Anko Mochi (Japanese Rice Cake With Sweet Red Bean Paste)

Are you craving a sweet treat? Make this delicious Anko Mochi, the traditional Japanese dessert many people enjoy. With this simple recipe, you can make it right away.

Looking for more Japanese mochi recipes? Try my Chocolate Mochi, Kinako Mochi, or Isobeyaki Mochi!

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Indulge in a taste of Japan with Anko mochi – the classic Japanese sweet treat! This delicious combination of soft, chewy rice cake and aromatic anko paste will satisfy your cravings. Learn how to craft this tasty traditional dessert!

About this recipe

  • Japanese mochi recipe
  • Chewy and sweet treat
  • Only three ingredients
  • Ready in under 10 minutes.

What is Anko Mochi?

anko mochi illustration.

Anko mochi is a Japanese confectionery made from mochi (sticky rice cake) and anko (red bean paste). Combining sweet anko and soft, chewy mochi creates a delicious and satisfying treat that people enjoy anytime.

There is some variation in how anko mochi is made and referred to in different regions of Japan. In some areas, the anko is filled inside the mochi (called daifuku), while in others, the anko is wrapped around or on top of the mochi (like this recipe). Regardless of the specific preparation, anko mochi remains a popular and traditional treat in Japan.

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Anko Mochi:

Kiri mochi and anko.

Ingredients Note

  • Mochi is a traditional Japanese food made from glutinous rice with a gooey and chewy texture. The mochi itself is not sweetened, which makes it a versatile ingredient that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. I use kiri mochi in this recipe, which is a type of mochi pre-cut into rectangular shapes; it’s dried, hard like bar soap, and comes in individual packages. It’s convenient and easy to portion out and use in various recipes.
  • Anko is a sweet paste made from small azuki beans (reddish-brown beans). Japanese cuisine often uses anko as a filling for sweets and confections, such as daifuku mochi, dorayaki, and manjū. It is also widely enjoyed in other East Asian cuisines. The anko paste is made by boiling the azuki beans until they are soft, then sweetening them with sugar. The resulting paste is sweet with a slightly grainy texture due to the mashed beans.

Where to Buy Japanese Ingredients

If you live in the US, you can find Japanese ingredients in the list below.

  • Japanese market: Mitsuwa MarketplaceMarukai
  • Asian market
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Health food stores
  • Online stores: Instacart, Walmart, Amazon

How To Make Anko Mochi: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! For all the detailed ingredients and instructions, go to the printable recipe card below.

How to make anko mochi step by step.

Step 2

Cut kiri mochi into half and cook over medium heat.

How to make anko mochi step by step.

Step 2

Cut kiri mochi into half and cook over medium heat.

How to make anko mochi step by step.

Step 3

Flip the mochi pieces over and cook the other side.

How to make anko mochi step by step.

Step 4

Place the mochi pieces on a plate and put anko sauce over them.

anko mochi is served on a plate.

Serve immediately! If mochi is left out for too long, it can become dry and lose its soft texture.

Various Ways To Cook Mochi

A nonstick pan is a convenient way to cook mochi, but there are several other methods to grill or cook mochi, such as:

  1. Grill – Grilling the mochi on a barbecue or stovetop grill pan is a traditional method. The mochi can be placed on the grill and cooked until it becomes crispy and golden brown.
  2. Oven – The mochi can be baked in the oven by placing it on a baking sheet and baking it until it is golden brown and crispy. This method is excellent if you want to make a large batch of mochi.
  3. Toaster oven – A toaster oven is a quick and easy way to cook small batches of mochi. Simply place the mochi in the toaster oven and cook until it is crispy and golden brown.
  4. Microwave – The mochi can also be cooked in the microwave by placing it on a plate with a little water and microwaving it until it becomes soft. The mochi texture is different, but this method is time-saving as it takes only a few minutes and requires minimal effort.

How to eat it

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Eating anko mochi in small bites and savoring each bite slowly is the best way to appreciate its unique texture and flavor fully. This allows you to experience the soft and chewy texture of the mochi and the sweet and smooth anko paste. Whether you choose a fork, chopsticks, or your fingers, take the time to enjoy it mindfully!

Mochi Dessert Variations

Check out these soft and chewy treats if you are ready to dive into mochi!

  • Daifuku mochi – is filled with sweet red bean paste.
  • Mochi ice cream – is filled with creamy ice cream.
  • Warabi mochi – has a jelly-like texture topped with kinako and drizzled with kuromitsu (black honey).

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Anko Mochi (Japanese Rice Cake With Sweet Red Bean Paste)

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Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 8 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Craving for a sweet treat? Make this delicious Anko Mochi, the traditional Japanese dessert many people enjoy. With this simple recipe, you can make it right away.

Equipment

  • 1 Nonstick pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Make anko sauce by mixing anko and water in a small bowl and warming it up.
  • Cut kiri mochi into half (or quarters for small children).
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Place the mochi pieces onto the pan and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  • Flip the mochi pieces over to cook the other side for 3 minutes and make sure the inside is soft.
  • Place the mochi pieces on a plate and put anko sauce over them.

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Notes

  • Mochi should be enjoyed with caution as a potential choking hazard, especially for the elderly and small children. Cut the mochi into small pieces and chew very well when eating.
  • Serve immediately. If mochi is left out for too long, it can become dry and lose its soft texture.
  • You can use a grill pan, toaster oven, regular oven, or microwave for cooking mochi. See “Various Ways To Cook Mochi” for more information.
  • This Sato no kiri mochi is a famous brand and is pre-cut with a slit, which makes it easier to break apart by hand and cook evenly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 230kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: anko mochi, rice cake
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