Easy Japanese Recipes

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Dorayaki (Japanese Red Bean Pancake) どら焼き

Dorayaki (Japanese Red Bean Pancake) Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com I’m so excited to share this traditional Japanese dessert recipe today.  If you are a regular reader of Just One Cookbook, you probably know that I rarely make dessert.  I know a lot of readers come here to look for Japanese dessert recipes but are probably disappointed at what little dessert recipes I have.  I am aware of that and I hope to increase my desert collections on Just One Cookbook.  In fact, I have one more dessert recipe coming up next week as well.  So I’m working on it…slowly… :-)  Today I’m guest posting at my fellow foodie friend Mai’s blog, A Cup of Mai.  Mai cooks delicious food and takes gorgeous pictures, and she has a good fashion and artistic talent which I am completely lack of.  I love how Mai updated her master bedroom and how she cooks delicious spare ribs and bakes chocolate macarons with ganache filling!  You will see what I mean when you visit her blog – so click Here to check out my guest post and spend some time on her blog with a cup of coffee or tea!
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Chicken Scallopini with Lemon Butter Pasta

Chicken Scallopini with Lemon Butter Pasta Recipe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com  One of the great things about being a food blogger is that I am constantly exposed to all kinds of recipes.  I read a lot of food blogs daily and I have learned so much about food preparation this year since I started blogging.  I always enjoy eating good food but I wasn’t as knowledgeable last year about all kinds of recipes, cooking techniques and how to present food deliciously.

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Sanma Shioyaki (Salt-Grilled Pacific Saury) Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com

Sanma or Pacific Saury is one of the most well-known seasonal fish representing autumn in Japanese cuisine.  It’s usually salted and grilled whole even with intestines intact, and served with grated daikon and soy sauce to intensify the flavor of the fish.  The Japanese enjoy the combination of the bitter intestine flavor with fresh grated daikon soy sauce.  The kanji characters used in the Japanese names of the Sanma (秋刀魚) mean “autumn sword fish” in reference to sanma season and its body shape resembling a knife or a sword.

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Tandoori Chicken Puffs

Tandoori Chicken Puffs Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com While growing up in Japan, I didn’t really eat food that contained spices.  If you have been to Japan or are acquainted with Japanese cuisine, you probably agree with me that the Japanese do not use many spices in our recipes, and the food is rather mild and subtle.  Time has changed and the current generation of youths in Japan enjoy more international food that includes spices such as Thai and Indian food, but the vast majority of spices are still “foreign” to most of us.

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Chicken Katsu Don チキンカツ丼

Chicken Katsu Don | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Today’s recipe Chicken Katsu Don might “look” time consuming but it’s actually not.  It’s perfect for a busy day.  I usually serve this dish with a bowl of miso soup and a small salad.  It’s a pretty balanced meal that is quite fulfilling because of donburi (rice bowl) style.

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Chawanmushi with Matsutake Mushroom Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Today I’m guest posting my recipe at Chef and Steward.  Chef Lij and Kari are a husband and wife team behind their blog.  Chef Lij is a sous chef at a fine-dining restaurant in a Five-Star hotel while Kari is a writer and photographer for the blog.  Aren’t they the best food blogger team?  They are expats currently living in Dubai, but originally from Jamaica.  I hope you have some time to visit their site to see their co-effort creations on their blog.  All the food looks outstanding and food photography is simply beautiful.  Kari asked me to make traditional autumn food so I prepared Chawanmushi with Matsutake Mushroom for them.  Please click HERE to read my post.

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Wafu Dressing | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Update: Photos are updated in November 2013.

Today I’m sharing another recipe requested by a reader and it is Wafu DressingWafu (和風) means Japanese-style.  You might have a similar Japanese food term that starts with “Wa” and that is Wagyu (和牛), which means Japanese beef.  In Japanese, Wa (和) means Japanese style.  Washoku means Japanese meal, and in Japanese hotels you can request for Washitsu which is Japanese style rooms with tatami and traditional futon setup instead of mattress.  Okay enough about Japanese lesson… ;-)

Wafu Dressing | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Wafu Dressing refers to a salad dressing that consists of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and vegetable oil.  Every household has slightly different recipe and this is my version with grated onion to make it extra flavorful.  On a side note, if you replace half of the vegetable oil with sesame oil, we call it Chuka (中華) Dressing, meaning Chinese-style dressing in the Japanese culinary world.  It’s kind of funny to me that the Japanese has a “Chinese” dressing since I know from my Taiwanese husband that salad exists in the Chinese food culture but it’s not common.

There are so many kinds of Wafu Dressing choices available in Japanese supermarkets, but homemade dressing has no MSG and preservatives and the best part is you can adjust the flavor as you wish.  The ingredients are very typical for Japanese cooking so I hope you will give this a try.

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Negi Miso Chicken ネギ味噌チキン

Negi Miso Chicken Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com A couple of months ago I was requested by a reader to make Negi Miso Sauce.  This particular sauce consists of mainly Tokyo negi onions and miso (Tokyo negi onion resembles a giant green onion, usually over 2 feet long).  It tastes a bit salty from the miso, yet sweet at the same time for preservative purpose.  The Japanese use this sauce as a dip for cucumbers and carrot sticks.  Other ways to enjoy include spooning a little bit of this paste on top of rice or tofu to provide flavors, and sometime this can be used as marinade for fish and meat.  I also love smothering this paste on Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Ball).
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Japanese Grilled Eggplant (Yaki Nasu) 焼きなす

Japanese Grilled Eggplant (Yaki Nasu) Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com It’s Columbus Day in the US and I hope you are enjoying the long holiday weekend with your family and friends.  Today I’m sharing a very easy Japanese eggplant dish called Yaki Nasu (it means Grilled Eggplant in Japanese).  Part of the reason for sharing this recipe is because I received a lot of requests for eggplant recipes from readers.  Grilled Eggplant is a simple and traditional Japanese eggplant recipe we enjoy at home.

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Salmon & Ikura Don 鮭いくら丼

Salmon & Ikura Don Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Does your favorite Japanese restaurant offer different types of donburi?  Donburi is a very common dish served on both lunch and dinner menus in Japan.  Remember I mentioned before that Japanese food is not just all about sushi?  This particular recipe uses raw fish but served casually Donburi (rice bowl) style, which represents home cooking.  I have a few reasons why I wanted to share today’s “recipe” even though there is actually no cooking involved and it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare if rice is cooked in advance.

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Matsutake Gohan (Wild Pine Mushroom Rice) Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Matsutake mushroom (pine mushroom) – a delicacy from Japan are highly prized by the Japanese for its distinct aromatic odor and flavor.  In Japan, wild matsutake mushrooms are hard to find and the high quality ones can cost up to $1,000 per pound and the exotic ones for up to $2,000.   Luckily, we are able to find them in the local Japanese supermarket for about $40 per pound (US grown).  Living up to its reputation, the aroma and flavor this mushroom offer is simply amazing.

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