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

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.

Egg-and-Miso Breakfast Soup

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

Japanese Fried Rice

The seductively savory combination of soy sauce, sake, butter, and garlic seasons this chicken-and-egg fried rice. It's a complete meal that the whole family will devour. Day-old rice works best in this recipe, so plan ahead.

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 45
Serve this fresh and simple salad with heavier Japanese fare, such as Tonkatsu, for a complete meal.

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.

Ramen Noodle Upgrade

Rating: 3.57 stars 901
Store-bought noodles are the base for this quick, filling snack.

Miso-Glazed Cod

Rating: 3.57 stars 115
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.

Miso Soup with Tofu and Kale

Kale, ginger, garlic, and soybeans, in the form of miso and tofu, combine to lend flavor and nutrients to a delicate soup.

Sushi Dipping Sauce

Rating: 3.24 stars 21
Serve this with our Vegetable Sushi.

Beef and Asparagus Negimaki

Rating: 3.1 stars 106
This Japanese appetizer makes a great bite-size hors d'oeuvre for parties.

Wasabi Mayonnaise for Sushi Cake

Rating: 3.31 stars 42
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

Nobu's Eggplant with Miso
Rating: Unrated 23
A savory-sweet miso sauce (which you'll also find on Nobu's black cod) is spread on fried halved Japanese eggplants, then broiled to golden perfection.
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.
Nobu's Scrambled Eggs Donburi
Rating: 4.8 stars

Nobu drew from elements of a traditional Japanese breakfast for this donburi (rice bowl). Partially cooked salmon (Nobu is known for the technique) is flaked and seasoned with soy sauce, and eggs are scrambled soft with minced white onion, tomato juice, and sake. To serve, line the bowl with rice; then layer with the salmon, toasted nori, eggs, and then a garnish of toasted sesame seeds. (Nobu suggests a dollop of caviar or salmon roe.)