12 Easy Japanese Breakfast Recipes

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You know how important having breakfast is before starting your day, especially if it is something light, healthy, and easy to make.

Today, I will show you a bunch of easy Japanese breakfast recipes you should check out. 

Whether you’re looking for something fast and filling or want something delicious that takes a little bit more effort, there’s something on this list for everyone.

We’ll discuss fluffy Japanese pancakes, chicken rice porridge, fish waffles, rice balls, rolled omelet, and many other.

The best part is that these options are made with ingredients you may already have in your pantry. There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy eating healthy and tasty foods — it just takes some know-how.

So let’s jump right into it! 

Easy Japanese Breakfast Recipes

1. Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

Japanese fluffy pancakes recipe is a dessert from eggs, flour, sugar, and milk -only they use more egg white, which explains its fluffiness.

It is a popular breakfast item in Japan.

But what makes it distinct from the American version?

Well, it’s the texture and shape.

The Japanese variant is light, soft, and airy, with a sweet taste — perfect for your taste buds! Another signature trait of this cake is its taller shape than other versions. You can enjoy this heaven piece alone or serve them with syrup and butter to add more taste.

But, the best thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t require special equipment or ingredients. You can use any type of flour you have at home and mix it with water to make the perfect pancakes.

2. Toriniku Okayu (Japanese Chicken Rice Porridge)

Toriniku Okayu is a Japanese dish perfect for breakfast that comes in many different ways, although the basic recipe is very simple.

It’s a simple recipe made by braising boneless pork shoulder or belly until it becomes very tender and juicy.

The sauce for this dish uses many ingredients like soy sauce, mirin (rice wine), sake, or dashi (fish stock).

You can also add some chilies to make it spicier if you want to add more flavor to your Toriniku Okayu.

It can be served with rice or pasta instead of bread if desired. You can also add some vegetables such as cabbage or broccoli to make your meal more nutritious!

3. Taiyaki (Japanese Fish Waffle)

Taiyaki is a Japanese dessert usually made with an egg custard filling and a sweet, crisp outer shell that ALWAYS take the appearance of a fish.

It’s typically served in bite-sized pieces and topped with whipped cream and fruit.

To make the Taiyaki, mix all ingredients in one bowl and fill the batter into your Taiyaki pan. Cook it according to your manufacturer’s instructions. Normally, it takes 1 hour  30 minutes, including resting time, to make this dessert nice and clean.

Top each piece with whipped cream and fruit (your choice!). You can also drizzle some syrup over the top to make it even sweeter!

4. Strawberry Sando (Japanese Strawberry Sandwich)

 If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe perfect for a busy morning, this Strawberry Sando is the one you need. It’s so simple to make and tastes so good that you won’t even realize how nutritious it is!

All it requires is less than 15 minutes of your time, some strawberries, and heavy cream for the sandwich. This simple recipe starts with bread slices that have been lightly toasted and then pre-sliced into circles. 

You can use any kind of bread, but this one gives you the perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors. Then you’ll need to add some strawberry jam! The jam will act as your base ingredient because it provides sweetness while adding moisture and thickness to your sandwich. 

Next up: butter! You want to use plenty of butter so the bread doesn’t get soggy during cooking (which could ruin its texture). Finally, you’ll need some fillings.

5. Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Onigiri (おにぎり) are rice balls wrapped in seaweed made with sushi rice, nori, or takuan (pickled ginger). 

Onigiri can be filled with anything from chicken, beef, or seafood to vegetables and fruits.

This quick, healthy dish is served in Japan’s cafes and convenience stores because it’s so easy to make, healthy, and very popular.

6. Tamagoyaki (Japanese Rolled Omelet)

Tamagoyaki is a Japanese savory pancake made by folding and cooking an egg over low heat in a skillet.

It is one of the Japanese homemade single-portion breakfast and lunch boxes we all love.

In addition, this meal goes well with a simple sprinkle of green onions and sesame seeds, but you can also use the leftovers to make breakfast sandwiches or add them to salads.

All it will take is 15 munites, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons mirin (sweet rice wine) or sake, 1 teaspoon sugar (optional), 4 tablespoons water or chicken stock, or optional: chopped green onion, or sesame seeds.

7. Harajuku Crepes (Japanese Street Crepes)

Do you know Harajuku wasn’t first a cooking style? It is a district in Tokyo, Japan, known for its many shops and boutiques.

