Going out to eat is fun, but sometimes, all we want to do is stay in and whip up a meal like a true chef. However, creating chef-level dishes might not be everyone’s forte.
Luckily, we live in an era where food bloggers and social media chefs churn out tasty recipes daily. So, if you’d like to brush up on your cooking skills and feast on some fab home-cooked Japanese food, here are six easy peasy under-30-minute Japanese recipes to try at home.
Pro tip: Use convenient Japanese instant rice in these recipes to cut the cooking time down in half. You’re welcome.
Put a sandwich and a rice ball together and you’ll have an Onigirazu, a Japanese rice sandwich. In a nutshell, it’s a semi-flat rice ball that’s wrapped in crispy seaweed and stuffed with umami fillings of your choice.
Here’s how you can whip up a fluffy rice sandwich:
And you’re done. This rice sandwich comes in handy for when you need to bring some easy, mess-free lunch to work.
Any protein works with this recipe, including flaky salmon, tuna and even tofu. For a speedy prep process that still retains its authenticity, opt for microwavable Japanese rice.
Time needed: 10 minutes.
This salmon mayo rice recipe hit 80 million views in just a week after it was posted on TikTok. So we figured you’d probably want to get in on it.
Here are four simple steps to get this party started:
That’s it – you’ve got yourself a healthy and tasty bowl of Japanese salmon rice using all the ingredients you probably already have at home. This recipe works wonders if you’re trying to clear out your fridge.
Sizzling tip: use kewpie or mentaiko mayo and Japanese rice to get that explosive burst of flavours.
Time needed: 15 minutes
It’s not just rice and egg. Omurice – a comforting Japanese fusion dish is a heavenly combination of ketchup fried rice wrapped in a thin and moist sheet of omelette. And it hits all the spots.
Image credit: @japaoindoor
Make this at home by following these four easy steps:
For a healthy version of this, load it up with some veggies like peas and carrots.
Time needed: 20 minutes
Japanese soupy dishes don’t just stop at ramen and shabu shabu. There’s also Zosui – a hearty rice soup that’s perfect for any day of the week.
To make Zosui, you’ll need a few ingredients like dashi broth, vegetables, chicken, egg and rice. But don’t let this list intimidate you. The actual cooking process takes less than 15 minutes. Here’s what you need to do:
The trick here is to use instant rice so you don’t have to wait for the rice to be cooked.
If you’re a vegetarian, ditch the chicken and go for some tofu and mushrooms. Other things you can add include shredded nori seaweed and even soy milk.
Time needed: 15 minutes
Although we don’t know whether the chicken or egg comes first, we know for sure that together, they make an amazing Oyakodon – the classic Japanese chicken and egg rice bowl.
This staple Japanese dish is surprisingly easy to make with ingredients in your pantry.
That’s it – You’ve got a piping hot bowl of Oyakodon.
Time needed: 15 minutes
This Pepper Lunch-inspired beef pepper rice recipe is so easy, it’ll make you question all the money and time you spend eating out at various food courts.
The key ingredient to a mouth-watering beef pepper rice skillet is the sauce. Below are five quick steps for a killer sauce and a tasty meal:
Use a hotpot if there’s no skillet. Meat wise, we prefer fatty beef with a good amount of marbling. Thinly sliced beef like sukiyaki or shabu shabu beef works best for this recipe. Similarly, we’d use instant rice because ain’t nobody got time to cook rice from scratch.
Time needed: 10 minutes
Cook up a Japanese feast without sweating for hours in the kitchen by trying out these easy and speedy recipes. Plus, reduce the cooking time by skipping the rice-cooking step and using instant Japanese rice.
When it comes to rice, we can put our trust in the Japanese – who seem to kill it at every rice dish they do. Japanese rice belongs to the short-grain category and tends to be more glutinous because of its high starch content. It also has a sweeter taste and richer aroma than other rice.
If you’re also a Japanese rice enthusiast, stock your pantry up with Zen-Noh’s packed rice.
While Miyagi Hitomebore white rice is semi-sticky, soft and sweet, Miyagi Kin no Ibuki brown rice is chewy, nutritious and with a crunchy texture. Another must-try product within Zen-Noh’s range of instant rice is JA Nokyo Gohan – a light and additive-free type of Japanese rice that can be ready in the microwave in just two minutes.
Instead of steaming in a tray like regular instant rice, Zen-Noh’s packed rice was cooked over direct fire – a traditional method that yields the fluffiest rice. Once cooked, they were then mixed using a spatula to ensure all excess water was released. The end result – long-lasting shiny and moist rice.
All three types of rice work well with your everyday meals, from Japanese curry to donburi. However, if you’re thinking of whipping up some sushi or hand rolls, go for either Hitomebore or JA Nokyo Gohan white rice.
Zen-Noh’s quality packed rice is freshly cooked and packed with nitrogen gas instead of air. This trick helps to extend the rice’s shelf life and also retain its quality and taste. They’re quick, easy and portable – perfect for your upcoming WFO days.
This post was brought to you by JA ZEN-NOH International, an initiative of “This is Japan Quality”.
Photography by Tasha Sun.
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