Make Ahead

Browse our best make-ahead recipes. Save time in the kitchen by making a big batch for the freezer or preparing the night before your party. Try our readers’ favorites: All-Purpose Miso Sauce, Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork, Japanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, and Bulgogi Onigirazu.

A Japanese plate containing steamed rice and Japanese beef curry garnished with pickles.
A Japanese plate containing steamed rice and Japanese beef curry garnished with pickles.

Japanese Beef Curry (Video) ビーフカレー

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Savory and hearty beef curry made with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushroom, and Japanese curry...
Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) on a plate.

Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) (Video) おにぎり

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Stuffed with a variety of fillings and flavors, Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) make an...
A mason jar containing Homemade Mentsuyu (Tsuyu) / Japanese Soup Base for Noodles.

Homemade Mentsuyu (Noodle Soup Base) めんつゆ

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Homemade Mentsuyu recipe with sake, mirin, soy sauce, and katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes). Mentsuyu...
Weck jars containing fresh kimchi.

Quick Korean Fresh Kimchi 即席キムチ

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Make this quick and easy Korean Fresh Kimchi recipe that's meant to be eaten...
A white plate containing Japanese salted salmon (Shiozake), tamagoyaki, and spinach salad.

Japanese Salted Salmon (Shiozake) 塩鮭

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Homemade Japanese salted salmon (塩鮭) with crispy salmon skin, garnish with lemon. Typically served...
Simmered shrimp on the green plate.

Simmered Shrimp えびのうま煮

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Simply simmered in dashi soy sauce and soaked overnight, this beautiful shrimp adds a...
A black and gold lacquered bowl containing Japanese New Year Soup Ozoni.

Ozoni (Japanese New Year Mochi Soup) – Kanto Style お雑煮

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Kanto Style (Eastern Japan) Ozoni recipe is typically made of clear dashi broth, toasted...
A green plate containing Datemaki, Japanese sweet rolled omelette, enjoyed during the New Years.

Datemaki (Japanese Sweet Rolled Omelette) (Video) 伊達巻

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Baked in the oven and rolled into a cylinder, Datemaki or sweet rolled omelette...
Japanese New Year dish Kuri Kinton is served in the lacquer bowl.

Kuri Kinton (Candied Chestnuts and Sweet Potatoes) 栗きんとん

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Kuri Kinton (Candied Chestnuts and Sweet Potatoes) is a special Japanese New Year dish...
White flower-shaped ceramic containing candied sardines (tazukuri)

Tazukuri (Candied Sardines) (Video) 田作り

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Toasted baby sardines and sesame seeds coated in a sweet honey soy sauce glaze....
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