Ozoni Recipe (Japanese New Year’s Mochi Soup)

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Experience the taste of Japan with our Ozoni Recipe—a traditional Japanese New Year mochi soup. The delightful chewy rice cake and flavorful hot soup will leave you craving for more!

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Ozoni with vegetables served in a soup bowl.

Japanese people celebrate the first day of the new year with Ozoni, a cherished Japanese tradition that symbolizes good luck and good fortune. It’s made with a delicious combination of clear soup, savory grilled mochi (rice cakes), and a variety of fresh vegetables. Join us in learning how to make this special soup easily!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe 

  • Ready in Under 15 Minutes – With minimal prep and just a handful of ingredients, this mochi soup comes together in 15 minutes to serve a bowl of warm goodness.
  • Easy to Adapt to Vegetarian – You can effortlessly transform it into a tasty vegetarian ozoni recipe by swapping the soup base with kombu dashi.
  • Hearty Soup with Lots of Flavors – Ozoni is not only for New Year’s celebrations—it’s your all-season companion. This soup, bursting with flavors, is your go-to comfort on any chilly day.

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Japanese New Year’s soup, Ozoni:

Ozoni ingredient list.
  • Kiri Mochi is a rectangular mochi (or round) perfect for this traditional Japanese soup. These store-bought glutinous rice cakes are convenient as they come in individual packages and have a long shelf life. Alternatively, you can opt for fresh mochi. Learn more about Kiri Mochi in 8 Easy Kiri Mochi Recipes.
  • Carrot, shiitake mushrooms, and komatsuna (Japanese mustard spinach) add a nice color to this traditional soup. Feel free to add your favorite veggies; please take a look at the substitution section below.
  • Yuzu peel for the garnish. This small citrus fruit is often used as seasonings in Japanese cooking, adding a refreshing and citrusy twist to dishes. It is available in well-stocked Asian grocery stores or specialty markets. If not, you can omit it.
  • Dashi is the key ingredient in Japanese soup broth, typically including bonito flakes and kombu. However, I opt for kombu seaweed dashi powder (the most straightforward way) as a plant-based alternative to create a flavorful broth. If you like to make homemade dashi, learn four different methods in What Is Dashi? A Quick Guide To Japanese Soup Stock.

How To Make Ozoni: STEP BY STEP 

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

How to make ozoni.

Step 1

Prepare vegetables and peel yuzu.

How to make ozoni.

Step 2

Grill mochi for 5 minutes or until it becomes puffy.

How to make ozoni.

Step 3

Simmer carrot with soup ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.

How to make ozoni.

Step 4

Put komatsuna and shiitake mushrooms and simmer for a few more minutes.

Ozoni with vegetables served in a soup bowl.

Place a piece of grilled mochi in a serving bowl and ladle the soup over it. Garnish with yuzu peel, and enjoy the filling soup with tender mochi cakes!

Recipe Tips

  • When grilling or toasting mochi, carefully monitor the process to prevent burning or excessive puffiness.
  • Taste the soup before serving and adjust the seasonings as needed.
  • Serve immediately. The mochi is best enjoyed when freshly cooked and still soft, as it tends to become firm over time.

Storage

  • Leftover soup: Store it in a glass jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Leftover cooked mochi: Individually wrap each mochi piece in plastic and refrigerate for up to 2 days. When ready to eat, soak the mochi in hot water for a few minutes to soften or warm it directly in the soup until it reaches your desired texture.

Substitutions & Additions

  • Vegetable Variations: Feel free to substitute them with your favorite vegetables. Suggestions include green onions, napa cabbage, daikon, burdock root, potato, onion, or leafy greens.
  • Dashi Substitutions: While a Japanese dashi base is recommended for an authentic touch, you can substitute it with chicken broth or vegetable stock if unavailable.
  • Protein Additions: Enhance your ozoni by including proteins such as fish cakes, chicken thighs, or eggs.

Your Questions Answered

Why do the Japanese eat ozoni on New Year’s Day?

The tradition behind ozoni traces back to offering rice cakes and vegetables on New Year’s Eve, which are consumed the next day as ozoni to welcome the New Year’s God. In historical Japan, with its predominantly agricultural society, rice was significant as an offering to the gods. The incorporation of rice cakes, a special ingredient, into ozoni, symbolized prayers for a successful harvest and the safety of their families.

What are the variations of ozoni?

Ozoni is a family recipe that comes in tons of variations across different regions of Japan. In the Kansai region (western Japan), people often use round mochi and opt for a white miso soup base. In the Kanto region (eastern Japan), you’ll likely encounter rectangular mochi in soy sauce-based soup. The diversity doesn’t stop there—some recipes incorporate locally sourced fish, meat, and vegetables as key ingredients.

As for me, being from Hokkaido, my ozoni is always clear broth with lots of fresh vegetables. If you are into Japanese food culture, check out this article to find 27 variations of ozoni across Japan. It’s super interesting!

What can I serve with this traditional ozoni soup?

This recipe is excellent served with Tamagoyaki (Japanese Rolled Omelette), Pickled Napa Cabbage, and Daikon Nimono (Simmered Vegetables).

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Ozoni Recipe (Japanese New Year’s Mochi Soup)

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Prep: 7 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Juri Austin
Experience the taste of Japan with our Ozoni recipe—a traditional Japanese New Year mochi soup. The delightful chewy rice cake and flavorful hot soup will leave you craving more!

Ingredients

  • Carrot
  • 4 pieces Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 1 cup Komatsuna
  • Yuzu, optional
  • 2 pieces Kiri Mochi

For The Soup

  • 2 cups Water, 480ml
  • 1 tsp Dashi powder, 5g
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • ½ tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Vegetable Preparation: Peel the carrot and cut it into bite-sized pieces. Cut off the stalk of shiitake mushrooms and optionally decorative cuts on the cap. Wash the komatsuna and cut it into quarters. Peel the yuzu, remove the white part, and shred it.
  • Prepare the mochi: Place the mochi on a grill or toaster oven with a parchment sheet, and cook it for about 5 minutes or until it becomes puffy.
  • Prepare the soup: In a saucepan, combine water, dashi powder, soy sauce, and salt. Add the carrots and heat over medium heat. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Prepare the soup: Add the komatsuna and shiitake mushrooms to the pot. Simmer for a few more minutes.
  • Serve: Place grilled mochi in a serving bowl and arrange the soup ingredients. Pour the flavorful broth over the mochi and ingredients, and finish by garnishing with shredded yuzu peel.

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Notes

  • Storage: Store leftover soup in a glass jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Individually wrap each leftover cooked mochi piece in plastic and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • When grilling or toasting mochi, carefully monitor the process to prevent burning or excessive puffiness.
  • Taste the soup before serving and adjust the seasonings as needed.
  • Serve immediately. The mochi is best enjoyed when freshly cooked and still soft, as it tends to become firm over time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: mochi recipe, ozoni recipe
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