It’s the first place in Japan where to sell crepes.

Furthermore, Yatai standing food stalls at Yoyogi Park introduced crepes as cone-shaped wraps so that customers could eat them while walking.

The dish was thus named Harajuku crepes, after the neighborhood in which it evolved.

That aside, the secret to these yummy crepes is your batter: flour, egg, sugar, milk, and salt.

First, make the crepes by frying thin rounds of batter at medium heat.

Tilt the pan to spread the batter evenly in it; once you’ve made the layers wrap these around your favorite fillings before rolling Japanese crepes into cones is

Even more, you would enjoy Harajuku Crepes when paired with sweetened condensed milk or fruit jam!

8. Ogura Toasts (Japanese Red Bean Toasts)

You can make a delicious Ogura toast with this simple recipe, which calls for placing butter on a slice of French bread, heating it under the broiler until golden brown, and spreading red bean paste, cheese, and eggs.

You can eat Ogura Toasts as an appetizer or snack, but it’s also ideal for making other dishes like Japanese pancakes or ramen noodles!

They are delicious and easy to make at home, so if you want to try something different for breakfast this morning, try making some Ogura Toasts!

9. Tamago Kake Gohan (Japanese Rice And Egg Bowl)

Tamago Kake Gohan is one of the easiest Japanese breakfast recipes that can be prepared in under 10 minutes, yet it’s as delicious as it took forever to prepare. 

It consists of eggs cooked over a hot pan, with green onion and garlic mixed in. It’s light and airy, but it still has that satisfying texture you want in a savory breakfast dish.

This simple dish is perfect for busy mornings and can be prepared quickly, even by beginners.

10. Omiotsuke (Miso Soup)

Omiotsuke is a Japanese breakfast dish that consists of a bowl of miso soup followed by fried rice, which is also perfect for lunch and dinner.

In Japan, omiotsuke and katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) always go together. Katsuobushi is a small fish or seafood roe that have been dried and ground into a powder. They have a strong, salty flavor, and it’s easy to find in most grocery stores.

When making omiotsuke, you may want to use your favorite brand of miso paste or try different types. You can add other ingredients like grated daikon radish, chopped green onions, or even some sliced nori seaweed if you want!

11. Okonomiyaki (Japanese Savory Pancakes)

Okonomi means “as you like” in Japanese, and yaki means “grilled.” The name of this dish translates to “your style.” Okonomiyaki is a popular Japanese breakfast dish with cabbage, eggs, seafood, and other ingredients.

The batter is cooked on a hot grill until golden brown. The filling can be anything from pork belly to vegetables. It’s usually served with a side of rice for dipping or eating plain.

You have less than an hour to prepare this meal. And these Japanese pancakes combine the sweet, savory, and spicy flavors of Eastern cuisine with a texture that is both crunchy and creamy.

12. Onigirazu (Japanese Rice Sandwiches)

Onigirazu is a Japanese rice cake made with glutinous rice flour, sweet potatoes, and sometimes eggs wrapped in bamboo leaves and grilled.

It’s usually served as a side dish to accompany oden (soup made of fish and vegetables) or shoyu (soy sauce)

Onigirazu is a type of onigiri (rice ball) developed in the Edo period to make sushi more portable. The word onigirazu means “onigiri with bamboo leaf”.

Onigirazu can be prepared in two ways: plain onigirazu or flavored onigirazu.

Plain onigirazu means that there is no additional flavoring added to the batter, but flavored onigirazu has additional ingredients such as green onions or ginger added to the batter before cooking it, so it tastes more like an omelet or French toast.

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Japanese Breakfast Recipes

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Whether you're looking for something fast and filling or want something delicious that takes a little bit more effort, check out these Japanese breakfast recipes.



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The best part is how customizable these easy Japanese breakfast recipes are. Almost any recipe can be adjusted by simply replacing the usual ingredients with Japanese substitutes.

For example, if you replace regular milk with matcha tea, maple syrup with raw sugar and add rice to your pancakes, you’ve transformed your pancake recipe into a delicious Japanese breakfast. Soon you’ll enjoy these colorful and healthy delights every morning without effort!

Although there are many more dishes, the ones listed above are Japan’s most popular breakfast foods. Be it miso soup, Dorayaki, or Tamago Kake Gohan.


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