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After being postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Summer Olympics are finally here. The games begin on July 23 and close on August 8. If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the quadrennial event’s arrival, chances are you’re ready to kick back with a cold beer and good food and cheer on your nation’s team as they swim, leap, dive, run and more in Japan.
Grilling is an important aspect of summer so there’s no better time to make these Japanese-inspired grilled teriyaki beef and asparagus skewers than during the Summer Tokyo Olympics. Add it to your growing list of the best grilling recipes.
Of course, any sports watch party isn’t complete without a plate of wings. These Japanese-inspired wings are tossed in a combination of sake, soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Sprinkle the nutty, salty wings with wasabi furikake seasoning and green onions before serving.
If you were planning to pay homage to Japan during the Olympics by visiting your favorite sushi restaurant, try making a roll at home. This spicy sushi roll is easy enough for beginners to make from scratch. Just be sure to buy the highest quality sushi-grade tuna available at your local fish market.
Miso was first introduced to Japan 1,300 years ago and it remains a treasured ingredient throughout the country. In this recipe the salty, earthy paste is mixed with rice wine vinegar, Indonesian sambal oelek and other traditional Asian ingredients to make a vinaigrette for salads.
Perhaps the most popular way to utilize miso — at least in the United States — is in soup. The popular Japanese meal can be made with a variety of optional ingredients, but for this recipe, additions include napa cabbage, shrimp and cilantro.
Grilled meat skewers are a popular street food in Japan. Serve the yakitori-inspired skewers as an appetizer or with the Brussels sprouts salad for a complete weeknight dinner.
Japanese curry can be served in various ways, and this mix of potatoes, carrots, onions and meat is total comfort food. Here, the curry is served with rice and crispy pork tonkatsu.
This take on Japanese-style curry forgoes the potatoes and uses apples instead. The sweetness adds a nice balance to the spice provided from the curry powder and cayenne pepper. Serve it with rice or cooked noodles with a fried egg on top.
Although some parts of the world are battling 90-degree days, ramen is eaten year-round in Japan. Yep, even during the throngs of summer. Not only will this ramen recipe delight your taste buds, it’s also one of the best ways to use up leftover chicken. Just throw it into the broth with the rest of the ingredients and dig in.
Wasabi is an important part of Japanese food culture. The word even appears in Japan's oldest encyclopedia of medicinal plants. Here, it’s mixed with lemon and lime juice, soy sauce, egg and oil to create a homemade flavored mayo that’s great for putting on top of the best burger recipes.
If you’re tuning into the Olympics on a weeknight and want to make a meal with easy clean-up, try beef sukiyaki. This take on the traditional Japanese one-pot dish is made by cooking beef with a blend of mushrooms, green onions, bok choy, tofu and noodles in a seasoned beef broth until all the flavors meld together.
For an interactive meal, consider making shabu-shabu. The hotpot dish is prepared by making dashi flavored with Japanese seaweed and bonito shavings and leaving it simmering on a burner or in a fondue pot. Let guests cook their own beef, tofu, carrots, bok choy and other ingredients by swishing them around in the hot broth.
Ready in just 15 minutes, this teriyaki tuna dish is great to serve on busy nights when you still want a themed dinner. The tuna itself needs to be marinated and cooked for a few minutes on a skillet, then feel free to add other elements to the meal, like rice and sauteed greens.
Mirin is a rice wine comparable to sake but with more sugar and less alcohol content. When heated, the sugars in mirin form a delectable glaze on salmon — as in this recipe — or other proteins.
You can tempura just about any vegetable, seafood or meat but the star of the battering and frying process in this recipe is asparagus. The springtime veggie can be used in frittatas and fresh salads but it’s equally as delicious when it gets drenched in batter and deep-fried.
This grilled chicken ramen bowl is pretty straightforward to assemble, but the ingredient that makes it so special is the soy-wasabi eggs. They’re made by soaking hard-boiled eggs in wasabi and soy sauce for about 20 minutes until eggs are golden in color.
Japanese milk pudding, also referred to as purin, has a texture comparable to flan but it’s flavor is reminiscent of ice cream. It can be enjoyed plain or topped with black sugar sauce, ginger-lemon sauce or macerated blueberries. This recipe gives options for all three.
Kasutera is a popular Japanese sponge cake that's incredibly soft and slightly sweet. Different varieties of the cake are available — some use powdered green tea or brown sugar — but this recipe uses honey to add an extra layer of sweetness to the dessert.
Made by grinding tea-leaves into a powder, matcha is an important ingredient in Japanese culture. Although it’s commonly enjoyed as a beverage, it’s mixed with hot chocolate in this recipe and turned into a marbled cake.
In addition to being added to dessert, matcha can also be used to bring an earthy quality to smoothies. Mix it with pineapple, spinach, banana and coconut like this recipe does or try adding it to any other healthy smoothie recipe that tastes great.
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