From sushi to gyoza, we’re sharing a few fun recipes to help you make Japanese food at home.
Japan is home to some distinct culinary styles and flavours, with light main meals, fresh ingredients and rich flavours. Take a look at some fun and simple Japanese recipes that you can try at home.
You can’t beat sushi for a fun to make and tasty to eat Japanese meal. What’s more, you’ll find that the process of preparing and rolling sushi can be great to do with your partner or grandchildren.
The main component of sushi is the cooked, vinegared rice. Specialist sushi ingredients like rice vinegar, nori and sushi rice are getting easier to find in supermarkets, as well as Asian supermarkets or many whole-food shops. The most important thing is to get the right rice and cook it as per the instructions, as you need it to be short grained and sticky for rolling.
Sushi is surprisingly easy to make once you get the knack, but it’s a good idea to start with a simple sushi recipe to kick things off.
Have a range of fillings on offer, like cucumber, red pepper, carrot, tofu and avocado for vegetarians, and add in tuna, salmon, crabmeat or prawn for meat eaters. If you like things spicy, make sure you get some wasabi too, for an extra kick.
Ramen is an extraordinarily popular dish in Japan, and it’s easy to make at home. It’s a noodle soup made from a base of rich broth, wheat noodles and soy sauce, finished off with various toppings and garnishes. These can be pork, chicken, fish or tofu, boiled egg, spinach, nori (seaweed), green onions, and other vegetables.
This Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup recipe uses chicken stock and garlic to make a tasty broth, with corn, spinach and pork on top.
Little gyoza dumplings are perfect to serve with ramen, or as a starter for a Japanese meal. They are made from small circles of dough, stuffed with minced pork, seasoned with garlic and soy sauce, and pan fried.
The dumpling wrappers can normally be bought in Asian supermarkets, while the other ingredients are readily available in supermarkets.
This step-by-step recipe for Japanese pan fried Gyoza uses minced pork, cabbage and spring onion as a filling, served with a simple dipping sauce.
Thick, tasty, caramelised teriyaki sauce is another staple in Japanese cooking, and is easy to make at home. It’s a fantastic topping for chicken, pork or tofu, and goes well with simple boiled rice.
You start by marinating your meat in the sauce, then reserve the sauce and cook the meat separately. Once the meat is cooked, you boil the sauce so it gets a gloopy, shiny consistency, and pour it over your cooked food.
This Chicken Teriyaki recipe is a great one to start with, as it’s easy to make but produces a delicious Japanese meal.
What’s your favourite Japanese recipe?