Spring Vegetable Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

Dress up a bouquet of colorful spring vegetables in this decadently creamy dressing that’s made without cream! The surprise ingredient is silken tofu, so not only will your loved ones be begging for second helpings of vegetables, they’ll get all the enjoyment of cream without the dairy. • Spring Vegetable Salad with Creamy Sesame DressingContinue reading “Spring Vegetable Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing”

Miso-Butter Potatoes

Move over, french fries! You may think that potatoes don’t sound like an authentic Japanese dish, but the stand selling hot miso-butter potatoes at all the winter festivals has a line a mile long, because they are awesome. Miso makes everything you put it in taste deeper and richer (while also secretly being good for you!)Continue reading “Miso-Butter Potatoes”

Nutty Noodles

These savory noodles are deeply satisfying, even though they are made from only five ingredients. Walnuts give them a deep autumnal flavor that feels just right for the season, and although they’re a very traditional Japanese dish, everybody loves them. Best eaten at room temperature, they perfectly bridge the gap from summer into fall. •Continue reading “Nutty Noodles”

Easy Japanese lunchbox supper

It’s summertime, and the last thing you want to do is slave over a hot stove, so what kind of meal can you pull together that turns leftovers and other stuff you’ve already got in your fridge into a feast for the senses? • Easy Japanese Lunchbox Supper Ingredients: Rice (warm or cold) Snap PeasContinue reading “Easy Japanese lunchbox supper”

Mint-Cilantro Udon & Hamachi with Tomato-Ginger Sauce

Here are two recipes from this month’s book giveaway! Check back in July to see if you won this month’s drawing, but in the meantime please enjoy a delightful summertime supper of Japanese-flavored pesto noodles and seared fresh fish with a piquant tomato-ginger sauce, courtesy of chef and author Eric Gower. • Mint-Cilantro Udon withContinue reading “Mint-Cilantro Udon & Hamachi with Tomato-Ginger Sauce”

Sweet Sesame Greens

Horensō Goma-ae This magical Japanese way to serve up spinach reduces an entire day’s worth of virtuous greens to a few delicious bites that will leave your family asking if there’s more. Yes, it’s that good. (And it’s fast! Five ingredients, fifteen minutes.) Ingredients: Serves 4 8 oz. (227g) baby spinach leaves 1/4 cup (35g)Continue reading “Sweet Sesame Greens”

Japanese Treasure Rice

This dish elevates plain old white rice to star level, with “treasures” of vegetables and a deep down savory flavor that will have everyone asking for seconds. Add marinated chicken pieces to the pot, and you’ve got the easiest one-dish meal ever! Serves: 4 1 ½ c. (350ml) dashi (Japanese soup broth)* 1 ½ T.Continue reading “Japanese Treasure Rice”

Japanese Summer Rice Bowl

This delicious topping is rich in umami goodness, and can be used on fish, chicken, cold veggies and salads with equally tasty success! Spicy Miso Topping 2 T. (30ml) soy sauce 3 T. (45ml) rice vinegar 2 T. (34g) white miso 1 T. (15ml) water 1 knob ginger, grated 3 T. (45g) sesame tahini (orContinue reading Japanese Summer Rice Bowl

Sweet & Salty Miso Sauce

Sweet & Salty Miso Sauce 6 Japanese eggplants (or one big European one) Salt Oil for searing Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish For Dengaku Sauce: 1/4 c. (68g) white miso, or 2 T. (34g) white miso mixed with 2 T. (34g) red miso* 2 T. (30ml) mirin (sweet rice wine) 2 T. (30ml) sake 2Continue reading “Sweet & Salty Miso Sauce”

Creamy Sesame Noodles

You’ll never guess how healthy these sesame noodles are, because they’re decadently creamy…without the cream. Creamy Sesame Noodles Ingredients: 3.5 oz. (100 g) dried Japanese soba (buckwheat) noodles or regular pasta 2 T. (about two) sliced green onions Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish Diced cooked chicken (optional, but it makes a satisfying lunch if youContinue reading Creamy Sesame Noodles