Japanese food is some of the healthiest in the world. While some of it is designed to be more comforting than healthy, on the whole, it is high in vegetables and seafood and low in fat. Japan has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, and that’s partly because of their good diet. Eating Japanese dishes can help you stay healthy, and it’s often super cheap too. Sushi might be a bit out of your skill range for now, but there are plenty of other dishes to try that are much easier. If you want to try your hand at some Japanese cuisine, have a go at the following recipes.
Miso soup is a hugely popular dish which makes both a great starter and a delicious main meal too. Miso is made by fermenting soybeans to create a thick paste. It might not sound that appetizing, but it’s a key ingredient in Japanese cooking. There are a few things you can put in miso soup, but tofu is one of the classic ingredients. Start by simmering some nori (seaweed) for a few minutes, while adding a little hot water to 3 tablespoons of miso. Add your miso to your water and nori, give it a stir, and then put in cubed tofu, and some chopped green onion and chard. Cook it for just another 5 minutes, and it’s ready to eat.
This simple dish features beef and onions cooked in sake and soy sauce, usually served with steamed rice. Start by thinly slicing onion and green onion and chopping beef loin into small pieces. Use dashi soup (made from water, kombu and bonito fish flakes) and mirin, a type of rice wine, along with sake and some sugar to get your ingredients going on a medium heat. Soften the onion in the liquid, then add the meat and simmer until cooked. Serve with steamed rice for a simple but delicious meal.
Teriyaki has to be one of the most popular Japanese flavors. It goes well with a lot of things, but salmon teriyaki is a particular favorite. If you want to make your own teriyaki sauce, it contains sake, mirin and soy sauce. But you can also just buy it if you’re feeling a little lazy. Heat some oil, season your salmon with salt, and cook it skin-side down until the skin is crisp. Then turn it over and cook for a further two minutes or so. Remove your fish, pour off the fat, then add your sauce and reduce it. Put the salmon back in and baste with the sauce until the fish is cooked through.
Drinks to Pair with Your Meal
Don’t forget something suitably Japanese to drink with your meal. If you want something alcoholic, some sites review Kikori Japanese whiskey so you can find out if it’s for you. Or you could stick with a traditional sake. Non-alcoholic drinks are available too, from matcha tea to Ramune, a popular lemonade drink.
The simplicity of many Japanese recipes means they’re often very easy to make. If you want to try making Japanese cuisine, you can get started in no time.