Japanese Appetizers

When thinking of your next Japanese-inspired meal, don't forget the appetizers. Choose from an array of great appetizer recipes to take your next Japanese dinner to the next level.

See Popular Japanese Appetizers Recipes

Crispy Udon Noodles with Nori Salt

Food & Wine

Inspired by a snack served at Japanese restaurants, Marcia Kiesel boils udon noodles until they are just al dente, then ties them into small bundles and quickly fries them in a shallow layer of vegetable oil. They are addictively crunchy.

Total: 35 mins

Salmon Sashimi with Ginger and Hot Sesame Oil

Food & Wine

Tim Cushman is a master at preparing raw fish. Here he dresses salmon with a little citrus-soy dressing, then tops it with fresh ginger and chives before bathing it in a hot sesame-oil mixture. The heat from the oil cooks the salmon just slightly, creating a luxurious texture and fragrance.

Total: 20 mins

Japanese Spiced Eggplant

Food & Wine

To enhance eggplant's savoriness, chef Allen Susser (an F&W Best New Chef 1991) glazes it with soy sauce and mirin and sprinkles it with togarashi, a tangerine-scented Japanese spice blend of chiles, sesame seeds, and dried seaweed.

Total: 25 mins
Total: 20 mins

Ginger Shrimp

Better Homes and Gardens

The Asian spices in this make-ahead appetizer pair nicely with a dry champagne.

Sashimi Plate with Pickled Ginger

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Total: 30 mins

Baked Vegetable Tempura

Diabetic Living

The wide variety of veggies in this tempura recipe provides vitamins, minerals, and health-promoting plant compounds. The mustard in the dipping sauce contains curcumin, a compound that makes mustard yellow and exhibits anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

California Sushi Rolls

Better Homes and Gardens

Roll your own low-fat sushi with a combination of fillings. Finish it off by dipping in a ginger-based sauce.

Total: 30 mins

Good Luck Recipes for a Great New Year's Blast

You're in luck for this year's New Year's Eve party. True, you make your own luck, as the saying goes. But when it comes to food, many of us take that adage literally, and when New Year's rolls around, we make foods that are meant to bring good fortune in the coming year.

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