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Traditional Japanese Breakfast Recipes

Traditional Japanese Breakfast Recipes

Japanese breakfast recipes experience can be quite a hurdle for Westerners. We are not used to eating fish, rice or soup for breakfast.

If you ever spend the night in a Japanese hotel or traditional ryokan, it is highly likely that you will be confronted with what I like to call ‘the Japanese breakfast experience’. While most Westerners will already consider a bowl of cereal a heartening breakfast, the Japanese are a bit more thorough when it comes to eating breakfast. The simple version will usually include a bowl of miso soup, rice or rice porridge (called okayu), a piece of cooked fish and some pickled vegetables. Additionally bread, eggs, vegetables, natto or meat may also be included.

Traditional Japanese Breakfast

Traditional Japanese Breakfast

Healthy japanese breakfast

Broiled Salmon Teriyaki

The showcase of this fabulous meal was Chiharu’s Broiled Salmon Teriyaki. As simple as it is succulent, Chiharu broils the fish until almost cooked through, then coats it with homemade teriyaki sauce for the final minute or so. “Don’t add the teriyaki sauce too soon,” she advises, “or the sauce will burn and ruin the fish.”Chiharu deftly pulled the fish out from under the broiler, removed the skin, added a few lemon slices and topped it with a sprinkling of yuzu shichimi, or “seven spices.” Like an artist, she sauced, plated, arranged and served a dazzling, traditional breakfast. Maybe next time I’ll tell you about Chiharu’s dessert menu.

Miso soup

The instant dashi stock in a pan with the boiling water. Add the potato and simmer over medium heat for about six minutes, or until the potato is cooked.Ladle some soup from the pan into a bowl and dissolve the miso in it. Gradually return the miso mixture to the soup. Stir the soup gently but don’t let it come to the boil once you’ve added the miso. Turn off the heat and add the chopped spring onion.


Natto is another popular breakfast meal in Japan. It consists of fermented soy beans and rice. My Japanese friend, Sakura, mentioned that it has a particular smell, which can be hard for some people to take. She said that there are even Japanese people who can’t eat it! However, if you are one of the lucky ones who likes this dish, it is said to have excellent health benefits.

Miso soup

Miso soup


Koji Salmon

Spread shio koji on salmon fillet and let marinade for as long as possible (1-2 days is ideal). Wipe off excess shio koji and pan-fry salmon until meat flakes away easily with a fork. Serve with other breakfast dishes.

Gome-ae Green Beans

Mix together sesame, soy sauce, sugar and a little salt to season, until the resulting seasoning resembles a thick paste. Meanwhile, steam beans until tender, strain, and run briefly under running cold water. Throw beans into sesame dressing while still warm. Stir through and serve with other breakfast dishes.

Japanese Rice

Add rice and 125ml water to saucepan, cover, and place on a stove at maximum heat. When the water starts boiling turn the heat down and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and let steam for a further 15-20 minutes. Uncover, stir through and serve with other breakfast dishes.

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