“J-Simple Recipes” is the abbreviation for “Japanese Simple Recipes.”
We explain Japanese recipes you can easily cook, as well as typical meals, foodstuffs & table manners.

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You can cook Japanese food easily at home!

Steak Tuna with Soy Sauce & Garlic

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Matsusaka Gyu (Matsusaka Beef)

April 17, 2017

Matsusaka gyu

Matsusaka gyu

Cooked Matsusaka gyu steak

Cooked Matsusaka gyu steak

Eating Matsusaka gyu steak

Eating Matsusaka gyu steak

I introduced the topic of wagyu (Japanese beef) before. Japanese beef cattle are raised in many cities in Japan, but the most famous place for Matsusaka beef is Matsusaka City located in Mie Prefecture. (This is also a city near Ise Shrine, the top Shinto shrine in Japan.) The features of wagyu are fine sashi (marbling), soft meat quality, elegant scent and good texture. Matsusaka gyu is the top quality of this luxury beef and is exquisitively tasty. It is used in sukiyaki, shabu shabu, steak and yakiniku (Japanese barbecue) dishes. If you are interested in Matsusaka gyu while in Japan, you should go to Matsusaka City or large cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya where you will find many restaurants and meat shops which serve Matsusaka gyu dishes. When you eat upscale Matsusaka gyu, it quickly melts in your mouth and leaves a wonderful umami taste that will last a long time.



J-Simple Recipes

What kind of impression do you have when you say Japanese food?
You may imagine healthy, colorful, beautiful, high quality, traditional, etc. Can you imagine cooking Japanese food at home? Most people may think that it is difficult.
However, we think otherwise. Therefore, here at J-Simple Recipes (Japanese Simple Recipes) we have prepared recipes for traditional Japanese dishes and international dishes with a Japanese twist which can easily be made at home. It may be difficult to obtain all Japanese foodstuffs and seasonings, so we have included substitutions you can make. If you cannot get any Japanese foodstuffs or seasonings at the shops in your neighborhood, you can purchase them at numerous sites on the Internet.
At J-Simple Recipes, we have three keywords: “Simple,” “Healthy” and “Delicious.”


We want you to continue to cook Japanese food for a long time, so we have made the recipes simple.


Because the Japanese cuisine has many low-calorie foods, you can have a healthy meal naturally and may not gain weight even if you eat a little too much.


You may think that healthy and easy- to-cook food is not delicious, but that is not so with J-Simple Recipes.

J-Simple Recipes includes some international dishes with a Japanese twist, too. For example, even if you are just frying meat or vegetables, you can add soy sauce as the final seasoning in order to give any international dish a Japanese twist. So you can easily begin to like Japanese food.
Everyone has their own eating traditions, but if you add just a few Japanese recipes, your cooking experience will expand. So please enjoy cooking Japanese food.
At J-Simple Recipes, we have six categories:

Japanese/Int'l. Recipes

Japanese food and international dishes with a Japanese twist. It is the main part of this site.

Traditional Recipes

Japanese recipes for rice dishes and miso soup.


An introduction to foodstuffs used in Japanese cooking.

Typical Meals

An introduction to the typical breakfast, lunch and dinner of the Japanese people.

Table Manners

This section on table manners is designed to help you in eating Japanese dishes.

J-Food Plaza

This section includes Mago wa Yasashii and Japanese Food Lovers' Comments.

  • Mago wa Yasashii
    • Japanese recipes that are particularly healthy.
  • Japanese Food Lovers' Comments
    • In this section, you can read comments from our website users about Japanese food.
  • Word Tidbits
    • Here, by clicking on the “more” button or photo, you can find the Kana and Kanji for each recipe listed on our site, and also hear audio of the Japanese name for each recipe.
  • Japanese Food Tips
    • In this section, we introduce interesting and possibly little known facts about Japanese food.