Yaki Mochi With Sweet Soy Sauce

Are you craving a simple and tasty mochi snack? Try Yaki Mochi with Sweet Soy Sauce – a crispy and delicious rice cake treat that’s easy to make. Learn how to prepare it!

Looking for more mochi recipes? Try my Isobeyaki Mochi, Anko Mochi, or Fried Mochi!

yaki mochi with sweet soy sauce.

Yaki mochi with sweet soy sauce is a tasty and easy way to enjoy chewy mochi. Simply grill the mochi rice cakes, dip them in the savory sauce, and savor the deliciousness of yaki mochi. This is perfect for a quick and satisfying treat!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • An easy-to-follow recipe that calls for only three ingredients.
  • This chewy and savory snack can be ready in under 10 minutes.
  • Find various cooking methods for grilling mochi.

What is Yaki Mochi?

yaki mochi illustration.

Yaki mochi is made by grilling or pan-frying mochi (Japanese rice cake), which results in a delightful texture and a slightly charred flavor. While there are various ways to savor yaki mochi, many Japanese people love eating it by dipping it into sweetened soy sauce (this recipe). The sauce’s sweetness and savoriness complement the chewy and crispy mochi perfectly.

Recipe Ingredients

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

ingredients for yaki mochi with sweet soy sauce.
  • Mochi – Mochi is a traditional Japanese food made from glutinous rice with a gooey and chewy texture. The plain mochi is not sweetened, which makes it a versatile ingredient that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Kiri mochi, which I use in this recipe, is a type of mochi pre-cut into rectangular shapes; it’s dried, hard like bar soap, and comes in individual packages.
  • Soy sauce – is a liquid condiment made from soybeans, wheat, salt, and water. It is a fundamental ingredient in Japanese cooking, which adds umami flavor to various dishes.
  • Sugar – You can use various types of sweeteners such as brown sugar, cane sugar, honey, or any preferred sweetener.

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 Yaki Mochi: STEP BY STEP 

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

Instructions for yaki mochi with sweet soy sauce.
  1. Cut mochi into half or smaller pieces and cook on a nonstick pan over medium heat.
  2. Flip the mochi pieces over and cook the other side.
  3. Make a dipping sauce by blending soy sauce and sugar.
yaki mochi with sweet soy sauce.

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 the easiest way to cook blocks of 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 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 Yaki Mochi

how to eat yaki mochi with sweet soy sauce.

You can tear the mochi into bite-sized pieces and dip them into the sauce. Or drizzle the sauce over the mochi before taking a bite. You will enjoy the combination of flavors and textures either way!

More Mochi Recipes

Kiri mochi and anko mochi.

Check out these tasty kiri mochi recipes if you are ready to dive into mochi! You can find Oshiruko, Ozoni, Chocolate Mochi, and more!

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Yaki Mochi with Sweet Soy Sauce

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Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 8 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Are you craving a simple and tasty mochi snack? Try Yaki mochi with sweet soy sauce – a crispy and delicious rice cake treat that's easy to make. Learn how to prepare it!


  • 1 Nonstick pan



  • Cut kiri mochi into half.
  • 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.
  • Make a dipping sauce by blending soy sauce and sugar and serve with the mochi.



  • 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.
  • Add more or less sugar to adjust the sauce’s sweetness to your liking.
  • If you are trying a mochi recipe for the first time, I highly recommend kiri mochi. 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.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 168kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: mochi, rice cake, soy sauce
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