Recipes for Japanese Spring Dishes

Easy, Quick and Delicious

What are spring delicacies in Japanese cooking? Here are 6 popular springtime dishes.

  • 01 of 02

    Ichigo Daifuku

    A plate of ichigo daifuku
    Izumi05 / Getty Images

    Ichigo daifuku are Japanese daifuku cakes with strawberry and anko fillings.

    There are many varieties of Daifuku, but it’s the same soft mochi exterior with different stuffing.  During the spring time, Japanese confectionery shops sell this seasonal Daifuku with a whole strawberry as the filling, called Strawberry Daifuku (Ichigo Daifuku in Japanese).  The combination of fresh soft mochi, sweet anko, and juicy and tart strawberry is a match made in heaven.

  • 02 of 02

    Stir-fried Cabbage

    Asian cabbage on cutting board
    BRETT STEVENS/Getty Images

    Cabbage is often cooked with canned tuna. It's a quick dish to make with spring cabbage.

    A very simple stir-fry dish. The reason for using only soya sauce for stir-frying cabbage is that it brings out the natural sweetness in the cabbage itself. In Japanese, “yasa” means vegetables and “itame" means stir fry.