Easy Japanese Recipes

Kamaboko with Salmon Roe 蒲鉾いくらのせ

Kamaboko with Salmon Roe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Whether you need just one more dish for your lacquered jubako (square bento box) to complete osechi ryori (new year foods), or want a quick hors d’oeuvre before serving the main dish, this Kamaboko with Salmon Roe will definitely surprise your guests with its pretty look as well as the light and flavorful combination of fish cake, shiso, and salmon roe.

Kamaboko with Salmon Roe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

As you can see, this recipe is very simple and easy to make.  You simply make a small slit in Kamaboko, stuff shiso leaf in, and top with salmon roe.

The orange jewel-like salmon roe gives great contrast to the green shiso leaf.  The pink and white kamaboko creates a nice soft background against shiso and salmon roe.

Kamaboko with Salmon Roe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

This is my last dish for 2014 Osechi Ryori series.  I hope you enjoyed the four dishes I shared this year and that you will try making them.  Next year I’ll come back with new osechi ryori dishes, and let me know if you have certain dish that you would like to request.  :)

Thank you so much for reading my blog this year.  Just One Cookbook has grown so much this year and I am humbled by the fact that readers do enjoy my blog and make many of my recipes.  I’ll come back the second week of January to celebrate my 3rd blogiversary!

Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

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Kamaboko with Salmon Roe
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Serves: Serves 3-4 as appetizer
  1. Trim off both ends of the kamaboko (optional). Cut the kamaboko into ½ inch slices. Before you cut next slice, make a ¼ inch slit in the middle of the slice. Continue to cut through and alternate between the cut and the slit.
  2. Cut the bottom of the kamaboko and remove from the wooden base.
  3. Cut off the stem of shiso leaves and stuff a shiso leaf into the slit of each kamaboko slice.
  4. Top with salmon roe. Serve chilled.


Posted in: 30 Minutes Or Less, Appetizers, Healthy Recipes, Holidays, Japanese New Year Food, Quick & Easy, Side Dishes

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  • A_Boleyn December 29, 2013, 9:21 pm

    So very pretty. I really should try and find some kamaboko.

  • Balvinder December 29, 2013, 9:27 pm

    This looks so pretty!
    Wish you a wonderful 2014 ahead!

  • Michelle Bertuzzii! December 29, 2013, 11:42 pm

    Perfect for Osechi-ryori! Will definitely try this.

  • Rin December 30, 2013, 2:37 am

    How pretty! I would love to try the recipes that use fresh shiso leaves, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find anyone who sells them where I live. Is there another green more readily available that can be substituted for shiso that you would recommend? Thanks!

    • Nami January 3, 2014, 8:53 pm

      Happy New Year Rin! I’m sorry for my late response. Shiso has very unique flavor and I can’t find anything that’s “similar” to shiso. However, another reader commented below that he used mint leaves and worked well. Hope that helps. :)

  • Baby Sumo December 30, 2013, 5:44 am

    Simple but so very pretty!

    Happy New Year to you and your family, Nami :)

  • Jenny December 30, 2013, 5:54 am

    that really is beautiful, Nami. The shiso leaf brought back happy memories of Tokyo for me. Happy New Year!
    best wishes, Jennyx

  • Kim | a little lunch December 30, 2013, 6:34 am

    Nami, I could sit and gaze at these photos for hours — beautiful, simple, elegant — but eating them would be even better. (The appetizers, not the photos, lol!) Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year, too!

  • Candice December 30, 2013, 8:00 am

    Hi Nami,

    Beautiful photo!

    I’ve had kamaboko with udon and ramen soups.

    • Nami January 3, 2014, 8:54 pm

      Happy New Y ear Candice! Kamaboko is great by itself (like this recipe) or in noodle soups. :)

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz December 30, 2013, 12:20 pm

    This is just so pretty and elegant. And it looks more like candy lol. Happy New Year!

  • Rosa December 30, 2013, 12:24 pm

    So pretty and refined.

    Best wishes for 2014!



  • yummychunklet December 30, 2013, 12:42 pm

    I love salmon roe. Yum!

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness December 30, 2013, 12:46 pm

    I love fish cake. This is so easy, which would make a nice appetizer. Thanks for sharing some amazing recipes in 2013. I can’t wait to see all the yummy dishes you would bring next year. Happy New Year!

  • John@Kitchen Riffs December 30, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Gosh, this is so pretty. You’re truly an artist in the kitchen. Good stuff – thanks.

  • Eha December 30, 2013, 7:26 pm

    This looks just beautiful! Little problem as far as I am concerned ~ the only ingredient I can access is the salmon roe :) ! So, until I can get closer to matters Japanese I just have to look at the beautiful, elegant photos !! A very, very happy and successful year to come, Namiko-san and all the very best to your family!!!

    • Nami January 3, 2014, 8:56 pm

      Happy New Year to you Eha! Wishing 2014 will be a great year for you! xo :)

  • Belinda @zomppa December 30, 2013, 10:56 pm

    Gorgeous! Love fish cakes….

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce December 31, 2013, 3:33 am

    This is perfect for special celebration…Happy New Year…!!!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today December 31, 2013, 4:15 am

    So cute, it looks like small candies :)

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen December 31, 2013, 4:44 am

    Nami, these are like little treasures – almost too gorgeous to eat!

