Natto Mochi

Looking for a new way to eat grilled mochi? Try this Natto Mochi – made with just two ingredients, and it offers a unique combination of savory and sweet flavors!

Looking for mochi recipes? Try our Mochi Kinchaku, Isobeyaki Mochi, or Yaki Mochi!

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natto mochi on a round plate.

Natto mochi is the perfect pairing of two traditional Japanese foods – natto and mochi (my favorite foods!!). Simply grill your mochi and top it with gooey natto for a delicious and nutritious snack or meal. If you’re a fan of both natto and mochi, this dish is a must-try!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love Japanese rice cakes and natto.
  • You want to make a savory mochi dish.
  • You are looking for simple yaki mochi recipe.

Let me walk you through the ingredients and the instructions. If you want to check the recipe, jump to the recipe. Let’s get started!

About This Recipe

  • Japanese yaki mochi recipe (grilled mochi)
  • Chewy and savory snack
  • Easy steps with a few ingredients
  • Ready in under 10 minutes

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

Ingredients for natto mochi.
  • Mochi – Japanese rice cake made from glutinous rice. I use store-bought kiri mochi in this recipe. See more details below.
  • Natto – Sticky and gooey fermented soybeans. See more details below.
  • Scallions – Optional.

Mochi

kiri mochi

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.

Kiri mochi 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.

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.

*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.

Natto

natto

Natto is fermented soybeans and traditional Japanese food. It’s a sticky and gooey healthy food and a popular breakfast food. Natto gohan (natto over rice) is the most popular way to eat it.

Natto usually comes with a natto sauce (a mixture of dashi, soy sauce, and sugar) and karashi (Japanese mustard), and blend them before eating.

If you’re looking for different ways to enjoy natto besides natto mochi, you can click here to discover a variety of delicious recipes and serving suggestions.

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

🔪Instructions

Let me show you how to make it! Click here to watch the recipe video.

Instructions for natto mochi.
  1. Cut kiri mochi into half and cook on a nonstick pan over medium heat.
  2. Flip the mochi pieces over and cook the other side.
  3. Open the pack of natto, add the natto sauce and karashi, and stir.
  4. Place natto on the yaki mochi and sprinkle with chopped scallions if desired.
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natto mochi on a round plate.

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

How to Prepare Natto

If you have no idea how to prepare natto, let me show you how! You can also watch this video.

how to mix natto

Natto comes with natto sauce and karashi mustard (Japanese mustard). One pack is for one serving, which is about 50g.

  1. Open: Open the natto pack, and you will see the sauce and karashi mustard on the top.
  2. Take the transparent film: Put aside the sauce and karashi mustard and take the transparent film on top of the Natto.
  3. Sauce and karashi: Pour the sauce and karashi over the Natto.
  4. Stir: Stir with chopsticks until smooth, about 10 to 20 times.

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 traditional. 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.

Natto Oroshi Mochi

natto oroshi mochi on a round plate.

If you’re interested in trying a flavorful variation of natto mochi, you might want to make Natto Oroshi Mochi. To make it, grate daikon to make daikon oroshi, mix it with natto, and serve with yaki mochi.

The sticky natto and refreshing yet slightly spicy daikon can create unique textures and flavors. This is my favorite.

More Grilled Mochi Recipes

6 yaki mochi dishes.

Japanese yaki mochi (or grilled mochi) can be enjoyed plain with soy sauce or savory or sweet toppings. Check the Yaki Mochi Recipes (Grilled Japanese Rice Cake) to discover various ways to enjoy it.

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Japanese natto mochi on a round plate.

Natto Mochi

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Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 8 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Looking for a new way to eat grilled mochi? Try this Natto Mochi – made with just two ingredients, and it offers a unique combination of savory and sweet flavors!

Equipment

  • 1 Nonstick pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Open the pack of natto, add the natto sauce and karashi, and stir.
  • Place the natto on the yaki mochi and sprinkle with chopped scallions if desired.

Video

Notes

  • Natto typically comes with natto sauce and karashi mustard (Japanese mustard). You can season the natto with these condiments or use soy sauce as an alternative.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 208kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: mochi, natto, rice cake
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