Easy Japanese Recipes

Sauces, Dressings & Condiments

Sesame Dressing 胡麻ドレッシング

Sesame Dressing 胡麻ドレッシング

My son loves homemade sesame dressing more than store-bought pre-made ones. I usually experiment with various recipes and this particular one is my husband's favorite because of the strong vinegar taste. If you prefer really fine and smooth taste, ground the sesame finer. Otherwise it's fine to leave the grounded sesame a bit coarse, it adds a new texture and dimension to the salad.
Sesame Dressing | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Eggplant with Sesame Ponzu Sauce

Eggplant with Sesame Ponzu Sauce

Ponzu sauce is very versatile, it's probably best known as the dipping sauce for Japanese shabu shabu. It's also popular with thinly sliced halibut or sea bream sashimi. I enjoy experimenting with ponzu sauce and found it goes really well with pan fried eggplants. Garnish with shiso to add more complexity to this delicious vegetarian recipe.
Eggplant with Sesame Ponzu Sauce

Strawberry Dressing

Strawberry Dressing

My kids love strawberries. Whenever we go to Costco during strawberry season we would always come home with 4 lbs of strawberry because they request it. I am always trying to think of ways for my kids to eat more salad so when I saw the strawberry recipe I knew I had to try.
Strawberry Dressing

Spring Rolls with Sesame Ponzu Vinaigrette

Spring Rolls with Sesame Ponzu Vinaigrette

I know I probably say "this recipe is my husband and my favorite recipe" quite a bit, but this spring roll is really one of our favorites. It very quick to prepare since only pork belly has to be cooked. The soft rice paper wrapped around fresh veggie and crunchy pork belly dipped in a citrus soy sauce... it's just perfect.
Spring Rolls with Sesame Ponzu Vinaigrette

Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

It amazing how fast 2011 has passing by so far, just with a blink of an eye and summer is just around the corner. Since the weather has been amazing, I want to share a delicious salmon salad with you. It's perfect for that weekend lunch in the backyard and to enjoy with a bottle of white wine and some warm bread and butter.
Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce ニンニク紫蘇醤油

Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce ニンニク紫蘇醤油

I got the recipe for my favorite flavored soy sauce, Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce from Cookpad.com. This original recipe created a huge sensation in Japan a couple years ago. This recipe has only 3 ingredients, but the combination of Shiso, garlic, and soy sauce is pretty amazing. I love this sauce so much that I always keep replenishing the ingredients so it's always ready to go when I need it.
Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com

Pork Shabu Salad with Ponzu Dressing & Egg Drop Soup

Today's recipe is actually 2 dishes, you make salad and you get a free soup! If you enjoy eating Shabu Shabu or like Ponzu, I'm sure you'll like this salad. Typically shabu shabu restaurants in the US only serve beef slices, but in Japan pork slices are also very popular. Ponzu goes really well with pork slices and it also makes the perfect healthy dressing since very little oil is used.
Pork Shabu Salad with Ponzu Dressing Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com