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Thekiantra Morriston
Published: 20 Oct 2022

Japanese-style side dish ideas, really delicious!

Hi Neighbors! Confused about what to cook for a side dish? we have collected some side dishes from Japan that can be used as inspiration for simple and uncomplicated cooking ingredients! Let's talk about Japanese-style side dish ideas.

Spinach Ohitashi

This Japanese Spinach Salad uses a simple method called Ohitashi to incorporate vegetables with a subtle, umami flavor. This is one of the common techniques the Japanese use to prepare vegetable dishes. This method helps retain the best of the vegetable's nutrients. Simply boil vegetables such as spinach horenzo in a short time, then serve with Japanese stock or broth of your choice. Don't forget to sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Ajitsuke Tamago

Trust me, the most beautiful egg Ramen (Ajitsuke Tamago) is not just for ramen!! These eggs are absolutely delicious as a side dish or your bento. To make vinegar, boil eggs for 6 minutes in boiling water, peel them, and soak them in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, and mirin/sugar. Soak for at least a day and the Ajitama is ready to be served chilled.


This Japanese Cold Tofu (Hiyayakko) is usually topped with katsuobushi, scallion, grated ginger and seasoned with a little soy sauce. But feel free to change the toppings and seasonings. Replace katsuobushi with sweetcorn, wakame, chopped tomatoes, scallions for vegetarian or vegan options. This tofu is a nutritious side dish that can be made anytime!

Sauteed bean sprout

Stir-fried with sesame oil and also a sprinkling of chili powder, this bean sprout is perfect served with warm rice and gives a kick to your plate!

Kani Salad

Stuffed with cucumber, sweetcorn, crab sticks and lettuce in a creamy Japanese mayo and ponzu sauce, it's mouth-watering Thanks to its complementary flavors, crab salad not only goes well with Japanese or Asian dishes, but also goes well with Western-style dishes.

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