Seared tuna tataki

Best-ever Japanese recipes

Here are our 24 best Japanese recipes, from fresh sashimi salads to hearty ramen dishes and veggie stir fries. Make these easy Japanese recipes at home for light entertaining

Celeriac katsu sando

Take your sandwiches up a notch with our impressive and crunchy celeriac katsu sando. This moreish Japanese sandwich may take a bit of effort but it’s well worth the wait, plus it’s veggie too.

Vegetarian Katsu Sando Recipe with Celeriac

Sardine katsu sandwich

Check out this twist on the Japanese katsu sandwich, packed with breaded sardines. This moreish recipe comes from chef Chase Lovecky of Two lights in East London.

Katsu Sandwich Recipe with Sardines

Grilled lamb cutlets in spicy green miso

Check out Luiz Hara’s lamb recipe with spicy miso marinade. This easy lamb dish is simple to make and packed with plenty of flavour.

Lamb Cutlets Recipe with Green Miso

Marmite chicken

Check out Luiz Hara’s crunchy marmite chicken with a quick cucumber pickle. This simple but moreish dish is packed with flavour and an easy weekend recipe to serve friends.

Marmite Chicken Recipe

Onigirazu (sushi sandwich)

Switch up your usual sarnie for our sushi sandwich with soft sashimi tuna, pickled fiery ginger and crunchy veg. Plus, this easy Japanese onigirazu recipe is low in calories too.

Onigirazu Sushi Sandwich Recipe

Bone Daddies’ spicy miso ramen

This spicy miso ramen is from the hip Japanese ramen restaurant Bone Daddies. It takes a little time but the result is worth it: rich pork broth with noodles and exotic ingredients. Prepare and marinade the eggs and the meat the night before for best results.

Japanese chicken, broccoli and mushroom curry

Add white miso and soy sauce to your curry sauce for an umami-rich midweek meal packed with chicken and veggies.

Japanese Chicken Curry Recipe with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Yaki udon noodles

Stir-fries are the best quick meal. Get all your ingredients ready then the cooking takes minutes – the recipe takes just 20 minutes. Leave out the Worcestershire sauce for a vegetarian version.

Veggie tempura

Challenge yourself and make these mouthwatering mushroom, sweet potato, aubergine and red pepper tempura. Perfect served with a Japanese citrus ponzu dipping sauce. Our personal fave is the aubergine fritter…heaven!

Sesame chicken, pickled red cabbage and sushi rice salad

If you love sushi but have never made it, try this easy salad version first. We’ve made it with pickled red cabbage, sesame chicken, soya beans and sushi rice.

The City Barge’s soy-glazed, blackened cod loin, pickled kohlrabi, pak choi and shiitake mushrooms

The best blackened cod recipe. Marinated in miso with pak choi and shiitake mushrooms this dish from London’s The City Barge pub will impress your friends.

zero noodles with poached miso ginger chicken broth

Shirataki noodles, such as Zero Noodles, are low-carb and low-calorie but still satisfy your appetite. Here they are served in a healthy miso ginger broth with chicken and pak choi.

Beef tataki rolls

An easy version of a classic Japanese dish; seared rare beef fillet is wrapped around crunchy carrot and mooli and served with a soy and sesame dipping sauce. This low-fat party food nibble is a great one to make ahead, just keep in the fridge until needed.

Aubergine and sesame stir-fry

Quick, easy and healthy vegetarian stir-fry. Baby aubergines cook in minutes and soak up the flavour of mirin to make a fast and filling midweek meal. Serve with rice on the side.

Miso flavoured broth with marinated tofu

Our best tofu recipe, perfect for a healthy meat-free-Monday with bags of protein and only 143 calories a serving. Marinate tofu in Japanese-style teriyaki and then pour over the miso broth. Delicious!

Maze’s poached sea bream with ginger, shiitake and enoki mushroom and dashi broth

This sea bream, shiitake and enoki mushrooms recipe from Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant would make a sophisticated Asian-inspired dinner party showstopper.

Chicken katsu curry

If you always order the katsu curry when you eat out in Japanese restaurants, you’ll be surprised to learn how easy it is to make at home. This is a chicken and pea version.

Seared tuna tataki 

This simple Asian dish is super-healthy and will have your tastebuds singing. It’s only 211 calories, too. Ask your fishmonger for sashimi-grade tuna.

Yakitori chicken skewers with miso

This Japanese glaze is ideal for grilled meat, poultry or fish. It is so easy to make – the mix of miso, sugar and mirin makes these healthy chicken skewers deliciously sticky.

Summer sashimi salad

Quick and easy recipe for sashimi salmon. Buy the freshest fish you can find for this simple salad, you don’t cook the fish. Avacado and beetroot make it a healthy meal.

Chicken curry udon

A good Japanese-style chicken curry. Made with udon noodles and mild curry paste, it’s healthy, comforting and easy. Made to share, it’s the best midweek meal for two.

Miso mackerel with chilli brown rice

Quick Japanese-style recipe for mackerel. Grilling is an easy way to cook oily fish and the miso-mirin marinade takes minutes to make. Serve with brown rice.

Tsukune with Japanese-style quinoa

Peruvian/Japanese fusion food is called Nikkei and this recipe for tsukune with Japanese-style quinoa is a great, easy way to try it at home

Easy okonomiyaki

These trendy Japanese savoury pancakes are popping up everywhere and are a brilliant way to use summer cabbage. This is a super-simplified version.


Spicy squid with Japanese BBQ sauce

This recipe for spicy squid with Japanese BBQ sauce is a great new way to use squid and makes a great quick and easy starter for 2