Being stuck at home doesn’t mean that amazing food is off the menu. More so than ever, now’s the time to start honing those cooking skills so you can whip up enjoyable dishes without having to strain your wallet.
And what better way to start than with the simplest Japanese dishes out there? Japan is the food capital of the world, and a lot of Japan’s staple dishes are super straightforward and can be cooked in less time than it takes to order a takeaway.
So, we’ve compiled four Japanese dishes which can be made in 30 minutes or less. You don’t need to be a master chef to pull any of these recipes off!

1. Beef Gyudon

Gyudon is a dish of thinly-cut beef strips, cooked in a sweet mixture of soy sauce, mirin and served on top of white rice. There are different things which be used as toppings to add flavor, but the most common is addition is sake. It’s often finished off with a fried or poached egg and pieces of sliced onion.
Gyudon originated around the early 1900s under the guide of a similar dish, Gyunabe. Gyunabe consisted of thin slices of beef slow-cooked in a pot over vegetables, and eventually, rice and savory toppings were added and the dish evolved in gyudon. It remains a quick, easy-to-make meal and a popular lunch in Japan. So popular, in fact, that it’s also made its way to the west! Here’s how Hana from the US makes her own beef gyudon.
Ingredients
– 3 eggs
– 100g sliced beef
– ½ tbsp honey
– ½ tsp white vinegar
– ¼ piece onion
– 2 cloves minced garlic
– ½ tsp ginger paste
– 150ml water
– 2 tbsp soy sauce
– ½ tbsp sugar
– ¼ tsp salt
– 50ml white wine
– 170g white rice
– 200ml water
Recipe
1. Marinate the sliced beef with honey and ginger paste, then leave it for around 10 minutes.
2. Pour water, soy sauce, white wine, sugar, and salt into saucer and simmer over medium heat.
3. Add sliced onion and marinated beef, stirring until beef has cooked through and liquid has reduced to a broth.
4. Ensure all the pieces of sliced beef are cooked evenly, then add salt and sugar according to taste.
– Hana, United States.

2. Baked Salmon Teriyaki

Simplicity is at the heart of this tasty teriyaki dish. Salmon is super healthy and easy to cook, so this one’s perfect for when you want to whip up something fast and still count the calories.
Traditionally, "teriyaki" refers to broiling or grilling food in a sweet soy sauce marinade, but the sauce itself has made its way to the west, and come to be known as "teriyaki sauce".
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