8 Japanese Fish Recipes


Even though sushi may be the first thing you associate with Japan, there are numerous other tempting dishes you can try. Japanese cuisine is diverse and it incorporates various sauces, vegetables, as well as fish like tuna, salmon, eel, etc.

With so many available Japanese fish recipes, it may become a bit difficult to choose the perfect one. That’s why we have created a list of the best recipes you can try next time you want to spice things up in the kitchen. 

Best Japanese Fish Recipes 

1. Tuna Bowl


  • 1 lb sashimi raw tuna
  • 1 tbsp cooking sake
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup of sushi rice
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 shiso perilla leaves
  • 2 tbsp shredded nori
  • Sushi ginger


Mix the sake, soy sauce, and mirin in a saucepan. Place over medium heat. Once the mixture starts to simmer, lower the temperature to medium-low and let it cook for 5 minutes. Once the marinade thickens, allow it to cool.

Slice the fish into small bites. Combine the marinade and tuna in a bowl. Place it in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.

Follow the package instructions to prepare the rice. Place the rice into bowls and top with tuna. Slice the shiso perilla into strips. Place them on top of the fish, sprinkle with the sesame seeds, and put the sushi ginger on the side. Besides, you can also place some nori on top. 

2. Rice Bowl with Grilled Eel


  • 2 eel fillets with skin
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 ½ tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp cooking sake
  • 4 tbsp mirin


Combine the sake and mirin in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, before lowering the heat. Add the sugar, making sure you are constantly stirring until it dissolves. Add the soy sauce and bring to a boil again. Lower the heat and let it cook for about 10 minutes. Let the mixture cool.

Prepare the rice by following the package instructions. Preheat the oven to high. Cut the fillets into small bites. Put the aluminum foil on the baking tray. Place the fish onto the tray and cook for 5-7 minutes. 

Take the eel out of the oven and brush it with the unagi sauce, making sure you leave a small amount for later. Cook the fish for another minute. 

Put the rice in a bowl. Pour the remaining unagi sauce on top, then lay the eel over the rice. 

3. Kaki Fry


  • 10 oz oysters
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • 1 egg
  • White pepper
  • Bread crumbs
  • Oil
  • Tonkatsu sauce


Wash the oysters in saltwater. Drain the water and dry it with paper towels. Season to taste.  Cover the oysters with flour, dip them in egg, and then cover with bread crumbs. 

Heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Make sure the oil is ready before putting the oysters in the fryer. To check this, drop a bread crumb in the oil. If it immediately comes back to the surface, you can start frying.

Fry the oysters until they turn golden brown and they start floating. Fry for 3 minutes, making sure you turn them a few times. Serve with the Tonkatsu sauce and enjoy one of the most delicious Japanese fish dishes.

4. Kazunoko


  • 5 herring roe
  • ½ cup dashi
  • 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • Dried bonito flakes


Soak the bonito flakes in saltwater in the fridge overnight. Remove the membrane. Put the soy sauce, sake, and dashi in a pot and bring it to a boil. Set aside and let the mixture cool.

Put the dash in a bowl, season it, and marinate the bonito flakes in the mixture in the fridge overnight. Tear the herring roe into small pieces. Serve one of the most delicious traditional Japanese fish recipes with dried bonito flakes. 

5. Egg and Salmon Donburi


  • 1 cup dashi
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 thinly sliced onion
  • ¾ cup largely flaked cooked salmon
  • 4 bowls of steamed rice
  • 4 eggs
  • Thinly sliced green onions


Add the sugar, dashi, soy sauce, sake, and mirin in a large pan for cooking fish. Heat the mixture until it boils. 

Add the onion and cook for around 2 minutes over medium heat. Next, add the salmon.

Beat the eggs using a whisker. Pour the eggs over the onion and salmon. Let it cook for another minute.

