29 Japanese Inspired Dishes You Need in Your Life

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Explore the flavors of Japan with these 29 Japanese Inspired Dishes that offer a delightful mix of traditional and fusion recipes. From hearty ramen bowls to light and fresh sushi rolls, this collection provides a range of options for both newcomers to Japanese cuisine and longtime enthusiasts. These recipes capture the essence of Japanese cooking: its balance of flavors, attention to seasonality, and artistic presentation – while adapting them for the home kitchen. These recipes will introduce you to the diverse world of Japanese flavors and techniques, helping you bring a taste of Japan to your own table.

Beef Miso Ramen

Beef Miso Ramen by Gimme From Scratch
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If you’re cutting out gluten but still crave a hearty bowl of ramen, this gluten free Beef Ramen recipe is for you! Made with braised ribeye steak and grain-free cassava noodles, this dish is both delicious and gluten-free. The combination of tender beef, savory broth and chewy noodles creates a comforting meal. Topped with jammy eggs, green onions and chili oil this homemade ramen is absolutely stunning. Serve with an appetizer of homemade gyoza!

Get the Recipe: Beef Miso Ramen

Pan Fried Gyoza

Pan Fried Gyoza by Gimme From Scratch
Photo Credit: Gimme From Scratch

Experience a delightful balance of crispy and tender textures with this Pan Fried Gyoza recipe. The Japanese dumpling is filled with a combination of minced pork, vegetables and spices, wrapped in a thin dough and pan-fried until crispy and then steamed giving them a tender interior. And let’s not forget about the homemade dumpling dipping sauce, a savory mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil, which complements the flavors of the pork gyoza perfectly. Pair this savory appetizer with braised beef ramen to make a complete meal.

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Rainbow Roll Sushi

Rainbow Roll Sushi by Gimme From Scratch
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If you’re tired of the usual sushi rolls (I’m lookin at you, California roll) and want to add some color and excitement to your sushi experience, then this Rainbow Roll Sushi recipe is just what you need. It’s a delightful combination of flavors, from crisp cucumber and creamy, avocado slices to luscious tuna and salmon, all wrapped up in a blanket of perfectly seasoned sushi rice. This roll is perfect for sushi enthusiasts and for those who are looking for a fun and creative dish to serve at their next party or gathering.

Get the Recipe: Rainbow Roll Sushi

Miso Brussels Sprouts

Miso Brussels Sprouts by Gimme From Scratch
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Crispy Roasted Lemon Miso Brussels Sprouts is a flavorful, vegan side dish, made with just a few ingredients. The unique flavor of miso paste is salty yet slightly sweet with a nutty taste that adds an umami kick. By tossing the tender yet crispy sprouts with a savory and sweet lemon miso glaze, this dish transforms a boring veggie into a mouth-watering side dish. This will be your new favorite way to enjoy these adorable tiny cabbages!

Get the Recipe: Miso Brussels Sprouts

Fluffy Japanese Pancakes (Souffle Pancakes)

Fluffy Japanese Pancakes (Souffle Pancakes) by Chocolate's and Chai
Photo Credit: Chocolate’s and Chai

Fluffy Japanese Pancakes are a soft, airy cotton candy-like pancake dream come true. Dress them up in whipped cream, rain down the maple syrup, or try out the tiramisu topping recipe I provide – they come out delicious every which way!

Get the Recipe: Fluffy Japanese Pancakes (Souffle Pancakes)

Sunomono (Japanese Cucumber Salad)

Sunomono (Japanese Cucumber Salad) by Vegan Every Time
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This Sunomono (Japanese Cucumber Salad) features thinly sliced cucumbers and glass noodles tossed in a sweet vinegar dressing. This delicately refreshing salad is easy to prepare and serves as an excellent appetizer or side to any Japanese dish.

Get the Recipe: Sunomono (Japanese Cucumber Salad)

Japanese Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

Japanese Teriyaki Chicken Bowl by Gypsy Plate
Photo Credit: Gypsy Plate

Take a closer look… Tender juicy chicken glistening with savory, salty, sweet and umami rich teriyaki sauce, smothered to perfection. Alongside this are bright, crunchy colorful veggies dressed in a nutty sesame oil dressing, kinda like Asian coleslaw. All this on a bed of hot rice… and yes, how can we forget that creamy avocado? All this sprinkled with sesame nuttiness.

