7 Easy Japanese Dishes

Here are 7 easy to make Japanese recipes.

  • 01 of 07
    Onigiri
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    Rice balls are called onigiri in Japanese. Rice balls are usually shaped into rounds or triangles by hands. Onigiri are often put in Japanese bento lunch boxes. Use your favorite fillings or toppings.

    These little, flavored rice balls are made with sushi rice, but the rice is not fanned and seasoned with rice vinegar and sugar as it is in sushi-making. Instead, the rice is simply salted lightly. Onigiri, on the other hand, makes use of leftovers and other ingredients you might have around, often...MORE hiding them inside the rice.

  • 02 of 07
    A bowl of miso soup
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    The most common soup in Japan is miso soup which is seasoned with miso (soy bean paste). Tofu is the most common ingredient in miso soup. It is quick and easy to make and is nutritious.

    Dashi soup stocks for miso soup are made of niboshi (dried baby sardines), kombu (dried kelp), katsuobushi (thin shavings of dried and smoked bonito, aka skipjack tuna), or hoshi-shiitake (dried shiitake).

    Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a food made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds...MORE into soft white blocks.

    Think about adding scallions, garlic, kale, cabbage or mushroom.

  • 03 of 07

    Cabbage is often cooked with canned tuna that can be made in a skillet or a wok. There are only 3 ingredients and it's done in 10 minutes.

  • 04 of 07
    A bowl of gyudon
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    Japanese beef bowl is called gyudon an immensely popular dish in Japan. Steamed rice is topped with beef and onions simmered in sake and soy sauce. The balance of sweet and savory ingredients complements the sweet and savory flavors of beef and onions. It's a quick, easy meal that's equally at home at the food court or on your kitchen table.

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  • 05 of 07

    Nira Soup

    It's a simple soup made with garlic chives and egg. This soup can be seasoned with miso if you would like.

    Nira Grass or Chinese Chives can be found at most Asian produce markets. Stronger in flavor than true chives, Nira Grass is available in four major varieties: dark green (known as Green Nira Grass or Garlic Chives), pale yellow (known as Yellow Nira Grass, Yellow Chive or Chive Shoot), a round-stemmed chive topped by a pointed flower bud (known as gau choy fa) and a distinctly flavored...MORE chive with a similar appearance (known as gau choy sum.)  

  • 06 of 07

    Asari no Sakamushi

    Asari clams are steamed with Japanese sake. It's a simple but delicious appetizer.

    This is a delightfully simple and fast recipe for Japanese-style steamed clams in sake (Japanese rice wine) and kombu (kelp) stock. The clams will usually open within 3 minutes of steaming, but careful - overcooking will result in shrunken clams with a rubbery texture.

  • 07 of 07

    Steamed Japanese eggplant has a delicate, silky texture. You may have tasted similar light, refreshing eggplant dishes in Asian restaurants. Dress the eggplant while it’s still hot; it will drink up the sauce so that flavor runs through and through. Then refrigerate and serve the salad cold.