Learn how to cook a pumpkin with these delicious Japanese Kabocha Squash Recipes. Try it sweet or savory – there are many ways to bring out its unique flavors!
Let’s dive into these delicious Japanese kabocha squash recipes. They are simple and easy to make from desserts, salads, soups, and savory side dishes! Most of these recipes are vegan and vegetarian, using minimal ingredient lists.
- This recipe is for you if:
- You love kabocha squash.
- You want to know how to cook kabocha squash.
- You are looking for Japanese kabocha squash recipes.
I hope you find your favorite recipe and enjoy this tasty and versatile winter squash to the fullest! Let’s get started!
1. Kabocha Dango (Vegan)
This Kabocha Dango is an easy Japanese pumpkin dessert with only 2 ingredients. Mix mashed kabocha and starch and pan-fry. That’s it! It’s chewy, starchy, and so tasty!
Make this recipe: Kabocha Dango
2. Kabocha Squash Muffins (Vegan)
This Vegan Kabocha squash muffin is made from Japanese pumpkin, which is starchy and sweet. No butter or eggs are used, but it’s fluffy, moist, and super easy to make.
Make this recipe: Kabocha Squash Muffins (Vegan)
3. Kabocha Squash Cookies (Vegan)
If you are looking for a Japanese pumpkin recipe, try these easy kabocha squash cookies. It’s so crunchy and tasty that you can’t stop eating it!
Make this recipe: Kabocha Squash Cookies (Vegan)
4. Kabocha Squash Miso Soup (Vegan adaptable)
This kabocha miso soup is an authentic Japanese soup packed with umami of niboshi dashi. It’s hearty, easy, and so delicious.
Make this recipe: Kabocha Miso Soup
5. Veggie-Loaded Kabocha Squash Soup (Vegan)
On a cold day, nothing beats the rich and creamy flavor of Veggie-Loaded Kabocha Soup. This Japanese-style soup will warm you up all over!
Make this recipe: Veggie-Loaded Kabocha Soup
6. Lotus Root & Kabocha Squash Salad (Vegan)
You’re going to love this healthy and easy Japanese lotus root salad for fall! This delicious salad is made with roasted lotus root and kabocha squash tossed in seasoned hijiki seaweed.
Make this recipe: Japanese Lotus Root Salad
7. Kabocha Squash Salad with Egg (Vegetarian)
This easy-to-make kabocha squash salad will be ready in 15 minutes! This salad is perfect if you’re looking for a simple kabocha dish on your menu.
Make this recipe: Kabocha Salad With Egg
8. Veggie Quinoa Salad (Vegan)
Here is a recipe for Veggie Quinoa Salad with kabocha and carrots. It is easy to make, colorful, and perfect for everyday use or house party.
Make this recipe: Veggie Quinoa Salad
9. Kabocha Squash Soup (Vegetarian)
If you are looking for an early fall soup recipe, try this easy Kabocha Squash Soup! Its rich flavors and silky texture make it a perfect comforting soup on chilly days!
Make this recipe: Kabocha Squash Soup
10. Simmered Kabocha (Vegan)
This Simmered Kabocha is an easy and delicious side dish made by simmering kabocha with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. It’s perfect if you are looking for a simple kabocha recipe.
Make this recipe: Simmered Kabocha (Kabocha Nimono)
11. Fried Kabocha Squash (Vegan)
If you’re looking for a super easy kabocha squash recipe, why not try these Japanese-style fried kabocha squash? It’s ready in 10 minutes and tastes so good!
Make this recipe: Fried Kabocha Squash
12. Leftover Roasted Vegetables (Vegan)
My favorite way is roasting it. Place large chunks of kabocha on a sheet pan, combine with sea salt and olive oil, and roast for 20 minutes at preheated 200C/392F. It’s simple, but you can enjoy the natural sweetness of the squash.
Make this recipe: Leftover Roasted Vegetables
13. Kabocha Tempura (Vegetarian)
Here’s a great way to enjoy the taste of Japan at home. Learn how you can easily cook delicious, light Japanese kabocha tempura with this easy recipe!
Make this recipe: Kabocha Tempura
14. Japanese Vegetable Curry (Vegan)
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!
Make this recipe: Japanese Vegetable Curry
15. Steamed Kabocha Squash (Vegan)
Kickstart your fall preparations with Steamed Kabocha Squash—the best way to savor its delightful goodness! Learn how to steam and enjoy its deliciousness!
Make this recipe: Steamed Kabocha Squash
I hope you will enjoy these tasty Japanese kabocha squash recipes!
How to Cut a Kabocha Squash
The dark green skin of Kabocha squash is a challenge to cut through. If you are a first time, maybe you’re not quite sure where you should be cutting from. Learn how to cut kabocha squash in 5 ways and savor these delicious recipes!
The skin is edible, and no need to peel it. But if you want that beautiful orange color for your muffins or other desserts – take off the skin!
Yes, you can. The skin is edible and rich in nutrients.
It has a rich, sweet flavor with a soft and fluffy texture. It tastes like a delicious combination of potatoes and chestnuts.
Kabocha squash contains beta-carotene, vitamin E, and dietary fiber.
It has the benefit of fighting off bacteria and viruses that cause colds. The dry air in winter makes us more susceptible to catching infections, so eating it can help keep your immune system healthy during the cold season.
Yes, it is a carbohydrate. It contains 20 g of carbs per 100 grams, which makes it similar to sweet potatoes but less than rice at 37g.
Pick the one that is dark green, hard, glossy on the skin, and heavy.
Check the stem first. If you find a Kabocha squash with a dry, cork-like stem, they’re ideally ripe and taste good. Another point is an orange mark on the skin, which contacted the ground and did not turn green. If they are bright orange, it’s a sign of mature Kabocha squash.
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- 1 Kabocha Squash
- Pick a recipe from these Japanese kabocha squash recipes.Kabocha Dango (Vegan)Kabocha Squash Muffins (Vegan)Kabocha Squash Cookies (Vegan)Kabocha Squash Miso SoupVeggie-Loaded Kabocha Squash Soup (Vegan)Kabocha Squash Soup (Vegetarian)Lotus Root & Kabocha Squash Salad (Vegan)Kabocha Squash Salad with Egg (Vegetarian)Veggie Quinoa Salad (Vegan)Simmered Kabocha (Kabocha Nimono)Fried Kabocha Squash (Vegan)Leftover Roasted Vegetables (Vegan)Kabocha Tempura (Vegetarian)Japanese Vegetable Curry (Vegan)Steamed Kabocha Squash (Vegan)
- Follow the recipe instructions and enjoy the delicious dish!