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20 Simple and Oishii Japanese 30-Minute Recipes

20 Simple and Oishii Japanese 30-Minute Recipes

Bring the Japanese bento box home with these delicious and simple Japanese recipes. Perfect for the home cook who wants Japanese food at home without draining the wallet. From the ever popular Tonkatsu to the traditional Spicy Tuna, this collection of Japanese recipes will have you enjoying authentic and oishii (meaning: yummy!) Japanese dishes, quickly and conveniently!

1. Salmon Shioyaki

salmon shioyaki simple japanese recipes

    A traditional method of grilling fish in Japan is shioyaki (“shio” means salt and “yaki” means grilled) where a generous amount of salt is rubbed on the fish before grilling.

    2. Baked Tonkatsu

    Baked Tonkatsu simple japanese recipes

      Tonkatsu or Japanese pork cutlet is one of the most popular simple Japanese recipes. It’s usually fried, but this recipe shows you how to make baked tonkatsu that’s healthier for you, while keeping it juicy inside and crispy outside!

      3. Hiyayakko

      hiyayakko simple japanese recipes

        Hiyayakko is a simple and refreshing Japanese cold tofu that only takes minutes to make. The dish is made by topping a small block of tofu with a drizzle of soy sauce and a sprinkling of chopped herbs, ginger or other toppings.

        4. Spicy Tuna Bowl

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        spicy tuna bowl simple japanese recipes

          Based off the popular Spicy Tuna Sushi, this dish is made from adding the spicy tuna to a bowl of rice and raw vegetables and other toppings of your choice. Rice bowls are not only easy to make, they’re nutritious and delicious as well!

          5. Shabu-Shabu

          Shabu Shabu

            Shabu-shabu is a one-pot dish cooked at the table, where everybody eats from the pot. Thin slices of meat are dipped into the boiling broth, taken out quickly, then dipped into a ponzu soy sauce or sesame sauce. Tofu and other vegetables are simmered in the pot for a longer time and dipped into one of the sauces when done.

            6. Omurice

            omurice

              Those of you who enjoy your scrambled eggs with ketchup will love omurice! “Omu” is an abbreviation for “omuretsu” (omelette pronounced with a Japanese accent) and “rice” (pronounced raisu) refers to the sweet and savory rice it’s filled with.

              7. Hamburg Steak

              Hambagu Steak

                Hamburg Steak (pronounced hahm-bah-goo in Japan) is probably the most popular bento lunch entrée in Japan. The hamburgs are filled with onions and garlic and seasoned with soy sauce and ketchup. The sauce is made with red wine, ketchup, and tonkatsu sauce, giving each steak a luscious tangy-sweet coating.

                8. Sukiyaki

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                sukiyaki

                  Sukiyaki is a type of one-pot dish that is cooked table side in a shallow cast-iron pot. Traditionally, it contains beef, but some parts of Japan use pork. Vegetarians can substitute tofu and big, meaty mushrooms such as matsutakes. Other ingredients like negi (a Japanese leek), konnyaku noodles, and shungiku are added, then everything is quickly cooked in soy sauce, sugar, and mirin.

                  9. Yakisoba

                  yakisoba

                    Yakisoba is Japanese style fried noodles that are very easy to make. You can add almost any ingredient to suite your taste. Popular yakisoba varieties include vegetarian, seafood, or pork.

                    10. Corn Cream Soup

                    corn cream soup

                      The Japanese corn soup has a sweet, creamy flavor with a thick texture. Almost every family style restaurant in Japan serves corn soup and Japanese supermarkets carry several varieties of the soup. In Japan, corn soup dispensers are just as common as coffee and soft drink dispensers!

                      11. Japanese Street Crepes

                      street crepes

                        In Japan, crepes have been transformed to a type of quick street food that’s available in sweet and savory varieties. Unlike the French crepe, the Japanese crepe uses less butter and the fillings are fresh and/or raw.

                        12. Kaki Fry

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                        crispy fried oysters

                          Kaki Fry is breaded, deep-fried oysters, often served with Tonkatsu Sauce, lemon juice, and tartar sauce. You’ll enjoy biting through the crisp outer crust into the tender center of the fried oyster.

                          13. Corn & Crab Croquettes

                          crab cream croquette

                            In Japan, croquettes (pronounced “korokke” in Japan) are a staple bento box food along with tonkatsu and chicken teriyaki. Korokke comes in just about any flavor you can imagine, and prepared with either mashed potatoes or a creamy béchamel sauce as the base. This recipe uses the creamy béchamel sauce.

                            14. Tensoba

                            tempura soba

                              Tensoba, short for “Tempura Soba” is one of the most popular soba noodle recipes in Japan where shrimp tempura is served with a bowl of warm buckwheat noodles.

                              15. Shu Cream Puffs

                              shu cream puffs

                                In Japan, cream puffs are called “shu cream” and each, delicious crispy pastry puff is filed with custard cream. It’s a very popular children’s treat in Japan, and now you can enjoy it anytime you want!

                                16. Takoyaki

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                                Takoyaki

                                  Takoyaki is a Japanese snack shaped like little round balls containing pieces of octopus. Tako means “octopus” and yaki means “fried”. It’s one of Japan’s most popular street foods sold by street vendors, convenience stores, supermarkets, and specialty restaurants.

                                  17. Okonomiyaki

                                  okonomiyaki

                                    Okonomiyaki means “grilled as you like it” in Japanese, and how it’s prepared depends largely on your preferences. There are two types of okonomiyaki. Kansai style and Hiroshima style. While the more common Kansai okonomiyaki is made by mixing shredded cabbage with a pancake-like batter, the Hiroshima style stacks each ingredient on top of the other before being covered with a layer of yakisoba noodles. This recipe is for the Kansai style.

                                    18. Anmitsu

                                    Anmitsu

                                      Anmitsu is a summer dessert made of small cubes of agar agar jelly, sweet azuki bean paste, mochi, a variety of fruits, ice cream, and boiled peas. It’s usually served with black sugar syrup called kuromitu that you pour onto the jelly before eating.

                                      19. Kushi Dango

                                      Mitarashi dango

                                        Dango is a Japanese dumpling made from mochiko (rice flour). Three to four dango are often served on a skewer (kushi) covered with syrup made from shouyu (soy sauce) and sugar.

                                        20. Yakitomorokoshi

                                        yakitomorokoshi

                                          Yakitomorokoshi is a simple to make, grilled corn brushed with soy sauce. It’s a popular fair and festival food in Japan. The sweetness from summer corn and the saltiness of soy sauce are a perfect match!

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                                          35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                                          35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                                          Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

                                          But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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                                          The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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                                          While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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                                          While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

                                          If You’re Staying In

                                          1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
                                          2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
                                          3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
                                          4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
                                            • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
                                            • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
                                            • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
                                            • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
                                              • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
                                              • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
                                              • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                                                • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                                                If You Want to Get Away

                                                1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                                                2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                                                3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                                                  • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                                                  • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                                                  • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                                                  • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                                                  • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                                                  • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                                                    • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                                                    • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                                                    New & Exciting Experiences

                                                    1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                                                    2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                                                      experience.
                                                      • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                                                      • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                                                      • Experience white water rafting.
                                                      • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                                                      • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                                                        • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                                                        • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                                                          • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                                                          • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                                                          • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                                                          Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                                                          Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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