Japanese Appetizer Recipes

Gyoza, yakitori, and tempura are a few of the easy and delicious Japanese appetizers you'll find at Allrecipes.com.

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Side Dishes

Tofu Hiyayakko

Rating: Unrated
13
This is one of the really traditional easy dishes in Japan. My dad likes it so much. We often eat this dish with the rice, miso soup, grilled fish and Japanese pickles in the morning.
Wraps and Rolls Appetizers

Vegetarian Nori Rolls

Rating: Unrated
17
Delicious nori rolls that look great too. Even people who haven't eaten Japanese before liked these. Impress your friends!
Zucchini Appetizers

Okonomiyaki

Rating: Unrated
36
'Okonomi' means 'whatever you like' and 'yaki' means 'cook or fry.' Serve with your favorite sauce: sweet and sour, Tonkatsu, sweet chili, etc.
Japanese Recipes

Yakitori Chicken

Rating: Unrated
32
Chicken is marinated in a soy sauce, sake and ginger sauce, then threaded onto skewers and broiled with leeks for an easy, tasty and fun meal.
Appetizers and Snacks

Chakin Sushi

Rating: Unrated
2
This is Japanese girl's festival food. This sushi is wrapped in very thin egg sheets. Inside is a vinegar rice ball. I used an Italian parsley sprig as the tie. The look is so cute!
Dumplings

Gyoza

Rating: Unrated
142
I learned this recipe for pot stickers while living in Japan. They're great hot or cold, and may be eaten plain or with the dipping sauce. Any ground meat can be substituted for pork.
Beef Appetizers

Beef Kushiyaki

Rating: Unrated
7
A Japanese favorite.
Japanese Recipes

Crispy Shrimp Tempura

Rating: Unrated
26
Shrimp tempura, Japanese style. Serve this at dinner as an appetizer or to your party guests as finger food.
Appetizers and Snacks

Perfect Sushi Rice

Rating: Unrated
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Here is my recipe for the perfect sushi rice. You can eat this alone or roll into your favorite sushi roll with ingredients of choice. I use strips of carrots, cucumbers and slices of avocado. You can adjust the amount of vinegar in this recipe to suit your taste.
Wraps and Rolls Appetizers

Japanese Tamago Egg

Rating: Unrated
25
Tamago egg is classic Japanese folded omelet sometimes called tamagoyaki. The omelet is sweet, has a light texture, and works well when served over sushi rice and with soy and wasabi sauce for dipping. Tamago is the Japanese word for egg. Mirin is sweet rice wine and dashi is traditional Japanese soup stock (make from kelp or shiitake). These ingredients are now carried in most larger grocery stores or at Asian markets.
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Wraps and Rolls Appetizers

Cream Cheese and Crab Sushi Rolls

Rating: Unrated
33
Delicious and surprisingly simple to make. Sushi is expensive to buy at the supermarket, so making your own will save you tons of money. My husband is a sushi freak! I make this for him all the time.
Appetizers and Snacks

Cucumber and Avocado Sushi

Rating: Unrated
42
Cucumber and avocado sushi! These rolls are easy to make and you can add either fake crab or smoked salmon. Serve with teriyaki or soy sauce and wasabi!
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Inspiration and Ideas


Green Tea Kasutera (Green Tea Bread)

Rating: Unrated
3

Soft and healthy, low-sugar, low-fat green tea bread.