Discover the world of Yaki Mochi, a grilled Japanese rice cake that is perfect for quick snacks. I will show you the best ways to savor this delicious treat!
Yaki mochi is created by grilling or pan-frying mochi with a delightful combination of crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Whether you crave savory dipping sauces or sweet toppings, I have the perfect Yaki Mochi recipes. Let’s dive into 7 delicious variations that you can effortlessly try at home!
1. Yaki Mochi With Sweet Soy Sauce
Yaki Mochi with sweet soy sauce is a quick and easy way to enjoy Japanese mochi. The combination of savory and sweet dipping sauce complements the chewy texture of the mochi.
2. Anko Mochi
Anko Mochi is a beloved snack among many Japanese people. It involves placing sweet anko (red bean paste) on top of the mochi to create a delicious and satisfying treat.
3. Kinako Mochi
Kinako Mochi is made from mochi dusted with kinako (roasted soybean flour) and sugar. The chewy mochi, the nutty yellow kinako, and a hint of sweetness combine to create a uniquely delicious treat.
4. Isobeyaki Mochi
Isobeyaki mochi is made by grilling or toasting mochi, seasoning it with soy sauce, and wrapping it with a strip of nori seaweed. It offers a unique and savory combination of flavors and textures that is hard to resist.
5. Natto Mochi
Natto Mochi is a popular way to eat yaki mochi, particularly in northern Japan, including Hokkaido (where I’m from). Natto (fermented soybeans) with a strong flavor and slimy texture goes well with plain mochi.
6. Daikon Oroshi Mochi
7. Natto Oroshi Mochi
This is my favorite way to enjoy Yaki Mochi for a healthy snack! Combining natto and daikon oroshi creates a hearty and flavorful meal.
Kiri mochi is dried mochi pre-cut into rectangular shapes. If fresh mochi is not available, these individually packaged blocks of mochi offer convenience and easy portioning for use in various recipes. I use kiri mochi for all the recipes above.
Various Ways To Cook Mochi
A nonstick pan is the easiest way to cook yaki mochi, but there are several other cooking methods, such as:
- Grill – Grilling the mochi on a barbecue or stovetop grill pan is a traditional method. The mochi can be placed on the grill and cooked until it becomes crispy and golden brown.
- 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.
- Toaster oven – A toaster oven is a quick and easy way to cook small batches of mochi. Place the mochi in the toaster oven and cook until it is crispy and golden brown.
- Microwave – The mochi can also be cooked in the microwave by placing it on a bowl with enough water to cover it 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.
Your Questions Answered
“Yaki mochi” (焼き餅) translates to “grilled mochi.” “Yaki” means “grilled” or “baked” in Japanese.
In general, mochi can be enjoyed both cold and warm, but once mochi is grilled, it tends to become hard. Therefore, consuming yaki mochi while it’s still and warm is best.
You can typically find Mochi in well-stocked Asian or Japanese markets. Additionally, some larger supermarkets with an international foods section may carry it. You might consider checking online retailers like Amazon and Walmart as well. This Sato no kiri mochi is the most famous brand and is pre-cut with a slit, which makes it easier to break apart by hand and cook evenly.
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I hope you enjoy these Yaki Mochi recipes! If you give it a try, don’t forget to leave a rating to share your thoughts—I love hearing from you!
*Mochi rice cakes should be enjoyed with caution as a potential choking hazard, especially for the elderly and small children. When enjoying mochi, always exercise caution and take a small bite to ensure safe consumption.
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- 1 Nonstick pan
- 3 pcs Kiri mochi, 150g
- Topping of your choice, sweet soy sauce, anko paste, kinako powder, isobeyaki, natto, daikon oroshi
- 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.