How to Make Kamaboko Peacock (Kujaku 孔雀)

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  • Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Peacock 5

    Peacock design is probably my favorite of all designs for decorating kamaboko.  The red skin of the kamaboko fish cake makes a perfect peacock’s eyespot, and the result is stunning. 

    Watch How to Make Kamaboko Peacock

    Two Japanese fish cakes (Kamaboko), seven beautiful designs! Make ordinary fish cake into decorative designs on this Oshogatu (Japanese New Year)!


    Step 1: Remove kamaboko from the wooden board.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting Prep 1

    Step 2: Slice off the uneven edge on both ends.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting Prep 2

    Step 3: Cut red-skin kamaboko into 1/4-inch (6 mm) slice.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting Prep 4

    Step 4: Place a chopstick along the bottom side of the kamaboko and start making thin slits (2-3 mm) from right to left.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Peacock 1

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Peacock 2

    Step 5: Using a pair of chopsticks, gently roll up the slit, all the way from the bottom to the top. Now you have an impressive Kamaboko Peacock (Kujaku 孔雀) to adorn your New Year’s platter that symbolizes compassion and good health. 

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Peacock 3

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Peacock 4

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    To learn about other beautiful designs of kamaboko (Japanese fish cake), click here.

    7 kinds of Decorative Kamaboko (Fish Cake) on a Japanese lacquer plate.

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