10 vegetarian Japanese-inspired recipes | BBC Good Food


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We’ve put our own veggie-friendly spin on these Japanese-inspired recipes to create satisfying meat-free midweek meals. Try a family-friendly bowlful brimming with noodles, comforting curries with time-saving shortcuts or a nourishing super salad. Stock up on some useful staple ingredients, like soy sauce, garlic, ginger and some fresh veg, then dive in.

If we’ve whet your appetite, find more delicious Japanese recipes in our main collection, from homemade sushi to a stack of fluffy Japanese pancakes. Try making a batch of our freezable vegetable gyoza and serve as a side with your veggie main. The fillings can be adapted to your taste, enjoy these delicious dumplings with a savoury soy dipping sauce.

Yaki udon in wok with pickled ginger

Our take on yaki udon is the ideal throw-together dinner for two when you’re craving veg that packs a punch. This simple, healthy dish with chunky udon noodles topped with fiery pickled ginger is even low in calories. The mild curry kick from the sauce is great for satisfying those midweek cravings.

Aubergine katsu curry on plate with cucumber and rice

Pair crunchy golden-brown aubergine slices with a simple curry sauce and rice for a filling family feast. Our veggie take on the classic katsu curry takes just 15 minutes to prepare. We guarantee it’ll be a new Friday night favourite. Try serving with our chilli green salad for a bit of added colour and crunch.

Tofu salad on plate with radishes and greens

Our Japanese-inspired tofu salad is anything but bland and boring. The shichimi togarashi spice mix coating the tofu adds some serious kick and the crunchy veg adds some bite and texture to this colourful plate. A subtly sweet citrus dressing pulls the whole dish together.

Okonomiyaki on plate with ginger and pickles

Our nutritious veggie version of a traditional okonomiyaki is packed with crunchy cabbage, pak choi and spring onions. Believe it or not, you can go from chopping and slicing to plating up in just 25 minutes, perfect for a speedy low-calorie lunch. Serve with a drizzle of zesty lime mayo and a little wasabi on the side for a fiery accompaniment.

Bowl of hoisin noodles with vegetables

This healthy, low-calorie, vegan stir fry packs in four of your 5-a-day. The homemade hoisin sauce is made with Chinese five spice and apple cider vinegar to boost the flavour.

Saucy Japanese greens with rice on plate with fork

Serve up long-stemmed broccoli with a spicy miso ginger dressing and nutty sesame sushi rice. This simple supper is vegan too so perfect for satisfying everyone’s dietary needs. The stir-fried broccoli and pak choi brings plenty of crunch to this easy dish. The spoonful of brown sugar in the dressing adds just enough sweetness to balance out the zingy rice wine vinegar.

Vegan ramen in bowls

The combination of dried shiitake mushrooms and a spoonful of miso paste create the perfect savoury broth base for our vegan ramen. Pile on additional extras like spicy sriracha, crushed peanuts and crumbled sheets of nori for tasty final touches that are well worth the effort. Make this bowl brimming with noodles and veggies in just 25 minutes and slurp to your heart’s content.

Miso mushrooms with noodles on plate

Chunky portobello mushrooms make a great meaty substitute and a filling main course. Let rich, umami flavours take centre stage in this ultra-satisfying supper you can prep in just 10 minutes. If you’re not a fan of mushrooms, try swapping in aubergines, halved through the centre and cooked the same way.

Miso-glazed tofu salad on plate

Take inspiration from different cuisines and pair up a Japanese-style marinade with a zingy Korean-inspired salad. This simple recipe brings plenty of colour and crunch to the plate in just a few easy steps. The savoury miso and soy glaze transforms often-bland tofu into sticky triangles of tastiness. Read our guide on how to press tofu to ensure crispy tofu slices.

Use up the rest of the block with our best firm tofu recipes for more veggie-friendly dinners.

Enjoyed these recipes? Learn even more about Japan and Japanese cuisine…

How to make gyoza
How to cook Japanese food
Why is the Japanese diet so healthy?
How to make sushi

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