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★ Interested in Learning How to Make a Basic Japanese Meal?
If you have never cooked Japanese food before or still new to the cuisine, you’re at the right place!
There are a lot of recipes to explore, but let’s start from the basic.
For a typical Japanese meal, we serve steamed rice, miso soup, pickled vegetable, main dish, and 1-2 side dishes. This style is called Ichiju Sansai.
I will show you the steps in preparing a very basic Japanese meal at home. Are you ready? Let’s’ jump in.
Step 1: Get Essential Japanese Ingredients
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You can also browse my pantry page to learn more.
Step 2: Make Perfect Steamed Rice
Choose your cooking equipment to make perfect rice:
Step 3: Make Dashi (Japanese Soup Stock)
Whenever we serve rice, we always serve it with miso soup. Miso soup is made of dashi (Japanese soup stock) and miso (fermented soybean paste), both of which are included in the 6 essential Japanese condiments.
To make miso soup, let’s make dashi first. If you want to learn more about dashi, click here.
Here are a few ways to make Dashi:
- Dashi Powder (easy and quick, but not so good)
- Dashi Packet (easy, quick, and decent taste)
- Dashi from Scratch (take 20 minutes, excellent taste)
- Vegan Dashi (just kombu)
Step 4: Make Miso Soup
Now that you’ve made dashi, you are ready to make miso soup.
- Basic Miso Soup (with video)
- Vegan Miso Soup
- Tonjiru (Pork & Vegetable Miso Soup) (with video)
- Kenchinjiru (Vegetable Miso Soup)
Step 5: Make Main Dish
Today, for a basic Japanese meal, let’s prepare an easy teriyaki dish with a few of the 6 condiments you already purchased. Want to make different dishes? Browse our Main Dish category for inspiration.
Step 6: Make 1-2 Side Dishes
Side dishes should be vegetables-focused. For a beginner, I recommend preparing one non-cooked dish (like salad) and one cooked dish (like simmered dish).
If you’re not sure where to begin, here are my recommendations.
- Spinach Salad with Sesame Dressing (Gomaae) (with video)
- Broccoli Blanch with Sesame Oil
- 4 Easy Soy Sauce Pickle (with video)
- Quick and Easy Tamagoyaki (Rolled Omelette)
Step 7: Serve!
This is just a quick guide on how to make a simple Japanese meal. Hope you enjoy browsing and cooking from our recipe collection.
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