Looking for Japanese recipes? Want the best ramen? Try our ideas and twists here, or take your Japanese dishes to the next level with our teriyaki sauce recipe.


Create your own sushi spread, including temaki rolls and sashimi. Or tuck into comforting family dishes, from hearty ramen to plenty of Japanese curry ideas. We've even included a step-by-step guide to the perfect dashi and a sake cocktail or two. Pair with a bottle of Japanese rice wine – here's everything you need to know about sake.

Try Japanese chef Luiz Hara's Nikkei dishes. Nikkei is a Peruvian-Japanese fusion food. Read more about it in Luiz's book Nikkei Cuisine: Japanese food the South American way.

Tuck into your Japanese food and escape through your earphones with our foodie Japanese travel podcast, or our interview with chef and author Tim Anderson on the 10 things you need to know about Japanese izakaya. Now discover the best Japanese restaurants in the UK.

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Easy Japanese recipes

Sushi rolls (maki sushi)

Try our fresh, homemade sushi for a light Japanese-inspired lunch. It's worth investing in a bamboo rolling mat to make these.

Sushi rolls on a grey rectangular platter with picked ginger and wasabi and a pot of soy sauce

Crispy rice squares with sushi-style topping

Transform sushi rice into these party-friendly squares, the perfect base for an avocado, sriracha and pickled ginger topping.

Rice squares topped with sushi on top on a black plate with chopsticks on the side

Seaweed and sesame salt seasoning

Serve this furikake-inspired seaweed and sesame salt seasoning as part of a Japanese-style feast.

A plate of devilled eggs and radishes with a bowl in the centre filled with salt, sesame seeds and dark green dried seaweed

Zaru soba

This six-ingredient Japanese recipe comes from Masaki Sugisaki of Dinings SW3. You can buy dried soba noodles in some supermarkets, Japanese grocery stores and online.

White bowls of noodles in broth with chopsticks

Nanami gyoza

Stuff Japanese-style dumplings with salted white cabbage, garlic, spring onion, chilli paste and tofu. If you’d like a meatier version, swap in pork mince.

Nanami gyoza on a black plate with a pot of dipping sauce against a blue background

Teriyaki sauce

Use this versatile sauce as a marinade or glaze for meat and fish, or even drizzle over steamed veg or dumplings.

A stone bowl of dark brown sauce with a brushed silver spoon next to a metal pan with more sauce

Endomame korroke (Japanese croquettes)

Bring alluring Japanese flavours to the table with these crunchy prawn croquettes by Angelo Sato’s London yakitori bar Humble Chicken.

three battered croquettes on bamboo skewers, arrange on a white plate with a stone background

Chicken thigh yakitori

Try your hand at chicken yakitori this weekend for a moreish meaty side dish, brought to you by Angelo Sato’s London izakaya-style restaurant, Humble Chicken.

A white mottled plate on a stone background with five bamboo skewers fanned out, threaded with charred chicken

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.

Bone Daddies Ramen Noodles Recipe

Vegetarian cheese and cabbage okonomiyaki

This comforting Japanese savoury pancake is all melted cheese, fried cabbage and pickled ginger – delicious with Kewpie mayo and dried bonito flakes.

A Japanese-style cabbage and cheese okonomiyaki on a small grey plate

Celeriac katsu sando

Take your sandwiches up a notch with our impressive and crunchy celeriac katsu sando. This moreish Japanese-style 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

Yakitori chicken skewers with miso

This Japanese-style 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.

Chicken Yakitori Recipe

Easy okonomiyaki

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

Easy Okonomiyaki Recipe

Temaki (sushi rice hand rolls)

Packed with plenty of fresh and crunchy veg, these vegan hand rolls are an easy lunch time treat.

Temaki Hand Roll Recipe

Grilled Little Gem lettuce with tosazu dressing

This recipe comes from Chinese chef Larkin Cen and is served at his Bristol restaurant Woky Ko: Kaiju. Lettuce is grilled and then dressed in a sauce of soy, mirin and rice vinegar. Try it as a fancy BBQ side or as part of an Asian-inspired feast.

Baby Gem and Tosazu Dressing from woky ko

King prawn yaki soba

Check out our take on the classic Japanese recipe, yaki soba. We've used king prawns, but you can easily change things up with chicken or strips of beef if you like. It’s the sauce that really makes this.

Yaki Soba Noodles with King Prawns

Quick Japanese-style rice salad

Use a pack of ready-cooked or left-over rice to put a super-fast (and low-calorie) king prawn salad together. Make it green with edamame beans, cucumber and avocado.

Japanese-Style Rice Salad with Prawns and Chopsticks

Marmite chicken

Check out Luiz Hara's crunchy marmite chicken with a quick cucumber pickle. This simple but moreish dish is packed with flavour for an easy flavour hit.

Marmite Chicken Recipe


Dashi is a Japanese stock that's quick and easy to make and adds an umami depth of flavour to many Japanese dishes.

Dashi recipe

Onigirazu (sushi sandwich)

Switch up your usual sarnie for our sushi sandwich with soft sashimi tuna, pickled fiery ginger and crunchy veg.

Onigirazu Sushi Sandwich Recipe

Japanese chicken, broccoli and mushroom curry

Add white miso and soy sauce to your curry 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 – this dish is ready in 20 minutes. Leave out the Worcestershire sauce for a vegetarian version.

Yaki Vegetable Udon Noodles Recipe served in a deep silver metal pan

Whole chicken shoyu ramen

They say good things come to those that wait and this chicken ramen recipe is no exception to the rule. This dish takes a few hours to make, but it's definitely worth the wait for a healthy, flavour-packed dinner.

Whole Chicken Ramen

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 to try as a twist.

Breaded chicken fillets with katsu sauce, on a bed of rice and peas

Seared tuna tataki

This simple Japanese dish is super-healthy and will have your tastebuds singing. Ask your fishmonger for sashimi-grade tuna.

Seared tuna tataki

Miso mackerel with chilli brown rice

Try our 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.

Miso mackerel with chilli 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.

Tsukune with Japanese-Style Quinoa Recipe

Spicy squid with Japanese BBQ sauce

This Japanese-style spicy squid is a great new way to serve squid in summer time.

Spicy squid with Japanese BBQ sauce

Lychee martini

Sweet lychees mixed with sansho vodka and vermouth makes this Japanese-inspired cocktail a perfect aperitif or pick-me-up. This recipe comes from London bar Humble Chicken.

a pale pink liquid being poured into a martini glass from a copper cocktail shaker

Sake martini

Swap vermouth for sake in this Japanese-inspired take on the classic cocktail.

A martini cocktail next to a shaker


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