Has the meals that you feed your family week after week gotten predictable? You can toss them a curve ball by trying one or all of these Japanese dishes! Japanese cooking is perfect for those who have a passion for fresh fish and vegetables and a little spice. There is a lot more to Japanese cuisine than most of us know, especially if you are wary of raw fish. There are lots of dishes that include cooked ingredients. 

If you want to give your meal a restaurant feel, try this 2 ingredient miso soup! It’s the perfect starter for any Japanese meal. Let’s explore some other options.

Sushi rolls


When thinking of Japanese food, you likely default to sushi. Sushi comes in many different forms and can commonly found in many high end grocery stores. If you’re wary of eating raw fish, there are many other vegetable options as well. The important thing is that the dishes are well seasoned and quite satisfying. Rice is a staple with sushi as well as seaweed wraps and eggs. It’s truly an amazingly delicious way to eat healthier.


Okonomiyaki is actually a style of pancake that is filled with a variety of ingredients. Fillings often include cabbage, meat, and a variety of seafood. Toppings include okonomiyaki sauce, aonori, katsuobushi, Japanese mayonnaise, and pickled ginger. This is a beautiful dish that is always a fan favorite.


Yakitori is a Japanese type of skewered chicken. The preparation is simply skewering chunks of chicken on a steel or bamboo skewer. Place the skewers are then grilled over charcoal or an open flame. Serve with your favorite sauces and, of course, a side of rice. The great smoky flavor of the chicken is very pleasant. This is a smaller dish that is often served as a starter or appetizer.


If you are a fan of FRIENDS, you probably know what this is already. Unagi is a freshwater eel and is a very popular dish in Japan. Unagi is high in protein, vitamin A, and calcium. It is often grilled and served on a bed of rice, cucumber with a sweet biscuit. Eel is poisonous if not cooked so care must be taken to be sure it is thoroughly cooked. 

Try a food adventure by adding Japanese food to your monthly dining.



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