18 Best Japanese Vegetarian Recipes For Dinner

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Are you looking for wholesome and tasty Japanese Vegetarian Recipes? Here are 18 easy Japanese dishes that are sure to become favorites that you’ll enjoy over and over again!

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There are many classic meat dishes in Japan, such as curry rice, hambagu (hamburger steak), karaage (fried chicken), gyoza, and more. However, transforming these beloved dishes into meatless alternatives is a breeze. Simply remove the meat or substitute it with plant-based proteins for a delicious and satisfying experience!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love Japanese food.
  • You want to make vegetarian dinner.
  • You are looking for Japanese vegetarian recipes.

Let’s dive in!

1. Tofu Hambagu

Tofu hambagu served with salad.

This healthy Tofu Hambagu is made from 100% tofu. It’s a great dish for vegetarians who love Japanese food but still want to enjoy the taste of hamburger steak with their favorite sauce!

2. Japanese-style Mabo Dofu

Japanese mabo dofu served in a plate.

This Mabo Dofu is Japanese-style mapo tofu made with a light and gentle blend of seasonings that creates an appetizing flavor. You won’t find anything too spicy, but the dish still has enough heat to create a satisfying meal for everyone in your family!

3. Teriyaki Tofu and Mushrooms

Tofu steak with mushrooms.

This Teriyaki Tofu and Mushrooms is a healthy and hearty main dish. Crispy tofu and teriyaki sauce are the best matches.

4. Tofu Stuffed Napa Cabbage Rolls

Napa cabbage roll with tofu served in a bowl.

These Tofu Stuffed Napa Cabbage Rolls are made by wrapping tofu fillings with tender napa cabbage and simmering it. It’s hearty and so delicious!

5. Tofu Quiche

Tofu quiche served in a plate.

The perfect meal for any vegetarian! This Tofu Quiche has plenty of vegetables and soy-based protein to make it filling without the meat.

6. Fried Koyadofu

Koyadofu katsu served with salad, miso soup, and rice.

Fried Koyadofu is a Japanese tonkatsu (fried pork) style recipe, and It’s a healthy vegetarian dish that will make you feel just as satisfied. If you’re looking to make something new or just enjoy tasty food that’s healthy, then try this recipe out!

7. Soy Meat Karaage

Soy meat karaage served in a bowl.

This mouthwatering vegan Soy Meat Karaage is made by marinating soy meat chunks before deep-frying them. If you are vegan but love a flavorful and meaty dish, this recipe is for you!

8. Soy Meat Hambagu

Soy meat hambagu served along with a salad.

The perfect dish for vegetarians, I will show you how to make a vegetarian Soy Meat Hambagu. It is fluffy but has a firm, meaty texture, and you won’t believe it’s meatless! Give this one a try!

9. Tempeh karaage

Tempeh karaage served in a plate.

This is a Japanese-style tempeh dish, Vegan Tempeh Karaage. Marinate the piece of tempeh in homemade sauce and fry it. Simple but super tasty recipe!

10. Tempeh Teriyaki Stir-fry

Tempeh stir fry in a pan.

This Tempeh Teriyaki Stir-fry is a Japanese-style teriyaki flavor dish. It’s tasty, healthy, and easy to make in under 15 minutes.

11. Tempeh Shogayaki

Tempeh Japanese Syogayaki Recipe. Syogayaki is usually with pork but this is vegan version. Ginger, mirin and soy sauce marinade turns an simple taste tempeh into delicious japanese style main dish. chefjacooks.com

This is an easy marinated Tempeh Shogayaki with a Japanese flavor. Shogayaki is similar to teriyaki, but the marinade includes ginger. It’s a great main dish that goes well with Japanese sticky rice.

12. Vegetable Curry

Vegetable curry served in a plate.

The Japanese curry rice is creamy, starchy, and easy for a family dinner. The dish usually contains meat, but this Vegetable Curry has plenty of vegetables to make it vegan or vegetarian. Let’s learn how!

13. Tempeh Dry Curry

Tempeh curry served in a bowl with salad.

Healthy Japanese-style Tempeh Dry Curry without meat. It’s an easy and simple recipe, even if you are not familiar with tempeh.

14. Chickpea Ketchup Rice

Ketchup rice served in a plate.

If you want something quick and easy, this Chickpea Ketchup Rice is perfect for you. All it takes is just stir-frying vegetables, chickpeas, rice, and seasoning with ketchup. It’s ready in under 15 minutes!

15. Natto Chahan

Natto chahan.

Natto Chahan is the best way to enjoy natto and rice. It’s an easy lunch you can make in no time!

16. Vegetable Gyoza

Gyoza served in a plate.

This vegan Vegetable Gyoza is our family’s favorite recipe. It requires only vegetables, but it’s delicious, flavorful, and crispy. You might be surprised that it’s meatless!

17. Fried Shiitake and Eggplant

Panko Crusted Fried Eggplant and Shiitake Mushrooms

Panko-crusted Fried Shiitake Mushrooms and  Fried Eggplant are mouthwatering, easy recipes. These are crispy and juicy and will make your taste buds happy!

18. Tofu Katsu

Tofu katsu served on a plate.

Tofu Katsu is a delicious vegetarian twist on the classic Japanese Ton Katsu (deep-fried pork recipe). Simply coat tofu slices with batter and Japanese breadcrumbs and serve with a delicious sauce. Give it a try and savor the flavorful experience!

Looking For More?

Do you enjoy these healthy recipes? If you’re looking for more variations, check out these Vegetarian Recipes!

What to Serve With

You are not sure what to serve with? I highly recommend serving a simple and easy soup like miso soup, which will complete your healthy dinner. Also, adding more color ingredients to your plate can help satisfy cravings and increase enjoyment. Here are some ideas:

Japanese Vegetarian Dinner #1

Japanese dinner: soy meat hambagu, miso soup, rice, salad

Japanese Vegetarian Dinner #2

Japanese dinner: tempeh teriyaki stir fry, rice, miso soup, tamagoyaki

Japanese Vegetarian Dinner #3

Japanese dinner: fried eggplant and shiitake, gomaae, rice, miso soup

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Tofu katsu served on a plate.

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18 Best Japanese Vegetarian Recipes For Dinner

5 from 4 votes
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Are you looking for wholesome and tasty Japanese Vegetarian Recipes? Here are 18 simple, tasty Japanese dishes that are sure to become favorites that you'll enjoy over and over again!


  • Tofu, soy meat, tempeh, and so on



Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese vegetarian recipes
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