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My recipes include detailed instructions with step-by-step photos and a video tutorial. I focus on sharing with you the real flavors of Japanese cuisine.

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Salted salmon served along with a Japanese-style breakfast.

★ Interested in learning how to make a basic Japanese meal?

If you’ve never cooked Japanese food before or are still new to cooking, you’re in the right place!

There are many recipes to explore, but let’s start with the basics.

For a typical Japanese meal, we serve steamed rice, miso soup, pickled vegetables, main course and 1-2 side dishes. This style is called Ichiju Sansai.

I will show you the steps to prepare a very basic Japanese meal at home. Are you ready? Let’s jump.

Step 1: Get Essential Japanese Ingredients

6 Must-Have Condiments to Make Your Favorite Japanese Food

Stock up on these 26 ingredients for cooking Japanese food. If you haven’t decided what to cook yet, start with these 6 basic seasonings.

Not sure where to find Japanese/Asian ingredients?

Check out this list, where our readers helped create this directory. You can help us with your local stores if it’s not listed.

If you can’t find Japanese ingredients locally, you can shop online or on Amazon

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You can also browse my pantry page for more information.

Step 2: Make perfect steamed


How to cook Japanese rice

Rice is the fundamental of Japanese cuisine (you can read more about it here). Therefore, it is important to learn how to choose rice and make good rice.

Choose your kitchen equipment to make perfect rice

: Rice cooker

  • over the stove Donabe
  • Instant
  • Pot (

  • Clay Pot


Step 3: Make Dashi (

Japanese Soup Broth)

5 different types of dashi in a jar and its ingredients.

Whenever we serve rice, we always serve it with miso soup. Miso soup is made from dashi (Japanese soup broth) and miso (fermented soy paste), both of which are included in the 6 essential Japanese seasonings.

To make miso soup, let’s make dashi first. If you want to learn more about dashi, click here.

Here are some ways to make

Dashi: Dashi Powder (easy and fast,

  • but not so good
  • )Dashi Packet (easy flavor, fast and decent)Dashi

  • from scratch (takes 20 minutes, great taste)Vegan Dashi

Step 4: Make

miso soup

Japanese wooden bowls containing vegan miso soup with tofu and seaweed.

Now that you’ve made dashi, you’re ready to make miso soup.

Basic Miso Soup (with Video)Tonjiru Vegan Miso Soup (Pork and Vegetable Miso Soup) (with


  • Kenchinjiru (
  • Vegetable

  • Miso
  • Soup

  • )

Step 5: Make the main course

A white dish containing teriyaki salmon with icing and asparagus.

Today, for a basic Japanese meal, let’s prepare an easy teriyaki dish with some of the 6 condiments you already bought. Do you want to make different dishes? Explore our main courses category for inspiration.

  • Teriyaki salmon
  • (with video)Teriyaki chicken (with video)

  • Teriyaki
  • beef teriyaki tofu

Step 6: Make 1-2 side dishes

Japanese spinach salad seasoned with sesame sauce served in a bowl

Garnishes should be vegetable-centered. For a beginner, I recommend preparing an uncooked dish (such as a salad) and a cooked dish (such as a slow-boiled dish).

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Salad recipes

  • Side dishes
  • recipes

If you’re not sure where to start, here are my recommendations.

  • Spinach salad with sesame dressing
  • (Gomaae) (with video)

  • Broccoli blanched with sesame oil
  • 4 Easy Soy Sauce Pickles (with Video
  • )

  • Tamagoyaki Quick and Easy (Rolled Omelette)

Step 7: Serve!

Example: (clockwise) Shio Koji salmon, tofu and wakame miso soup, steamed rice, slow-cooked kombu, pickled plum, spinach gomaae and slow-boiled daikon.
Kabocha miso soup served in a black bowl.Example: (
clockwise) Salted salmon, Tamagoyaki, Broccoli blanched with sesame oil, Kabocha miso soup, Brown rice, pickled daikon, and pickled napa cabbage.

Optional add-ons:

  • Homemade (or store-bought) Japanese pickles
  • Cold Brew Hojicha
  • Serve on Japanese

  • Crockery

This is just a quick guide on how to make a simple Japanese meal. I hope you enjoy browsing and cooking from our collection of recipes.

view of Matsumoto castle and moat

2. Japan

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If you’re here to read our Japan travel guides, start here. We cover most popular destinations and some lesser-known areas in Japan.

By region

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  • , Nikko

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  • Kansai Region – Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe
  • Chugoku Region – Hiroshima, Okayama
  • Shikoku Region – (not yet visited)
  • Kyushu and Okinawa Region


  • 8 Best Travel Tips for Your First
  • Visit to Japan

  • 20 Things You Should Know Before You Visit
  • Japan

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  • Hakuba Travel & Ski Guide
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3. Japanese Culture

If you love learning about Japanese culture, you will enjoy reading these articles.

  • Washoku 101 – All About Japanese Food Entertainment
  • : Best Japanese Movies,

  • What Shows to Air, Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories Season 1 & 2 Recipes, the best website to learn Japanese and more
  • Restaurants – Japanese Food Etiquette, Japanese Beer Guide, Japanese Ramen Guide for Beginners, Ekiben, and moreI
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Nami and YCW Team

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