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.

I’ll walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Natto

Natto is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans. It has a sticky and gooey texture, is highly nutritious, and is a popular choice for breakfast in Japan. One of the most common ways to enjoy natto is by serving it over rice. Learn more about natto in “How to Eat Natto: A Beginner’s Guide

Mochi

Mochi is a traditional Japanese rice cake made from glutinous rice. It is known for its chewy texture and wide range of uses, including sweet and savory dishes. Find mochi recipes here.

Recipe Ingredients

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

Natto mochi ingredients.
  • Mochi – In this recipe, I use kiri mochi, 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.
  • Natto typically comes with natto sauce and karashi mustard (Japanese mustard). We use them to season natto in this recipe. If they are not included, use soy sauce as an alternative.

How To Make Natto Mochi: STEP BY STEP 

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

How to make natto mochi.

Step 1

Cut kiri mochi into half and cook on a nonstick pan.

How to make natto mochi.

Step 2

Flip the mochi pieces over and cook the other side.

How to make natto mochi.

Step 3

Mix natto and the sauce.

How to make natto mochi.

Step 4

Place natto on the mochi.

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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.

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

  • 3 pcs Kiri mochi, 150g
  • 1 pack Natto

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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