Easy Japanese Recipes

Vegetables, Tofu & Eggs

Kabocha Pork Stir Fry

Kabocha Pork Stir Fry

It's the beginning of fall and various pumpkin recipes are starting to appear on websites and magazine. It made me think of sharing this easy and quick Kobocha recipe today. Kabocha is sometimes referred to as Japanese pumpkin or Kabocha squash in the US. It's a very nutritious vegetable with a very sweet flavor, even sweeter than butternut squash and it is rich in beta carotene. I used Korean seasoning called Gochujuang (hot pepper paste) for flavoring this dish.
Kabocha Pork Stir Fry

Chicken & Tofu Burger Steak 豆腐ハンバーグ

Chicken & Tofu Burger Steak 豆腐ハンバーグ

One of the very popular dish you will find in Japanese western diners is "wafu hambagu" (Japanese style hamburger steak). It is basically the burger patties without the bun and usually accompanied by a soy based glaze. This tofu and chicken burger steak recipe is very healthy and easy to make. The mixture of tofu and ground chicken makes this burger patties extremely juicy and moist and goes perfectly with just a bit of soy glaze. Sick of bacon and cheese burger? Try this chicken & tofu burger steak tonight!
Chicken & Tofu Hamburger Steak II

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

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Thyme

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Thyme

I am a strong believer that veggies are important in our diet. I try to make my kids to eat as many vegetables as possible but it's not easy. My kids really enjoy this Brussels sprout recipe (most likely because there is bacon) so hopefully your family will enjoy it as well.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Thyme