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Cooking Japanese at Home

There's no need to go out when you can make your own restaurant-quality sushi, tempura, veggies and more

6. Classic California Roll

by Hiroko Shimbo

The California roll is one of the most beloved sushi varieties in America, and this recipe allows you to make it at home. Use either real or imitation crabmeat, paired with Hiroko Shimbo's recipes for Spicy Sriracha Mayonnaise Sauce and sushi rice.

Per serving (not including Sriracha mayonnaise sauce or sushi rice): 117 calories, 1g saturated fat, 5g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 2g fiber, 83mg sodium. Per serving (only Sriracha mayonnaise sauce): 100 calories, 2g saturated fat, 1g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 0g fiber, 264mg sodium. Per serving (only sushi rice): 100 calories, 0g saturated fat, 22g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 0g fiber, 459mg sodium

7. Gingery Glazed Halibut With Carrots and Baby Bok Choy

by Joe Yonan

This recipe for one can be multiplied easily. Bok choy is a healthy vegetable common in Japanese cooking, and Shaoxing cooking wine (or mirin) adds the authentic flavor to this healthy dish.

Per serving: 395 calories, 1g saturated fat, 17g carbohydrates, 38g protein, 4g fiber, 366mg sodium

8. Miso-Marinated Black Cod With Sesame Spinach

by Joey Altman

The Japanese style of preparing fish by marinating it in a mixture of miso, mirin and sake, then briefly broiling it, is high in flavor but relatively low in fat. Black cod is an incredibly sweet and buttery fish, but you can substitute white sea bass or Pacific halibut if you can't find it. You can pair the fish with Joey Altman's Sesame Spinach recipe (or a simpler one, below).

Per serving: 230 calories, 0g saturated fat, 13g carbohydrates, 32g protein, 1g fiber, 522mg sodium

9. Spinach With Roasted Sesame Seeds

by Madhur Jaffrey

This dish includes just four ingredients and is done in less than 15 minutes. It's also a more exciting preparation than simply boiling the spinach (and far healthier than creaming it). Who said cooking Japanese at home wasn't easy?

Per serving: 50 calories, 0g saturated fat, 5g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 3g fiber, 466mg sodium

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