Best Japanese Mochi Recipes

List of Top Traditional & Unique Japanese Rice Cake Recipes

Mochi, or Japanese rice cakes, is one of Japan's favorite foods. It is not only a traditional food with many ways to enjoy it, but it is also incorporated into modern dishes of various international cuisines. The following is a recipe list of many wonderful and varied ways to enjoy rice cakes.

For a primer on mochi, please enjoy this article on our blog: Everything You Need to Know About Mochi.

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    Sakura Mochi
    Mochi for Girl's Day, Hinamatsuri. Yoshika Sakai/Moment/Getty Images

     Sakura mochi, or cherry blossom rice cakes, are a traditional Japanese dessert that is enjoyed on March 3rd, or Girl's Day, also known as Hinamatsuri or Doll Festival.

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    Yaki Mochi (Grilled Japanese Rice Cake). Gyro Imagenavi/RF/Getty Images

     Learn how to easily grill Japanese rice cakes (mochi), for a rustic and favorite dish.

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    Oshogatsu Osechi Ryori Miso Ozoni
    Saikyo Miso Ozoni (White Miso Mochi Soup for New Years). Photo Credit: Imagenvi/Getty Images

    Ozoni is a Japanese soup with rice cake (mochi) enjoyed on New Year's Day (Oshogatsu). This version is made of a white miso from the Saikyo region of Japan.

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    Vegan Ozoni. Getty Images

    There are many variations of Japanese New Year's soup or ozoni. This traditional dish can easily be made vegan by using a konbu (kelp) dashi and vegetables.

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    Matcha Mochi
    Matcha Mochi Bars (Green Tea Rice Cakes). Photo Credit: © Judy Ung

     Mochi bars are a sweet dessert made of glutinous rice flour and matcha powder and baked in the oven until the center is chewy and gooey and a light crisp crust is formed.

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    Kinako Mochi (Rice Cake with Sweet Roasted Soy Bean Flour). Photo Credit: © Judy Ung

    Kinako mochi is one of the simplest ways to enjoy Japanese rice cakes. Kinako, or roasted soybean flour, is mixed with granulated white sugar and then dusted over warmed rice cakes.

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    Tofu Mochi (Soy Bean Rice Cake) with Honey and Kinako (Soy Bean Flour). Photo Credit: © Judy Ung

    Tofu Mochi is rice cake made with tofu and glutinous rice flour, then seasoned with a light dusting of sweetened roasted soy bean flour (kinako).

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    Norimaki Mochi (Sweet Soy Glazed Rice Cake with Seaweed). Photo Credit: © Judy Ung

    Norimaki mochi also referred to as "isobeyaki" is a toasted rice cake seasoned with a sweet soy sauce glaze and wrapped in a crisp piece of dried seaweed (nori).

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    Fried Mochi Rice Cake (Arare or Japanese Rice Crackers)
    Rice Crackers (Okaki); Fried Mochi Rice Cake. Photo Credit: Gary Conner/Stockbyte/Getty Images

    Rice crackers aren't just for buying at your local grocery store. It can be made at home fairly easily. Find out how!

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    Chi Chi Dango. © Hideki Ueha

    Chi chi dango mochi also referred to as coconut mochi, are small pillowy soft, bite-sized pieces of rice cake that are often made in colorful batches or fruit flavors.

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    Chimaki Japanese Dumpling. Photo Credit: © Judy Ung

    Chimaki is a dessert that is traditionally served on Boy's Day or Japanese Children's Day on May 5th. It is a sweet, sticky rice cake wrapped in bamboo leaf.