Some easy recipes for Japanese dishes include Grilled Japanese Eggplant from the Food Network, Japanese Cold Noodles from Epicurious, and Japanese Squash and Soba Noodle Soup from Martha Stewart. Many Japanese dishes utilize dashi, which is a Japanese sea stock that is made from boiling water with kombu and bonito flakes.
The Grilled Japanese Eggplant recipe from the Food Network is quick to make and can be used as a main or side dish for Japanese cuisine. The eggplant is cut in half and marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, dry sherry, toasted sesame oil, garlic, salt and pepper. After marinating at room temperature for 1 hour, the eggplant is quickly grilled, about 3 minutes for each side, and garnished with toasted sesame seeds.
The Japanese Cold Noodles recipe from Epicurious is simply somen noodles served with a dipping sauce. The somen noodles are boiled until they are translucent and then served in bowls with ice water. The sauce is a mixture of dashi, usukuchi shoyu, sugar, mirin and shoyu. The sauce is boiled and then refrigerated until cold and served with the noodles.
The Japanese Squash and Soba Noodle Soup from Martha Stewart is a quick soup that takes just 30 minutes to prepare. Soba noodles are boiled and then served with a soup made of dashi, soy sauce, kobocha squash and mushrooms and garnished with tofu and scallions.