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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!

                                          Featured photo credit: Tonkatsu Wako/Matt @ PEK via flic.kr

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                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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