Easy Japanese Recipes


How To Cook Rice 美味しいご飯の炊き方

How To Cook Rice | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Do you use a rice cooker to make rice or do you cook rice the traditional way in a pot?  Today let’s get back to basics and I’m going to show you how to cook Japanese short grain rice on the stove as I’ve received a lot of requests from readers for this recipe.

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Chestnut Rice (Kurigohan) 栗ご飯

Chestnut Rice (Kurigohan) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Every fall I am thankful for all the new crops the farmers harvest.  Rice, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, mushroom, chestnuts just to name a few… The fall season provides abundant food to enjoy and this Japanese Chestnut Rice (Kurigohan 栗ご飯) is a perfect dish to appreciate this season.

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Braised Herb Chicken with Shio Koji

Braised Herb Chicken with Shio Koji | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

My family loves Braised Herb Chicken, soft tender chicken slow simmered in a white wine and herb infused sauce.  I get hungry simply thinking about it.  It’s a recipe that I’ve been cooking for many years.  However, I made one change to this staple dish of ours this year, and the result was beyond amazing!  What did I do?  I simply replaced salt with Shio Koji.

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Yellowtail Roll (Negihama Maki) ネギハマ巻き

Yellowtail Roll (Negihama Maki) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

We had some yellowtail sashimi the other day so I made Yellowtail Roll as appetizer.

Unlike other kinds of sushi roll, this thin roll (we call it Hosomaki 細巻き) is really easy to make.  Plus, these are not inside-out rolls (裏巻き) which require a bit more practice, so it’s perfect if you are trying to make sushi for the first time.

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Octopus Carpaccio たこのカルパッチョ

Octopus Carpaccio | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com This Octopus Carpaccio (tako carpaccio) is a delicious appetizer with thinly sliced octopus.  If you never had octopus and want to try it for the first time, I highly recommend this dish!  With a light lemon dressing, this octopus carpaccio is very flavorful yet delicate on the palate.

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Lost and Found

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When I talk to my mommy friends or my children’s classmates’ moms, it seems like our discussion often focuses on which activities our children should participate in to stand out. Maybe it’s because we live in the bay area and the ultra competitive environment creates this behavior.

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Tempura Bento 天ぷら弁当

Tempura Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Eating tempura at home is a treat in our house.  Since deep frying requires my full attention and I cannot help my children with their activities during this time, we only get to eat tempura on special occasion.

When I do make tempura for dinner, my children gets so excited and requests Tempura Bento for their lunch the next day.

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Crispy Baked Chicken 揚げないチキンカツ

Crispy Baked Chicken (Chicken Katsu) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Japanese food are typically pretty healthy but we love deep fried food.  If you are comfortable with deep frying, popular Japanese dishes like Chicken Katsu and Tonkatsu are easy to make at home.  However, most people prefer eating these dishes at restaurants because of the mess and cleanup required after deep frying food.

If you can relate to this, then today’s recipe is for you.  This Crispy Baked Chicken (non-fried Chicken Katsu) recipe is super easy and much healthier option too as it’s oven baked.

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Pay it Forward, and Change Someone’s Life

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