Easy Japanese Recipes


Niratama Donburi ニラ玉丼ぶり

Egg with Chives Over Rice (Niratama Donburi) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Mondays are short days for my children.  I go pick them up at 12:30 pm and come straight home.  While they are changing out of their school uniforms, I usually make some quick lunch for us if we don’t have any leftover from previous night’s dinner.  For a while their favorite was this quick dish called Niratama Donburi (ニラ玉丼ぶり), or Egg with Garlic Chives Over Rice.

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Grilled Mackerel with Shio Koji | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Like many of you, I want to try to eat better this year and also cook healthier meals for my family.  Instead of red meat, we start to eat more fish since it has less saturated fat and cholesterol.  One of our favorite fish is Grilled Mackerel.  It is extremely easy to make and only seasoning that I used was shio koji (塩麴).

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Albacore Tuna Bowl びんちょう鮪の漬け丼

Albacore Tuna Bowl | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Did you know troll- or pole- caught pacific albacore tuna (びんちょうマグロ) is considered sustainable and environmentally friendly (read more)?  And it is really delicious too!  There is a misconception about albacore tuna’s quality because it is used in canned tuna.  However, albacore tuna is actually really delicious with a mild flavor and soft texture when served as sashimi or sushi.

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The New Year and Pay It Forward #AJO

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Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.  Let’s start the year of 2014 with positive thoughts and energy.

For me, one of the sweetest moments in life is when someone does something for you out of the sincerity of their heart, regardless it’s a big or small gesture.  It could be a stranger letting you skip ahead while waiting line, or a stranger sitting next to you on the plane offering to pay for your movie on the flight (which happened to me on my back from my NY trip).

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Kamaboko with Salmon Roe 蒲鉾いくらのせ

Kamaboko with Salmon Roe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Whether you need just one more dish for your lacquered jubako (square bento box) to complete osechi ryori (new year foods), or want a quick hors d’oeuvre before serving the main dish, this Kamaboko with Salmon Roe will definitely surprise your guests with its pretty look as well as the light and flavorful combination of fish cake, shiso, and salmon roe.

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Datemaki (Sweet Rolled Omelette) 伊達巻

Datemaki (Sweet Rolled Omelette) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Datemaki (伊達巻) is a sweet rolled omelette and a popular Japanese New Year’s foods (osechi ryori, 御節料理), typically served in a lacquered jubako (special square boxes similar to lunch box).  This dish is by far my favorite dish among the new year foods and I look forward to eating it every year.

Although pre-made datemaki is readily available during this time of the year in Japanese supermarkets, it is easy to make and I hope you try making this dish from scratch.

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Namasu (Daikon and Carrot Salad) 紅白なます

Namasu (Daikon and Carrot Salad) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Merry Christmas! Tomorrow is Christmas Eve in the U.S.  I wish you are having a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family and I’d like to send you my warmest greetings to you and loved ones.

Namasu (紅白なます) is a daikon and carrot salad lightly pickled in sweetened vinegar.  This dish was introduced to Japan from China around 700s (Nara period) and it is especially enjoyed during the New Years in Japan.  Red and white are considered celebratory colors in Japan and these colors are often used in many traditional ceremonies.

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Tazukuri (Candied Sardines) 田作り

Tazukuri (Candied Sardine) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I feel a bit odd to post recipes for Japanese New Year foods, Osechi Ryori (おせち料理), even before Christmas has arrived.  These two holidays are really close to each other so I hope you don’t mind me starting to share the osechi ryori recipes early because I have prepared several dishes this year.

New Year (お正月, oshogatsu) is the most important and biggest holiday in Japan and I hope you enjoy the traditional Japanese new year dishes as we do.  The first recipe I’d like to s hare for 2014 osechi ryori series is Tazukuri.

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Sanshoku Bento 三色弁当

Sanshoku Bento (Three Color Bento) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com 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.

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

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Yakisoba with Shio Koji 塩焼きそば

Yakisoba with Shio Koji | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Yakisoba (焼きそば) is a popular Japanese stir fried noodle dish; similar to chow mein.  The noodles are much thinner than the Chinese version and it’s seasoned with Worcestershire-like sauce instead of soy sauce.

Recently, a college friend in Japan shared a picture of her bento on Facebook and I was really intrigued because it was Yakisoba seasoned with shio koji.  I knew this would be fun and tasty to try!

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Green Tea Latte 抹茶ラテ

Green Tea Latte | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

One of my guilty pleasures was to swing by Starbucks in the afternoon to get their Green Tea Latte (with just one pump of syrup!) before picking up my kids.  Usually by the afternoon, I’ve already had a few cups of coffee/tea/chai and I need something little sweet for my afternoon pick-me-up and green tea latte is just perfect.

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Just One Cookbook eBook – Essential Japanese Recipes

After working hard for the past several months, I’m extremely happy to announce that my first eBook, Just One Cookbook – Essential Japanese Recipes is here!

Just One Cookbook eCookbook - Essential Japanese Recipes | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

After all, Just One Cookbook is no longer one cookbook! :)

During the past 3 years of blogging, I’ve received many interests and inquires for my cookbook from JOC readers.  My reply has always been, “No, I do not have published cookbooks, just the blog to keep all the recipes I love.”

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