18 Recipes For Japanese Vegetables You Can Make At Home

For the last several years we’ve lived in cities with little to no Japanese food, so we’ve had to learn to make our own. Japanese food is not as difficult to make as many home chefs think. Here, we include some of our favorite recipes for Japanese vegetables that you can make at home! They can stand on their own or be served as starters or side dishes to any Japanese recipe.

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Vegetarian Cuisine And Eating Vegetables In Japan

I’m not going to lie. When we travel to Japan we are in search of sushi, pork, and all things ramen! That’s not to say there aren’t a lot of tasty vegetable dishes available when traveling in Japan. And, a lot of the dishes we’ve eaten during our trips to Japan have inspired some of the Japanese cooking we try to do at home.

When we ate an entirely vegetarian meal in Wakayama, I was shocked at how many of the Japanese vegetable dishes Eric actually liked!

Best Recipes For Japanese Vegetabes

Like some other Asian cuisines, it can be a little difficult to confirm that Japanese recipes are vegetarian. Sometimes, even vegetable dishes can be made with fish sauce or flavored with bonito. By making these Japanese veg recipes at home, you can be sure the ingredients are vegetarian or vegan, depending on your needs.

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Vegetable Dishes In Japanese

I won’t even pretend to know Japanese. As many times as we’ve traveled to Japan, I still can’t comprehend the Japanese language. What I can say is that many of these recipes are for dishes that are popular in Japan or at least ones we’ve eaten during one of our trips to the country.

They include ingredients you can often find at most grocery stores or at Asian supermarkets. Some of the most popular Japanese vegetables and ingredients include daikon, mushrooms, eggplant, squash, and bok choy. Seasonings and flavorings include miso, soy, sesame oil, and other flavors.

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The Best Japanese Vegetable Recipes

These Japanese vegetable recipes can pair with so many different dishes or can serve as snacks on their own.

Daikon Radish Salad

Daikon Radish Salad is a little salad loaded with strong flavors and character! It’s common to see Japanese pickled vegetables, including pickled radish.

This daikon salad recipe is for you if you are looking to add more raw vegetables in form of a salad to your daily meal planning. Also, the daikon radish recipe is surprisingly versatile and makes a great must-have during the colder winter months!

Recipe Here

Daikon Radish Cucumber Salad

Daikon Radish Cucumber Salad

This daikon radish salad with cucumbers is a bright and flavorful side dish. It has a zesty sesame and rice wine vinegar dressing. This is definitely one of the more easy Japanese vegetables recipes and a great way to make Japanese cucumber pickles.

Recipe Here

Shaved Asparagus And Daikon Salad

Shaved Asparagus And Daikon Salad

Crispy, juicy mouthfuls of fresh raw daikon and asparagus layered with aromatic Japanese sesame dressing and wispy savory bonito flakes. This is a refreshing Asian side salad worth trying.

Recipe Here

Hawaiian Pickled Daikon 

Hawaiian pickled daikon recipe, with a little coconut sugar, turmeric, black pepper, and rice vinegar. Healthy and delicious. And, it’s one of the Japanese vegetarian dishes.

Recipe Here

Japanese Mushroom Salad

Japanese Mushroom Salad

A Japanese mushrooms salad that is not only easy to make but delicious with its meaty bite and earthy flavors. For a hearty and delicious meal, serve this Japanese mushrooms dish with a bowl of steamed rice, grilled fish, and miso soup.

Recipe Here

Blistered Shishito Peppers

You’re going to love these blistered shishito peppers. They’re mildly spicy and deeply flavorful. Shishito peppers are a small, mild chili freen chili pepper. To me, this dish is pretty similar to padron peppers from Spain. The biggest difference is the seasoning that’s used on the shishito, versus padron peppers, which are only cooked in salt.

Recipe Here

Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

shishito peppers

Air Fryer Shishito Peppers come out with smoky charred skins & a sweet mild flesh. These little mildly spiced Japanese peppers are addicting & perfect for the dipping recipe included. Don’t have an air fryer? See our recommendations for the best large-capacity air fryers.

Recipe Here

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Asahi Beer Battered Mushrooms

Asahi Beer Battered Mushrooms

Asahi beer battered mushrooms. Crunchy golden brown beer batter, a sprinkling of matcha salt, and yuzu wasabi mayonnaise to dip into.

Recipe here

Garlic Soy Bok Choy

Crisp, fresh, and bursting with loads of unexpected flavor, this Garlic Bok Choy Recipe is guaranteed to be your new favorite side dish. Ready in just 10 minutes, enjoy this easy vegetarian side dish with chicken, beef, or fish.

Recipe Here

Sesame Ginger Seared Bok Choy

Sesame Ginger Seared Bok Choy recipe

Sesame ginger seared baby bok choy is crunchy yet tender and packed with flavor. It’s the perfect side or topper for any Asian-influenced dinner.

Recipe Here

Instant Pot Bok Choy

Instant Pot bok choy is a great healthy and tender side dish to serve with any main Japanese meal.

Recipe Here

Japanese Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied sweet potatoes with sesame are a Japanese delicacy. They are served up as a snack or make a great side dish. 

Recipe Here

Whole Roasted Kabocha Squash

Whole Roasted Kabocha Squash recipe

Roasting a Japanese pumpkin whole is much easier than you think! They make edible serving bowls for your favorite soups, stuffing, or other side dishes.

Recipe Here

Japanese Simmered Squash

Simmering vegetables in dashi is a classic Japanese way to prepare vegetables and kabocha is a favorite. The result is tender, flavorful squash that melts in your mouth.

Recipe Here

Japanese Miso Eggplant

Japanese Miso Eggplant recipe

Super quick-to-make Miso Eggplant is a vegan recipe packed with flavor that everyone can enjoy, Tender eggplant is cooked to perfection then brushed with a miso glaze and broiled. You can also make this like hibachi vegetables, by cooking them on a Japanese grill.

Recipe Here

Kabocha Squash Fries

Kabocha Squash Fries

These crispy, thinly sliced kabocha squash fries are the perfect healthy snack! They can be baked or fried and taste great with any dipping sauce!

Recipe Here

Japanese Mushroom Rice

Japanese Mushroom Rice

Japanese mushroom rice uses simple ingredients but the dish has wonderful earthy and umami flavors. A great side or meal in itself.

Recipe Here

Vegan Nabe – Vegetable Winter Soup

Vegan Nabe - Vegetable Winter Soup

This Japanese-style winter soup is the perfect comfort food worth sharing. It’s loaded with napa cabbage, enoki, and shiitake mushrooms in a savory kombu broth. I just love a good Japanese vegetable soup!

Recipe Here

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