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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Miso-Glazed Cod

Rating: 3.5 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.

Ramen Noodle Upgrade

Rating: 3.5 stars 901
Store-bought noodles are the base for this quick, filling snack.

Japanese Cabbage Salad

Rating: 4 stars 45
Serve this fresh and simple salad with heavier Japanese fare, such as Tonkatsu, for a complete meal.

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.

Soba-Noodle Bowl with Tofu

Everyone will adore the combination of cold soba noodles, gingery asparagus, and luscious steamed tofu in this quick and easy dinner that's vegan to boot.

Sushi Dipping Sauce

Rating: 3 stars 21
Serve this with our Vegetable Sushi.

Inspiration and Ideas

Honey-Teriyaki Chicken
Rating: Unrated 57
Our Asian Cabbage Slaw makes a great side to this family-friendly dinner entree made with moist chicken thighs.
Miso Soup
The simplicity of miso soup belies its significance to Japanese cuisine, where it is a common course for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is ubiquitous on Japanese restaurant menus here in the United States, but miso soup is so uncomplicated to prepare that any home cook can make it. This recipe appears in our cookbook Martha Stewart's Cooking School.
Wasabi Mayonnaise for Sushi Cake
Rating: 3.5 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.