10 Japanese Appetizers Recipes

Drew Glover • March 17, 2015
Raw fish, steamed fish, deep-fried fish - you name it and Japan has it! Japanese cuisine has elevated seafood in every way possible. With a focus on fresh fish and raw food, Japan€'s population is one of the longest-lived in the world.Vegetable Tempura
1. Vegetable Tempura
Vegetable Tempura
Quick and simple vegetable appetizer that you can serve up at your next party.
2. Agedashi Tofu
Agedashi Tofu
Agedashi tofu is a very old Japanese recipe for fried tofu.
3. Spicy Tuna Salmon Sushi Roll
Spicy Tuna Salmon Sushi Roll
These decadent, low calorie sushi rolls are the perfect pre-dinner appetizer with which to impress your guests, yet also work great as finger food as part of a buffet. Each marries the contrasting flavors of tuna and salmon with a spicy fish tartar, blended with the more delicate flavors of sushi rice and avocado. Eye-catching and delicious, they’re so easy to make, you could easily knock out several batches in under an hour!
4. Karaage Japanese Fried Chicken
Karaage Japanese Fried Chicken
Karaage is Japanese style fried chicken (two words: kara age). It is a great appetizer for your drinks, kids (and adult) friendly dinner, and also a perfect small dish for your lunch box. Japanese Karaage is usually seasoned with garlic and ginger along with soy sauce, coated lightly with flour, and deep fried. Because of the oil, it may not be the healthiest Japanese food but it’s certainly a very popular one in Japan.
5. Kabocha no Nimono (Japanese Simmered Pumpkin)
Kabocha no Nimono (Japanese Simmered Pumpkin)
People think Japanese food is healthy. Is that because of deep fried Tempura or Tonkatsu? Probably not. That’s because we eat a lot of simmered or boiled vegetables. Vegetable dishes boiled or simmered in seasoned broth are called Nimono. This is true home cooking and hard to get at Japanese restaurants in the US.
6. How to Make Japanese Korokke (Croquette)
How to Make Japanese Korokke (Croquette)
Korokke (Croquette) is a parcel of food such as minced meat or vegetables, shaped into a cylinder or circle, encased in breadcrumbs and deep fried. Very addicting!
7. Chicken Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing
Chicken Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing
Try this amazing Japanese Farm food that is perfect for appetizer or a light salad meal with your family.
8. Japanese Salad Sunomono
Japanese Salad Sunomono
Sunomono (Cucumber Salad) is a perfect small side dish. It’s easy to make, healthy to eat, and very refreshing to accompany any main dish. It’s tangy but sweet, who wouldn’t like it?
9. Soba Noodle Salad with Prawns
Soba Noodles with Prawns
Soba noodles made from buckwheat are a classic Japanese dish. Join Culinary Instructor Reiko Hashimoto as she combines sesame and ginger to aromatically infuse this soba noodle salad. Served with prawns this salad makes for a delicious lunch. This Grokker Premium video is part of Reiko's Introduction to Japanese Cooking so don't forget to check out her other videos in the collection.
10. Beef Tataki with Creamy Sesame Sauce
Beef Tataki & Sesame Sauce
Tender prime fillet of beef is seared to perfection and served with a sumptuous sesame sauce. Watch out for the secret ingredient as Reiko brings a middle eastern influence to this Japanese specialty. Garnished with garlic chips for flavor and texture, this elegant dish is made perfectly for sharing or as a dinner party appetizer. This Grokker Premium video forms part of Culinary Instructor, Reiko Hashimoto's, Japanese Gourmet Cooking series so do check out the rest of her collection.
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