Get the Recipe: Japanese Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

Air Fryer Shishito Peppers by Veggies Save The Day
Photo Credit: Veggies Save The Day

Skip the skillet and make blistered Shishito Peppers in your air fryer. These mild and sweet Japanese peppers are ready to eat in 5 minutes. Air Fryer Shishito Peppers make a great appetizer or snack sprinkled with salt or served with your favorite dipping sauce.

Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

Easy Teriyaki Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Easy Teriyaki Tofu Lettuce Wraps by Food, Wine and Love
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Easy Teriyaki Tofu Lettuce Wraps, a delicious vegan and gluten-free diet tofu recipe that is also high in protein.

Get the Recipe: Easy Teriyaki Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Japanese Clear Onion Soup

Japanese Clear Onion Soup by Living Chirpy
Photo Credit: Living Chirpy

An easy Japanese Clear Onion Soup recipe. A simple light, clear soup just like the one on your local Hibachi Steakhouse menu that’s just nine simple Ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Japanese Clear Onion Soup

Chicken Yakitori

Chicken Yakitori by The Forked Spoon
Photo Credit: The Forked Spoon

Yakitori is a Japanese grilled chicken recipe served on skewers and glazed in a delicious sweet and savory homemade yakitori sauce. Often served with drinks at bars in Japan, enjoy chicken yakitori as a quick and easy appetizer, snack, or dinner.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Yakitori

Japanese Strawberry Shortcake

Japanese Strawberry Shortcake by Full Kitchen Recipes
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Japanese Strawberry Shortcake is a dessert that has become synonymous with elegance, sophistication, and indulgence in Japan. The cake is made with a light, airy sponge cake layered with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, and is typically decorated with additional strawberries on top.

Get the Recipe: Japanese Strawberry Shortcake

Unagi Don (Unadon)

Unagi Don (Unadon) by The Heirloom Pantry
Photo Credit: The Heirloom Pantry

Unagi Don (Unadon) is an umami-packed rice bowl featuring broiled Japanese eel dressed in unagi sauce. Serve over steamed rice and top with nori, sesame seeds, and scallions. Make this delicious donburi for a quick dinner with homemade or store-bought unagi sauce.

Get the Recipe: Unagi Don (Unadon)

Yaki Onigiri With Miso and Butter

Yaki Onigiri With Miso and Butter by Just Gimme Fries
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Ever heard of this dish before? Yaki Onigiri are delicious Japanese grilled riceballs, and because you grill them, you’ll get a nice and crispy layer of rice on the outside. Like many Japanese dishes, this recipe focuses on the pure flavors of the ingredients. They’re simple, but they pair really well! Yaki onigiri come in many different variations and flavors, but I decided to try out grilling them with miso & butter.

Get the Recipe: Yaki Onigiri With Miso and Butter

Miso Butter Salmon

Miso Butter Salmon by Somebody Feed Seb
Photo Credit: Somebody Feed Seb

A few simple ingredients – one delicious dish! Introducing this Easy Miso Butter Salmon recipe! Pan-frying salmon is the best way to cook it quickly, whilst glazing ensures it stays moist and flaky. Butter seasoned with miso and soy sauce does a perfect job of making this healthy meal flavoursome and effortlessly sophisticated!

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Garlic Soy Edamame

Garlic Soy Edamame by CC's Table
Photo Credit: CC’s Table

These Garlic Soy Edamame are such an easy appetizer and they are so delicious. This recipe comes together in 15 minutes or less and it will be devoured even faster.

Get the Recipe: Garlic Soy Edamame

Creamy Miso Pasta

Creamy Miso Pasta by Sunglow Kitchen
Photo Credit: Sunglow Kitchen

This Creamy Miso Pasta with mushrooms is an easy weeknight dinner ready in less than 30 minutes! It’s packed with umami flavor, hints of garlic, and parmesan cheese. Vegan and gluten-free options are included.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Miso Pasta

Teriyaki Meatballs

Teriyaki Meatballs by Greedy Girl Gourmet
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This Easy Teriyaki Meatballs recipe is a popular Japanese side dish. The juicy and fluffy chicken meatballs coated in the umamilicious savory sauce will taste just as good-or even better- than what you get at your favorite Japanese restaurant! This easy recipe is the perfect appetizer or even main dish the whole family will love, and only takes 40 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Teriyaki Meatballs

Matcha Brownies

Matcha Brownies by Chenee Today
Photo Credit: Chenee Today

Fudgy Matcha Brownies – white chocolate or dark chocolate chunks and earthy green tea powder flavor these chewy matcha brownies!

