Japanese Appetizer Recipes

Gyoza, yakitori, and tempura are a few of the easy and delicious Japanese appetizers you'll find at Allrecipes.com.

Staff Picks

Tofu Hiyayakko

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
This is one of the really traditional easy dishes in Japan. My dad likes it so much. We often eat this dish with the rice, miso soup, grilled fish and Japanese pickles in the morning.

Vegetarian Nori Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
Delicious nori rolls that look great too. Even people who haven't eaten Japanese before liked these. Impress your friends!
By Allrecipes Member


Rating: 4 stars 50
'Okonomi' means 'whatever you like' and 'yaki' means 'cook or fry.' Serve with your favorite sauce: sweet and sour, Tonkatsu, sweet chili, etc.

Yakitori Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 44
Chicken is marinated in a soy sauce, sake and ginger sauce, then threaded onto skewers and broiled with leeks for an easy, tasty and fun meal.
By dakota kelly

Chakin Sushi

Rating: 4 stars 2
This is Japanese girl's festival food. This sushi is wrapped in very thin egg sheets. Inside is a vinegar rice ball. I used an Italian parsley sprig as the tie. The look is so cute!


Rating: 4.5 stars 203
I learned this recipe for pot stickers while living in Japan. They're great hot or cold, and may be eaten plain or with the dipping sauce. Any ground meat can be substituted for pork.
By Mersi

Beef Kushiyaki

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
A Japanese favorite.

Crispy Shrimp Tempura

Rating: 4 stars 36
Shrimp tempura, Japanese style. Serve this at dinner as an appetizer or to your party guests as finger food.

Perfect Sushi Rice

Rating: 4 stars 529
The sushi rice made with this recipe comes out perfectly and can be used for sushi rolls or nigiri.

Japanese Tamago Egg

Rating: 4.5 stars 40
This tasty rolled omelet will make a great addition to your sushi platter.
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Cream Cheese and Crab Sushi Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars 47
Delicious and surprisingly simple to make. Sushi is expensive to buy at the supermarket, so making your own will save you tons of money. My husband is a sushi freak! I make this for him all the time.

Cucumber and Avocado Sushi

Rating: 4.5 stars 62
Cucumber and avocado sushi! These rolls are easy to make and you can add either fake crab or smoked salmon. Serve with teriyaki or soy sauce and wasabi!
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Inspiration and Ideas

What Is Tempura and How Is It Made? 
Learn to make this staple Japanese dish at home using ingredients you likely have on hand. 
The Best Japanese Street Food Snacks, Appetizers, and Small Bites
We're takin' it to the street! From classic skewers like yakitori to super-simple pre-dinner snacks like edamame, explore the best of Japanese street foods and small nibbles.
Japanese Oyster Shooters
Rating: 4.5 stars 2

Impress guests with these exotic Japanese oyster and quail egg shots. Sweet and salty flavors come together for a taste explosion!