Use of this website is subject to mandatory arbitration and other terms and conditions, select this link to read those agreements.

How to Make Kamaboko Pine Tree (Matsu 松)

  • Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Matsu 6

    This kamaboko design is the traditional Japanese pine tree pattern. It is slightly complicated to make, but the final result makes it truly special and unique. Before you give this design a try, I recommend watching the video to grasp a better visual of the process.

    Watch How to Make Kamaboko Pine Tree

    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 the kamaboko flat on the work surface. Make thin slits (2-3 mm) half way through to the center, from top to bottom of the kamaboko.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Matsu 1

    Step 5: Turn 90 degrees and make thin slits from the edge to center, leaving 1/10 inch (2.5 mm) on the bottom and center of kamaboko.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Matsu 2

    Step 6: Using a pair of chopsticks, gently roll up the slits, all the way from the bottom to the top of the kamaboko.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Matsu 3

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Matsu 4

    Step 7: Continue roll up the slits. And here you have a Kamaboko Pine Tree (Matsu 松) that symbolizes long life and good fortune.

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Matsu 5

    Decorative Kamaboko Cutting - Matsu 6

    line 1024x29

    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.

    Just One Cookbook is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This post may contain affiliate sales links, please see privacy policy for details.

    You Might Also Like...

  • Just One Cookbook Essential Japanese Recipes

    Love Our Recipes?

    Leave A Comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    What type of comment do you have?


  • Cassandra wrote:
    • Nami wrote:
  • Gyoza served on a plate.
    Just One Cookbook logo
    Just One Cookbook logo

    free email series

    5 Secrets to Japanese Cooking

    Making flavorful Japanese food is

    EASIER than you think.

    You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.