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Cook Japanese Food Like a Pro! Easy Japanese Recipes to Bring the Flavors You Love Back Home!

Cook Japanese Food Like a Pro! Easy Japanese Recipes to Bring the Flavors You Love Back Home!

Date published: 20 December 2020

From laneway izakaya to Osaka street food, Japan’s endless gourmet adventure keeps travelers coming back for more!

While Japanese restaurants can be found in almost every nook of the world, most are never quite the same. Learning to cook Japanese food yourself using time-tested and authentic recipes is the best way to bring the flavors you love back home!

While this may seem daunting, there are a surprising amount of easy Japanese recipes that even amatuer cooks can master! Using our simple guides, you’ll be able to recreate your favorite dishes from Japan in no time!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. The Easy Japanese Dishes of Izakaya Nobu
  2. 2. Dinner in 30 Minutes! 4 Quick & Easy Japanese Recipes You Can Make at Home
  3. 3. Make Okonomiyaki at Home: Osaka Pro Chef Shares His Easy Recipe!
  4. 4. Japanese Rice Dishes - How to Make Your Favorite Rice Dishes Abroad!
  5. 5. Make Your Own ‘Kushikatsu,’ Osaka’s Deep-Fried Specialty!

1. The Easy Japanese Dishes of Izakaya Nobu

1. The Easy Japanese Dishes of Izakaya Nobu

The gourmet escapades of Izakaya Nobu became one of Japan’s biggest anime hits in 2018! To get the inside info on the show’s mouthwatering dishes, Live Japan hooked up with the chef behind the anime scenes.

Kindly presenting us with exclusive recipes for 13 of the anime’s most appetizing dishes, you can now bring the dynamic menu of Izakaya Nobu into your kitchen!

Some highlights include the oden daikon steak, mixed tempura, and Japanese BBQ skewers, all of which use ingredients easily found at international supermarkets worldwide!

2. Dinner in 30 Minutes! 4 Quick & Easy Japanese Recipes You Can Make at Home

2. Dinner in 30 Minutes! 4 Quick & Easy Japanese Recipes You Can Make at Home

Your favorite Japanese dishes are surprisingly simple! Along with a basic set of ingredients and utensils, just a few rudimentary tips and tricks is all it takes to bring the flavors of Japan into your kitchen. Best of all, many are easy on the wallet and only take around 30 minutes to finish!

One classic Japanese pick-me-up, often favored by travelers after long days of exploring, is beef gyudon! All you need to get started are eggs, beef, onion, and rice! After that, basic condiments like vinegar, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, and salt will get your dish tasting exactly like those midnight bowls you relished in Shinjuku! If you’re in a rush, but still want a taste of Japan, these 30-minute Japanese dishes will be sure to satisfy!

3. Make Okonomiyaki at Home: Osaka Pro Chef Shares His Easy Recipe!

3. Make Okonomiyaki at Home: Osaka Pro Chef Shares His Easy Recipe!

No trip to Osaka is complete without several rounds of okonomiyaki! Loosely translating as ‘fry it as you like,’ these savory pancakes are packed with ingredients you can arrange to suit your tastes. From juicy pork to tender squid, all topped off with that addictive rich okonomiyaki sauce, this dish encapsulates everything that makes Osaka’s cuisine culture so good!

We spoke to a professional Osakan chef to get the insider information on how to make authentic okonomiyaki at home. While the first time might be a bit of a challenge, it’ll be well worth it!

4. Japanese Rice Dishes - How to Make Your Favorite Rice Dishes Abroad!

4. Japanese Rice Dishes - How to Make Your Favorite Rice Dishes Abroad!

Rice - the staple of Japanese cuisine! This simple grain can be used as a springboard to create several beloved Japanese dishes, all of which use regular supermarket ingredients.

This includes katsudon, a bowl of fluffy white rice topped with divine fried pork cutlet, and chahan, the Japanese version of fried rice that brims with fresh vegetables! Rice has never been this exciting!

5. Make Your Own ‘Kushikatsu,’ Osaka’s Deep-Fried Specialty!

5. Make Your Own ‘Kushikatsu,’ Osaka’s Deep-Fried Specialty!

If you’re craving something a little more deep fried, Osaka’s own kushikatsu have been satisfying tired Japanese workers for generations! While a balanced diet is important, sometimes what we need is a hit of that deep fried goodness!

Kushikatsu are skewers of meat, seafood, or vegetables dipped in batter and fried in oil. These handy treats are perfect to eat on the go, and are heavenly when paired with a pint of beer! All it takes to bring this hassle-free street food into your home is just a few everyday ingredients and simple know-how! A popular platter sure to delight at parties, we asked an Osakan chef to give us the rundown on how to make genuine kushikatsu like the pros!

Next time you’re in the mood for Japanese food, close the delivery app and put on an apron! Our comprehensive, easy-to-understand Japanese recipes are guaranteed to have you cooking like a seasoned izakaya chef in no time!

Written by:

Steve Csorgo

Steve Csorgo

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Steve currently lives in Niigata City, two hours north-west of Tokyo. His passions include discovering local sake, dining at interesting restaurants and travelling as much of Japan as possible.

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