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 round plate containing Japanese pan-fried dumplings, Napa Cabbage Gyoza, served with a savory miso dumpling sauce.
A round plate containing Japanese pan-fried dumplings, Napa Cabbage Gyoza, served with a savory miso dumpling sauce.

Napa Cabbage Gyoza 白菜の餃子

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Try mild and sweet napa cabbage in the filling of your Japanese pan-fried dumplings...
A white oval plate containing two Hanami Dango, served with matcha green tea.

Hanami Dango 三色花見団子

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Hanami Dango is enjoyed during cherry blossom viewing in Japan. Three-color rice balls (sanshoku...
Perfectly cooked Japanese short-grain rice being fluffed with a rice paddle.

How to Cook Japanese Rice in a Pot on the Stove (Video)

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No rice cooker? No problem! Learn how to cook a pot of Japanese white...
A black bowl containing Namasu (Japanese Daikon and Carrot Salad).

Namasu (Daikon and Carrot Salad) 紅白なます

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Namasu is a carrot and daikon radish salad that’s lightly pickled in sweetened vinegar...
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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Datemaki is a Japanese sweet rolled omelette of eggs, fish cake, and honey that's...
A white and red Japanese bowl containing Kuromame, sweet black soybeans, topped with gold leaf for the Japanese new year's celebration.

Kuromame (Sweet Black Soybeans) 黒豆

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Sweet and savory Kuromame (Sweet Black Soybeans) are served as a part of Osechi...
A Japanese ceramic bowl containing simmered chicken and vegetables.

Chikuzenni (Nishime) – Simmered Chicken and Vegetables 筑前煮

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Chikuzenni or Nishime is a classic Japanese dish of simmered root vegetables and chicken...
A ceramic bowl containing homemade Furikake Chex Mix.

Furikake Chex Mix (Video)

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Make this Hawaiian favorite, Furikake Chex Mix, for a holiday gift exchange, movie/game night,...
A large plate containing Chocolate Gateau (Chocolate Cake) dusted with powdered sugar and decorated with whipped cream and strawberries.

Chocolate Gateau (Chocolate Cake) ガトーショコラ

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Moist and rich Chocolate Gateau recipe adorned with strawberries and fresh whipped cream is...
A Le Creuset pot containing Mille-Feuille Nabe, which is a hot pot dish with layers of pork belly slices and napa cabbage slices in a dashi broth.

Mille-Feuille Nabe ミルフィーユ鍋

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Enjoy my recipe for Japanese Mille-Feuille Nabe with "a thousand layers“ of napa cabbage...
A glass bowl containing cubed Hojicha Jelly drizzled with sweetened condensed milk.

Hojicha Jelly ほうじ茶ゼリー

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Hojicha Jelly is a light and refreshing Japanese dessert of chilled cubes of roasted...
Japanese spinach salad dressed in sesame sauce served in a bowl

Japanese Spinach Salad with Sesame Dressing (Gomaae) (Video) 胡麻和え

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Japanese Spinach Salad with Sesame Dressing (Gomaae) is a nutty, rich, and refreshing side...
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