“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!

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Trying Octopus for The First Time? Takoyaki Might Be Best.

September 18, 2017

Shop's takoyaki

Shop's takoyaki

Our recipe's takoyaki

Our recipe's takoyaki

I think that there are probably not many countries where octopus is eaten. In some cases, it may be prohibited by religion. Although many people have never eaten it, Japanese have eaten it since long ago. In Japanese cuisine, it is often used as in ingredient for sashimi, sushi, vinegared octopus and boiled octopus dishes. In addition takoyaki (octopus dumplings) is quite popular. Takoyaki is baked balls of flour dough, boiled octopus and green onion. Takoyaki sauce (based on Worcestershire sauce) is poured over them. Some Japanese eat takoyaki at meals, but there are more people who eat it as a snack. Because octopus is hidden inside the balls, people eating it for the first time may not know that octopus is an ingredient, and be surprised at how delicious it is. Therefore, takoyaki is recommended for those who want to try octopus for the first time. Takoyaki originated in Osaka and spread throughout the Japan. Because takoyaki can be bought anywhere, why not try it when you are in Japan?



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, Japanese Food Lovers' Comments, Word Tidbits and Japanese Food Tips.

  • 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.