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New to Japanese cooking? This is the place to start!
Everything from kitchen basics, cooking techniques, how-to’s, and authentic Japanese recipes – with detailed instructions, step-by-step pictures, and a video tutorial. My focus is to share with you the real flavors of Japanese cuisine to help you along on your Japanese cooking journey at home.
Follow along on JustOneCookbook.com or my YouTube channel, and you’ll be ready to dive into Japanese cooking in no time. Itadakimasu! いただきます！
How to Build a Basic Japanese Pantry?
On your first to-do list — let’s learn about the most basic Japanese essential ingredients and start to build your own Japanese pantry.
Essential Japanese Condiments:
- Ponzu (or homemade)
- Tonkatsu sauce (or homemade)
- Japanese mayonnaise (or homemade)
- Mentsuyu (soup base for noodle) (or homemade)
Essential Japanese Ingredients:
- For dashi (Japanese stock), you can use dashi packet or dashi powder for a quick recipe. For homemade version (highly recommend), get katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) and kombu (edible kelp).
- Serve Japanese food with Japanese short grain rice.
- The most commonly used meat in Japanese food is thinly sliced meat (beef or pork), chicken thigh and breast, and ground meat (beef/chicken/pork) instead of big chunks of meat. If you can’t find thinly sliced meat, here’s how to slice the meat paper thin.
- For your first homemade miso soup, add tofu or deep-fried tofu pouch (aburaage) besides chopped green onion.
- First time buying seaweed? Get nori for sushi, wakame for miso soup, and wakame or hijiki for salad.
- For extra crisp deep-fried food, get panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) for katsu (Japanese cutlet), potato starch for karaage (Japanese fried chicken), and tempura butter mix for tempura.
- To make Japanese curry, you’ll need Japanese Curry Roux (you can also make homemade) and fukujinzuke (pickled daikon).
- For noodle lovers, try different Japanese noodles, starting ramen, soba (buckwheat), somen, udon, and yakisoba.
- Homemade dumplings are the best! You’ll need gyoza, shumai, or wonton wrappers. You can find them in the freezer section of the grocery stores.
You can also browse my pantry page to learn more.
Where to Find Japanese Ingredients?
You will find most of these ingredients from your local Japanese or Asian grocery stores. Some major grocery stores are also carrying some of the ingredients.
You can also check the list for Local Japanese Grocery Stores Around the World provided by local JOC readers.
Alternatively, visit our SHOP page for easy online shopping with just a click away!
Basic Japanese Kitchen & Cooking Tools
If you’re ready to invest in your Japanese cooking experience now, here is a list of our basic tools and some ‘nice-to-haves’.
- 5 Essential Must-Have Japanese Kitchen Tools
- Rice cooker
- Fry pan(s) with lid
- Medium pot and large pot
- Wok or a large pan or griddle pan
- Sushi making kit for making sushi
- Donabe (Japanese earthenware pot) and portable butane stove for making hot pot
For our complete kitchen recommendations, including brands and models that I use, visit our SHOP page for easy online shopping with just a click away!
Japanese Cooking Basics
Check out the resources below for cooking fundamentals:
- How to Make Steamed Rice with Rice Cooker
- How to Make Sushi Rice
- How to Store Cooked Rice on the Stove
- How to Make Dashi (Japanese stock)
- How to Make Bento Lunch Box
You can also browse my how to page to learn more.
Easy Japanese Recipes for Beginners
Home cooked meals are always much better than restaurants and take-outs! They are fresher and healthier for you and your family.
Below are just some of the popular Japanese recipes you can easily make at home:
- Chicken Teriyaki
- Teriyaki Sauce
- Baked Tonkatsu
- Homemade Miso Soup
- Oyakodon (Chicken & Egg Bowl) & Gyudon (Beef Bowl)
- Japanese Chicken Curry
- Soba Noodle Salad
- Dragon Roll
- Agedashi Tofu
- Gyoza (Japanese Potstickers)
- Yakisoba (Fried Noodles)
- Carrot Ginger Dressing
Here are some favorite recipes that you want to bookmark and start cooking:
- 15 Easy Japanese Salad Recipes
- Weeknight Meal Ideas: 15 Easy Japanese Recipes
- 12 Easy & Healthy Japanese Recipes
- 15 Back-to-School Easy Bento Box Ideas & Recipes
- 12 Donburi (Japanese Rice Bowls) Recipes
- Top 12 JOC Recipes of 2017
- 15 Gluten-Free Japanese recipes
- Vegetarian Recipes
- A Guide to Host a Sushi Party
Ready to venture out? Use our Recipe Index and start browsing.
Other Fun Stuff You Can Find on the Site
Beyond recipes and cooking resources, you can also find many interesting Japanese topics such as travel guide to Japan, best Japanese restaurants in the world, cultural, lifestyle and more on the site.
- Travel Guide to Japan
- Washoku 101 & All Things Japanese (culture, movies, books and more)
- Best Local Japanese Restaurants
- Camera Gears for photography and videography
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