10-minute teriyaki chicken

10-minute teriyaki chicken
10-minute teriyaki chicken (served with broccoli and rice)

If you live in or have visited the Pacific Northwest, you’ve probably noticed that there are “teriyaki stops” in pretty much every town. Unfortunately, they’re not very common here in the Twin Cities.

Fortunately, it’s easy to make your own teriyaki chicken at home. The first key is to use chicken thighs, so you don’t end up with dry chicken. The second is to brown the chicken for extra flavor, and the third is to use a good teriyaki sauce. Follow those steps and you’ll have delicious teriyaki chicken in under 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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Chilled tofu with kabocha squash

Chilled tofu with kabocha squash
Chilled tofu with kabocha squash

This chilled tofu with kabocha squash is a great, easy Japanese recipe. It can be either a lighter meal on its own (served with rice and miso soup) or served as a side (I like to pair it with sushi). Either way, it’s simple but delicious.

Kabocha squash is a Japanese winter squash that is unique in that you can eat the skin — don’t be afraid, it adds a lot of flavor. This mild, orange squash is one of our favorites.

The chilled tofu (hiyayakko) is topped with bonito flakes, green onions, and soy sauce. Pressing the block of tofu before serving allows it to absorb more of the flavor of the soy sauce. Give it a try — it’s delicious!

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Tonkatsu (Breaded pork cutlet)

Tonkatsu (Breaded pork cutlet)

This Japanese version of a pork cutlet is both delicious and easy to make. It uses the common breading formula of flour – egg – bread crumbs, but using panko bread crumbs makes it extra crispy.

Tonkatsu is traditionally served over rice with tonkatsu sauce, which is similar to a thick Worchestershire sauce. I also made some mixed peas and carrots to serve with the pork. It’s a really delicious meal!

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Chicken & egg omelet on rice (Oyako Donburi)

Chicken & egg omelet on rice (Oyako Donburi)

This Japanese recipe makes a quick and easy meal, and it’s a great way to use leftover chicken. You can also choose whatever vegetables you like — the original recipe called for shiitake mushrooms, but I used peas instead.

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Homemade sushi (California roll)

Homemade sushi (California roll)
Homemade sushi (California roll)

Michael and I enjoy eating Japanese food, and one of my favorites is sushi. While sushi may seem intimidating to make, it’s actually not that difficult — it just takes a little time and patience. This recipe is for nori-maki (with the nori wrapped around the outside), which is one of the easiest types of sushi to make.

I usually make California rolls, which is the recipe I’m sharing below, but we’ve also tried other varieties, like the Philly roll made with smoked salmon. The sky’s the limit — you can try any filling combination that you like!

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Teriyaki mushrooms and asparagus with chilled tofu

Teriyaki mushrooms and asparagus with chilled tofu

I made this simple Japanese meal for dinner a few weeks ago, and both Michael and I agreed that it was delicious. I used a pre-made ginger teriyaki sauce to quickly glaze the shiitake mushrooms and asparagus, but you could definitely make your own if you prefer.

The chilled tofu (hiyayakko) is topped with green onions, bonito flakes, and soy sauce. Pressing the block of tofu before serving allows it to absorb more of the flavor of the soy sauce. Give it a try — it’s delicious!

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