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 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.

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.

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.

Egg-and-Miso Breakfast Soup

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

Japanese Cabbage Salad

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

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.

Ramen Noodle Upgrade

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

Sesame-Ginger Sauce

This quick sauce does an excellent job of tying the components of this pork chop dinner together. It's also excellent over mixed greens, or tossed with cold noodles.

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.

Sushi Dipping Sauce

Rating: 3.24 stars
Serve this with our Vegetable Sushi.

Nobu's Eggplant with Miso

Rating: 3.96 stars
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 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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Wasabi Mayonnaise for Sushi Cake
Rating: Unrated
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.
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.

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.