Place the rice in bowls. Pour the salmon and eggs with sauce over the rice. Sprinkle some green onions and enjoy one of the most delicious Japanese fish dishes.

6. Takoyaki


  • 2 cups dashi
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 2 tbsp chopped pickled red ginger
  • Boiled octopus
  • Takoyaki or Okonomiyaki sauce
  • Oil
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dried bonito flakes
  • Dried green seaweed


Mix eggs, dashi, salt, flour, and soy sauce in a large bowl. 

Oil a Takoyaki pan and place it over high heat. Make sure you use enough oil to coat the whole pan. Pour the batter over the holes of the pan.

Lay the pieces of octopus in each hole, and then sprinkle the ginger and onions over the pan. 

Cook the butter for 1-2 minutes over medium heat. Use a chopstick or a Takoyaki turner to turn the batter. Cook for another 3 minutes, making sure you are turning constantly.

Place the Takoyaki on a plate and pour the mayonnaise and sauce over it. To finish off one of the most popular Japanese fish dishes, sprinkle it with green seaweed and dried bonito flakes. 

7. Salmon Patties


  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 7 ounces red, dried, and flaked salmon
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1 tbsp chopped pickled ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 sliced green onions
  • 1 small chopped red chili
  • Oil
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp wasabi
  • 1 sliced lime


Combine rice, salmon, ½ the breadcrumbs, ginger, egg, soy sauce, chili, green onions, and cilantro. Mix well. Shape the mixture into twelve even patties. Sprinkle over the remaining breadcrumbs. Cool it in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

Heat enough oil in a frying pan. Cook the patties for 8 minutes, making sure you turn them halfway through. Drain the salmon patties using paper towels. In the meantime, combine wasabi and mayonnaise in a bowl. Serve the dish with the wasabi mayonnaise mixture and lime slices. 

8. Fish and Noodle Soup


  • 14 oz tilapia
  • 2 pieces kombu kelp
  • 1 cup lightly packed bonito flakes
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 lb kelp noodles
  • 2 tbsp of coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp coconut water vinegar
  • 4 cups loosely packed greens


Place the bonito and kombu kelp in a large pot and add water. Bring it to a boil using high heat. Lower the temperature and let it simmer for 10 minutes. 

In the meantime, chop the greens and cut the fish using a fillet knife. Pour the broth through a strainer to remove kombu and bento. Place the broth over medium heat, add the coconut aminos and vinegar. 

Add the fish to the broth and let it simmer for 5 minutes. If you are using less tender greens, add them with the fish. If you are using tender greens, add them after the fish is ready and simmer for 1 minute.

Add the noodles and let them cook for 2-3 minutes or until they are soft enough. Serve and enjoy one of the best Japanese fish recipes for colder days. 



Q: What is Nitsuke?


Nitsuke refers to a Japanese cooking technique in which food, especially fish, is simmered in dashi stock. Dashi stock is usually flavored with either miso or soy sauce. Nitsuke dishes are typically served as a part of every meal except breakfast and are essential in any fish cookbook.

Q: What Kind of Fish Can You Catch in Japan?


The most common fish species you can catch in Japan are sea bream, flounder, and the Japanese sea perch. In addition, you can come across albacore tuna, yellowtail tuna, skipjack tuna, mahi-mahi, octopus, horse mackerel, squid, and sea bass among other species. 

Q: How Do You Grill Hokke?


You have to add water to the bottom tray of the grill in case you are using older models. Press the button to turn on the grill and adjust the temperature. Preheat it for around 5 minutes. Next, place hokke on the metal part and cook until crispy.

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In case you’re looking for a way to spice things up in the kitchen, you should try some of the most delicious Japanese fish dishes. Japanese cuisine uses a variety of ingredients, spices, and cooking techniques so there’s something to suit every taste.

You can use tuna, eel, salmon, or even octopus to create amazingly appetizing meals. Just make sure you closely follow our recipe guide to get the best possible results. Enjoy!

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