Looking for Japanese recipes? Want the best ramen? Try our ideas and twists here.
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.
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Easy Japanese recipes
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.
Bring alluring Japanese flavours to the table with these crunchy prawn croquettes by Angelo Sato’s London yakitori bar Humble Chicken.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Packed with plenty of fresh and crunchy veg, these vegan hand rolls are an easy lunch time treat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dashi is a Japanese stock that’s quick and easy to make and adds an umami depth of flavour to many Japanese dishes.
Switch up your usual sarnie for our sushi sandwich with soft sashimi tuna, pickled fiery ginger and crunchy veg.
Add white miso and soy sauce to your curry for an umami-rich midweek meal, packed with chicken and veggies.
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.
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.
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.
This simple Japanese dish is super-healthy and will have your tastebuds singing. Ask your fishmonger for sashimi-grade tuna.
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.
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.
This Japanese-style spicy squid is a great new way to serve squid in summer time.
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.
Swap vermouth for sake in this Japanese-inspired take on the classic cocktail.