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Pork Belly Rice Bowl

Pork Belly Rice Bowl by Beyond Kimchee
Photo Credit: Beyond Kimchee

Butadon is a delicious Japanese pork rice bowl. This recipe uses pork belly and glazed with easy homemade teriyaki sauce.

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Mushroom Sushi

Mushroom Sushi by This Wife Cooks
Photo Credit: This Wife Cooks

Fresh mushrooms cooked in a savory marinade, then rolled with dried seaweed and Homemade Sushi Rice. Serve with Garlic Bok Choy and Edamame Salad.

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Vegan Curry Udon

Vegan Curry Udon by Vegan Every Time
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Enjoy thick, chewy Udon Noodles drenched in a flavourful creamy sauce. This Vegan Curry Udon ready in just 20 minutes guarantees comfort in every bite. These Japanese curry noodles make the perfect hearty dinner, sure to become your family’s favourite meal.

Get the Recipe: Vegan Curry Udon

Miso Soup

Miso Soup by The Sound of Cooking
Photo Credit: The Sound of Cooking

Easy Miso Soup ready within 20 minutes tops! With a simple swap, this traditional miso paste and dashi-based soup is ready for all Japanese food lovers, including gluten-free guests!

Get the Recipe: Miso Soup

Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

Deconstructed Sushi Bowl by The Cinnamon Jar
Photo Credit: The Cinnamon Jar

This visually stunning Sushi Salad is pretty much sushi as you know it, but deconstructed. It is the perfect fusion of Japanese and Western cuisine. Maybe you’ve always wanted to make homemade sushi but you don’t have the equipment, or it just feels too overwhelming – this salad is for you! it’s healthy, nutrient-rich, refreshing, crunchy and the best of all, it does really taste exactly like sushi.

Get the Recipe: Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

Braised Garlic and Soy Pork

Braised Garlic and Soy Pork by Dizzy, Busy and Hungry
Photo Credit: Dizzy Busy and Hungry

This super easy Garlic and Soy Pork with Green Beans is the perfect cozy dinner for a cold day. Bite sized pork is quickly braised on the stove top and served up with some green beans, making for a hearty dinner!

Get the Recipe: Braised Garlic and Soy Pork

Asian Short Ribs

Asian Short Ribs by A Little and A Lot
Photo Credit: A Little and A Lot

These Asian Short Ribs are melt-in-your-mouth tender and super easy to prepare in the Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or in the Oven.

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Japanese Inspired Loaded Fries

Japanese Inspired Loaded Fries by Just Gimme Fries
Photo Credit: Just Gimme Fries

With a blog named like this, a recipe for fries was bound to come up soon or later, right? Just Gimme Fries didn’t want to kick off with just any ordinary fries recipe, so they decided to go with the so-called Japanese ‘Shaka Shaka Fries’ with Panko battered shrimp and wasabi mayonnaise.

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3 Ingredient Matcha Nama Chocolate

3 Ingredient Matcha Nama Chocolate by Greedy Girl Gourmet
Photo Credit: Greedy Girl Gourmet

These Matcha Nama Chocolate Truffles are so easy to make but taste just like the expensive Royce Chocolates. You can make these budget-friendly matcha chocolates over a stove: no double boiler needed! Smooth and aromatic, they’re simply delicious but not too sweet, as the earthiness of the matcha balances the sweetness of the chocolate.

Get the Recipe: 3 Ingredient Matcha Nama Chocolate

Easy Skillet Shrimp with Homemade Honey Garlic Sauce

Easy Skillet Shrimp with Homemade Honey Garlic Sauce by Little Black Skillet
Photo Credit: Little Black Skillet

Discover this recipe for Easy Skillet Shrimp with Homemade Honey Garlic Sauce; it’s a great solution for busy weeknights and so much better than take-out. Fresh shrimp are sautéed in a simple, sticky honey garlic sauce that’s perfect for spooning over cooked white rice. Serve with steamed broccoli, green beans, or hibachi-style vegetables, and dinner is done!

Get the Recipe: Easy Skillet Shrimp with Homemade Honey Garlic Sauce

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I love to share recipes with real ingredients that are both sweet and savory (especially sweet:) My mission with Gimme From Scratch is to inspire you with recipes that will bring your families together in the kitchen. I'm introverted at heart but know how important socializing can be for maintaining good relationships, when writing not only am looking forward to sharing information - It's also building connections between readers who love good food as much as I do!

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