Serve them with butter and maple syrup, just as you would at an old-fashioned diner or a Japanese pancake shop, for that matter.

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Chico Ramen with Roasted Chicken Dashi and Shoyu Chicken

While pork-based ramen broth is extremely popular, it's not the only type of ramen that exists in Japan. This chicken-based one is a much lighter alternative that still delivers on richness and flavor. You can also make the shoyu (soy sauce) chicken component separately to have on its own!

Get the Recipe: Chico Ramen with Roasted Chicken Dashi and Shoyu Chicken

Grilled Rice Balls

Onigiri are Japan's most quintessential comfort food, and while they often include rice and nori (seaweed), they are much easier a lot more affordable to make. This recipe is a popular variation on the traditional favorite coated in which triangles of short-grain Japanese rice are coated in a buttery sweet soy sauce reduction before getting caramelized on a hot grill.

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Mochi Ice Cream

Mochi is a traditional Japanese food made from a variety of rice often referred to as glutinous rice in English (even though it contains no gluten). It is often eaten on its own, especially during New Year celebrations. However, it's most popularly filled with sweet fillings, including ice cream. Learn how to make your own with this recipe.

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Yakitori Negima

Yakitori is perhaps one of the most popular types of grilled foods in Japan and is a favorite street food and bar snack. While traditionally grilled on an open flame, this recipe calls for using a grill pan, which still beautifully caramelizes the sweet soy glaze and scallions.

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Katsu Curry Ramen

This recipe combines three Japanese favorites: katsu (breaded fried pork cutlet), curry and ramen. Japanese curry is one of the most popular foods in Japan and is inspired by British-style curry. It is mild, velvety and slightly sweet. For ramen, the curry sauce is thinned out with a rich pork broth. All together, the elements of this dish give you a taste of Japanese comfort food.

Get the Recipe: Katsu Curry Ramen

Miso Soup

This soup is a standard at many Japanese meals and a necessary component of traditional Japanese breakfasts. Fortunately, it is very easy to put together. This particular recipe combines two types of miso paste — white and brown — for a complex, deeply umami taste.

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Japanese Cheesecake

Japanese-style cheesecake is like the happy love child of a New York cheesecake and an angle food cake. It's lighter, flufflier and jigglier than your typical Wester cheesecake but still has the pleasant tang and creaminess that cheesecake fanatics love. It's also not as sweet or fatty while still being incredibly indulgent.

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Nabe Yaki Udon

Nabe is a type of hearty Japanese stew that is a real comfort during the bitterly cold Japanese winters. The soup features udon, a traditional variety of thick, chewy noodles that makes this a filling main dish for any time of year.

Get the Recipe: Nabe Yaki Udon

Edamame Tofu Mushimono

This is a modern interpretation of classic Japanese flavors. Tofu is not terribly difficult to make at home. However, it does require special ingredients. This recipe calls for easier-to-find ingredients to give home cooks the effects of homemade tofu without all the fuss. Edamame makes for a beautiful pale green tofu that has a fresher, more summery taste than traditional tofu. The addition of fresh tomatoes makes this a perfect warm-weather dish.

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Miso-Sesame Dressing

This dressing has a practically legendary status at Japanese restaurants in the U.S. It utilizes miso, a salty fermented soybean paste, as its main flavor component. Toasted sesame oil gives the dressing a satisfying nuttiness.

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Masaba Oshizushi

The original sushi actually featured pickled fish rather than raw fish as it does today. This pickled makerel sushi is very close to what Japanese people enjoyed several hundred years ago. On top of learning how to pickle mackerel, this recipe also teaches you how to make a proper pot of sushi rice.

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Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkotsu ramen is perhaps the most popular style of ramen in the West due to its rich, milky white pork broth. This recipe comes from a popiular Japanese restaurant in the U.S. It's a perfect recipe for those who want to make a satisfying bowl of ramen without compromising on traditional ingredients and techniques. You can make all the elements ahead of time and have them ready to assemble for a quick weeknight dinner.

Get the Recipe: Kaedama Tonkotsu

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