If you’ve been craving Japanese food lately, why not try making some yourself? Japanese cuisine is based on several staple ingredients, with white rice, seafood, and savory meat combinations comprising much of the fare. The food is delicious, filling, and precise — a beautiful tribute to the traditions and culture of this island nation.
The preparation of Japanese food may seem intimidating, but serving up some of your favorite flavors at home might be easier than you think. Follow these six recipes to recreate your favorite Japanese dishes in your own kitchen.
1. Miso Soup
Miso soup is a must for those who wish to emulate the authentic Japanese experience. This recipe from the Minimalist Baker is a quick and hot miso recipe great for kicking off a world-class meal. The recipe yields 2 servings and takes about 15 minutes to complete.
- 4 cups water
- ½ cup chopped green chard or other sturdy green
- ½ cup chopped green onion
- ¼ cup firm tofu, cubed
- 3 to 4 tablespoons white miso paste (fermented soy bean paste), with or without bonito
- 1 sheet (¼ cup) nori (dried seaweed), cut into large rectangles (optional)
Directions: Place water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a low simmer. Add nori and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. In the meantime, place 3 tablespoons of miso into a small bowl, add a little hot water, and whisk until smooth; add to soup and stir (this will ensure it doesn’t clump). Add remaining ingredients to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes or so. Taste and add more miso or a pinch of sea salt if desired. Serve warm.