What do you make on those nights when you’re tired but still just want something nourishing & healthy for the family? If you love a quick dinner like I do on most days, here are some family-friendly Japanese recipes that are tasty yet easy-to-follow.
These recipes are perfect for weeknight meals as they can be prepped in less than 1 hour! They are my go-to rotations, so I hope they will help you plan your meals as well.
Garlicky Shrimp Ramen
You wish you had this ramen in college.
This easy homemade Teriyaki Salmon are cooked in soy sauce, sake, and mirin. If you buy salmon as a whole fish, you can fillet it the Japanese way. It helps to cook faster and absorb the flavors quickly. Not a seafood fan? Try Chicken Teriyaki or Beef Teriyaki.
Beef Ramen Stir Fry
Ramen=your new favorite stir fry noodles.
Onigiri Rice Balls
Rice balls are called onigiri in Japanese. Rice balls are usually shaped into rounds or triangles by hands. Onigiri are often put in Japanese bento lunch boxes. Use your favorite fillings or toppings.
Stir Fry Vegetables
Loaded with plenty of vegetables and your choice of protein, this Stir fry Vegetables (Yasai Itame) makes a well-rounded weeknight meal. Not only everything comes together in less than 30 minutes, it’s also a great way to use up any leftovers.
This is so much faster and healthier than takeout.
Miso Soup with Tofu
The most common soup in Japan is miso soup which is seasoned with miso (soy bean paste). Tofu is the most common ingredient in miso soup. It is quick and easy to make and is nutritious.
Omurice (Omelette Rice)
A really popular Japanese Yoshoku (Japanese fusion) recipe, Omurice is one of my children’s favorite meals. The rice is pan-fried with ketchup and chicken, then wrapped in a thin layer of egg. When there is leftover rice, it’s a perfect single plate meal to prepare the next day.
California Sushi Bites
A taste of the golden state in one adorable bite.
Stir-fried Cabbage with Tuna
Cabbage is often cooked with canned tuna that can be made in a skillet or a wok. There are only 3 ingredients and it’s done in 10 minutes.
When you feel like you’re stuck in the usual dinner rut, this Baked Tonkatsu (Japanese pork cutlet) will shake things up a little. The best part is you don’t need to deep fry the meat to achieve the crispy crust and tender, juicy texture. You can also try Crispy Baked Chicken or Crispy Salmon in replace of pork.
Sesame Teriyaki Shrimp
Turn up for teriyaki.
Japanese beef bowl is called gyudon an immensely popular dish in Japan. Steamed rice is topped with beef and onions simmered in sake and soy sauce. The balance of sweet and savory ingredients complements the sweet and savory flavors of beef and onions. It’s a quick, easy meal that’s equally at home at the food court or on your kitchen table.
Soba Noodle Salad
Enjoyed chilled or at room temperature, this Soba Noodle Salad makes a healthy choice when you are looking for a quick, light meal.
Garlicky Shrimp and Soba Noodles
You’ll be eating this dinner bowl on repeat.
It’s a simple soup made with garlic chives and egg. This soup can be seasoned with miso if you would like.
Niratama Donburi, or Egg with Garlic Chives Over Rice is a quick dish to serve over fluffy steamed rice. You can pick up garlic chives when you make a stop at your local Asian grocery store.
Check out this bowl of goodness.
Asari no Sakamushi
Asari clams are steamed with Japanese sake. It’s a simple but delicious appetizer.
This is a delightfully simple and fast recipe for Japanese-style steamed clams in sake (Japanese rice wine) and kombu (kelp) stock. The clams will usually open within 3 minutes of steaming, but careful – overcooking will result in shrunken clams with a rubbery texture.
Gyudon (Beef Bowl)
Gyudon (Beef Bowl) is a comfort food for Japanese. Simple ingredients such as onion, sliced beef, and eggs, are tossed into a hot frying pan for a quick cook. In 15 minutes, you’d get to serve some delicious rice bowl for dinner.