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year and the very best for 2014 !

  • Kelly December 31, 2013, 5:44 am

    This looks so pretty Nami! What a wonderful dish and recipe :) Wishing you and your adorable family all the best in 2014 and Happy New Year!

  • Chef and Sommelier December 31, 2013, 6:45 am

    Hi Nami,

    Wishing you and your loved ones a great 2014 ahead! Cheers!

  • Ramona December 31, 2013, 9:56 am

    You have done such a beautiful presentation! It’s a stunning dish. :) Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and wonderful New Year 2014!! Thank you for your friendship. :)

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen December 31, 2013, 1:26 pm

    This is so pretty and I have tried this at restaurants. Always wanted to know how to make it. I’m glad you shared it here so I can attempt to do it. Thanks and Happy New Year, Nami!

  • Kate@Diethood December 31, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Gasp! My gosh, Nami, that is incredibly beautiful!!! I just want to stare at it.

    Happy New Year, my sweet friend!!

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living December 31, 2013, 5:56 pm

    What a pretty and festive dish Nami – Happy New Year!

  • Sushma December 31, 2013, 8:18 pm

    Surely going to try this today.


    • Nami January 3, 2014, 8:56 pm

      Happy New Year Sushma! Hope you like this recipe. :)

  • Mich Piece of Cake January 1, 2014, 6:29 am

    What a pretty dish! Wishing you a happy new year!

  • Hotly Spiced January 1, 2014, 11:26 am

    Happy New Year to you and your family Nami. What a pretty dish. The colours are just gorgeous. Almost too pretty to eat xx

  • Sandra Garth January 1, 2014, 3:52 pm

    Oh my goodness this is so pretty and girly!! Thank you so much Nami.

  • STEVE S. January 2, 2014, 1:38 am

    I made this appetizer for our New Year Eve gathering. Instead of Shiso Leaves, I used large Mint leaves and instead of Salmon Roe I used Red Tobiko caviar.

    Worked out very well. Everyone at our gathering enjoyed it very much. I wish I made more than two packages of the Fish Cake….

    • Nami January 3, 2014, 8:57 pm

      Hi Steve! I’m glad to hear mint worked well and everyone liked it. Thank you so much for your feedback. :)

      Happy New Year!!

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 2, 2014, 1:40 pm

    Wow this looks incredible! Happy New Year! I can’t wait to see what else you do this year!

  • wok with ray January 2, 2014, 6:39 pm

    Oh those salmon roe looks so beautiful. It almost look like gems my goodness they are so pretty. Your presentation is always top notch. Happy New Year to you and your family, Nami. :)

  • Raymund January 2, 2014, 6:52 pm

    Looks very pretty!
    Happy New Year! May you have more success this year on your blog :)

  • Monet January 2, 2014, 7:58 pm

    Happy New Year, my friend! Now doesn’t this look gorgeous??!?!?! Thank you for sharing so many inspiring recipes with me this year.

  • Katerina January 3, 2014, 12:50 am

    I wish to you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year Nami! What a beautiful appetizer!

  • Aunt Clara January 3, 2014, 6:41 am

    Loving your new design, your blog gets better by the day.

  • Min January 3, 2014, 1:15 pm

    Such a pretty and inviting recipe! I love fish cake ;)
    Happy New Year, Nami! I’m so glad we connected and look forward to following your journey and building our friendship.

  • Mel January 3, 2014, 4:23 pm

    Hello Nami
    Hope it is not too late to wish you Happy New Year 2014! Hope this year brings more fulfilling and motivation to you as well as to Just One Cookbook!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. January 3, 2014, 9:06 pm

    Everything you make is so pretty, Nami!

  • Helene D'Souza January 5, 2014, 6:30 am

    kambako looks so very pretty, I bet I could get my husband to enjoy Japanese food with colored foods. Indians love colored food. ^.^ I wish I could try your fish treat right now Nami, it looks fantastic. Happy New Year to you guys!

  • Sissi January 5, 2014, 10:39 am

    What a pretty item it would be even on a European cocktail plate! I miss my potted shiso which died some time ago… Happy New Year, Nami! I’m looking forward to following your cooking – and not only!- adventures in this new year.

  • Monica January 5, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Happy New Year, Nami! I see fish cakes at the Japanese grocery market and love to eat it but never thought to present it this way. How special yet simple to put together. Thanks for sharing. All the best for a happy & healthy 2014!

  • GourmetGetaways January 5, 2014, 5:05 pm

    What a beautiful dish to add to aa bento box, it is so pretty!

  • Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine January 6, 2014, 10:00 am

    Looks like a tasty appetizer! Happy New Year!

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking January 6, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Elegant, romantic in a way and beautiful…I love fish cakes and your whole presentation is just stunning, Nami!

  • mjskit January 7, 2014, 7:20 pm

    Your sushi always blow me away Nami! Just absolutely beautiful!

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  • Asmita January 8, 2014, 6:57 am

    Happy New Year Nami!
    This looks awesome!

  • Shirley January 11, 2014, 4:48 pm

    Nami, this looks too beautiful to eat! Happy New Year!