23 Delicious, Fail-Proof Japanese Recipes

These recipes will have you cooking Japanese food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

J. Kenji López-Alt

Though Japan is renowned for both its cuisine and its food culture, relatively few of its dishes have made their way onto menus in the US, let alone onto the tables of home cooks. True, sushi, tempura, and teriyaki-glazed fish are familiar to more Americans than ever before. But Japanese food encompasses so much more than those restaurant staples, and it includes a number of simple meals that are a world apart from the fussy delicacy of sushi—think homey fried cutlets (katsu), satisfying rice bowls, and improvisation-friendly pancakes (okonomiyaki). Better yet, many of the recipes below don't require any special skill set, or even any particularly exotic ingredients, to make.

That said, it'll make your cooking projects a lot easier if you to pick up a range of basic ingredients at the outset. Our detailed guide to stocking a Japanese pantry will take you through essentials like miso paste, shoyu (soy sauce), mirin, and rice vinegar to help you get started. Read on for over two dozen of our favorite Japanese recipes.