Sanshoku Bento 三色弁当

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  • Artfully arranged with sweet ground chicken, salmon flakes, scrambled egg, and strawberries, this colorful Sanshoku Bento turns a simple school lunch or work lunch exciting.

    Sanshoku Bento, Three Color Bento in a wooden bento box.

    Sanshoku Bento is very similar to Soboro Bento which I had previously shared on Just One Cookbook.  The bento includes ground chicken seasoned with the slightly sweet soy sauce flavor, served on top of steamed rice with scrambled egg.  The only difference here is I have also included flaked salmon.  Because there are three colors, this bento is known as “Sanshosku (three-color)” Bento.

    On previous day, dinner was:  Sanshoku Donburi

    Sometimes I add one more color to enhance the looks of Soboro Don.  This time I defrosted and bake Japanese Salted Salmon from the freezer.  Once it’s cooled, I break up the salmon into flakes.  Now your third topping is ready.

    Soboro and Salmon on a table.

    Lunch Next Day:

    • Sanshoku Bento
    • Strawberries

    Whether your packing lunches for the kids, or for yourself, Sanshoku Bento is one of the easiest ideas for a wholesome, delicious bento menu.

    If you are new to packing lunches and interested in making bento-style lunch, check out my short video below on How To Make Bento.

    Watch How to Make Bento (お弁当の作り方)

    Here are some helpful tips and tools on how to make healthy and colorful Bento.

    Also, don’t miss the WORLDWIDE BENTO GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

    Sanshoku Bento in a wooden lunch box.

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    Sanshoku Bento (Three Color Bento) | Easy Japanese Recipes at
    Sanshoku Bento
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
    Artfully arranged with sweet ground chicken, salmon flakes, scrambled egg, and strawberries, this colorful Sanshoku Bento turns a simple school lunch or work lunch exciting.
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: bento box, lunch box
    Servings: 1 Bento
    Author: Nami
    1. Pack rice in 2/3 of bento box and put salmon flakes, scramble egg, and ground chicken on top of the rice. Sprinkle shredded nori.
    2. Add strawberries in 1/3 of the bento.
    3. Cool down completely before closing the bento box.
    Recipe Notes

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    You can buy a Magewappa Bento Box from this online store that ships internationally.

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

    Now It’s Time For Worldwide Bento Giveaway!

    Today I am partnering with Lunch-à-Porter to give away this amazing Bento Box Set!  This giveaway is worldwide, open for everyone!

    Bento Set Giveaway | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    There will be one (1) winner who will receive one (1) Bento Box Set shown in the picture.  The suggested retail price of this set is $76.

    To enter this giveaway, or to learn more about the details of these products, please click here.

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