Japanese-Inspired Recipes

Besides traditional sushi, find here other delicious Japanese-inspired recipes such as fried rice, miso soup, ramen, and a variety of eggplant, tofu and noodle recipes.

Staff Picks

Japanese Milk Bread (Shokupan)

This pillowy soft, subtly sweet sandwich bread is a beloved breakfast staple in Japan and is typically eaten sliced very thick, lightly toasted, and served with accompaniments like butter and jam.

Baked Salmon Sushi

There's no raw fish in these easy sushi rolls—just succulent, perfectly cooked salmon and plenty of fresh vegetables. For our food editor's tips on how to roll like a pro, see How to Make Sushi at Home.

Miso Soup with Tofu, Spinach, and Carrots

In ancient China, the soybean was considered to be one of five sacred grains, along with barley, millet, rice, and wheat. Here, in the form of tofu, the soybean shines with a little help from miso, spinach, carrots, and scallions.

Egg-and-Miso Breakfast Soup

A scramble doesn't have anything on our new favorite way to eat eggs. Soup for breakfast? Indeed!

Avocado Sushi

Team creamy avocado with your favorite crunchy vegetables -- we used julienned cucumbers and carrots -- in these DIY sushi rolls. For our food editor's tips on how to roll like a pro, see How to Make Sushi at Home.

Japanese Cabbage Salad

Rating: 3.87 stars
Serve this fresh and simple salad with heavier Japanese fare, such as Tonkatsu, for a complete meal.

Ramen Noodle Upgrade

Rating: 3.57 stars
Store-bought noodles are the base for this quick, filling snack.

Miso-Glazed Cod

Rating: 3.57 stars
Miso is a fermented soybean paste. The lighter, or "white," version is milder and less salty than brown miso, and is sometimes referred to as sweet miso. It can be found in the Asian section of some supermarkets and most health-food stores.

Japanese Marinade

Besides chicken and fish, this marinade is good with steak, tofu, or vegetables. In place of the vinegar and sugar, try mirin, Japanese cooking wine.

Udon Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms in Ginger Broth

Rating: 3.52 stars
This recipe will serve four as a first course or light lunch. To serve the noodles as a meal, add a few cups of diced firm tofu or cooked chicken breast to the simmering broth in step 3.

Wasabi Mayonnaise for Sushi Cake

Wasabi, also known as Japanese horseradish, is a traditional condiment for sushi and sashimi, and the optimal topper to our Sushi Cake. This pungent mayonnaise can be made up to one day ahead.

Inspiration and Ideas

Honey-Teriyaki Chicken

Rating: Unrated
Our Asian Cabbage Slaw makes a great side to this family-friendly dinner entree made with moist chicken thighs.

Gingery Tofu Ramen Bowls

What is more satisfying than a big bowl of ramen noodles? This vegetarian bowl is packed with crispy tofu that brings both protein and flavor to the table after it's crisped and coating in a tamari-maple sauce. The same tamari mixture is then blended with creamy nut butter of your choice to create a silky sauce that coats the noodles. 

Nobu Ceviche Dressing

This wonderful Nobu ceviche dressing recipe is part of the Bay Scallop and Tomato Ceviche with Key Lime dish, and is courtesy of Nobu Matsuhisa and Thomas Buckley. It can be found in their cookbook, "Nobu Miami: The Party Cookbook." Photograph by Masashi Kuma.