Low Carb Japanese Food

Did you ever get a strong craving for Japanese food? Maybe you thought that this type of cuisine was off-limits when following a low carb diet? It definitely is not! All you need is a little creativity and some fantastic recipes. Luckily, we have lots of recipes that will satisfy your need for Japanese food while still keeping you on a low carb diet.

Japanese foods tend to focus on fish and vegetables making it a tasty, lighter option for your meals. You will not often find red meat in Japanese recipes but you will find lots of fresh tuna filets, white fish, and also tons of seasonings that add incredible amounts of flavor. Sure, you may come across some Wagyu steaks but fish is always more prevalent!

Another major characteristic of Japanese food is the use of soy sauce and miso. Both of these ingredients tend to make Japanese food have higher sodium content. While low carb dieters aren’t always concerned about sodium (it has no carbs, after all!), there are options that you can use in place of soy sauce to make your Japanese food recipes taste great but have less salt.

Coconut aminos are a perfect replacement for traditional soy sauce. Coconut aminos taste just like soy sauce but it has far less sodium content. Coconut aminos is made from the nectar of the coconut blossom. The unopened blossoms are tapped and the sap is extracted and then fermented to make the sauce. Coconut aminos have no more carbs than regular soy sauce so definitely give it a try!

Other than soy sauce, fish dishes, and miso, you may associate Japanese cuisine with sushi. Sushi is one of the most popular Japanese dishes and something many people think of automatically when they consider Japanese food. However, sushi typically has lots of white rice which is, as you know, full of carbs. But don’t worry, we have found a way to make “sushi” using all low carb ingredients. So if sushi is something that you have been craving, our low carb cucumber sushi is a recipe you need to try right away. You can also try using sushi wraps (nori seaweed wraps in particular) and cauliflower rice in order to make your own low carb sushi. Fill that wrap with any kind of fish or keto veggie you’d like!

We also have an amazing fall-flavored recipe that is Japanese in nature and that is our Japanese pumpkin soup. The soup is made with a Japanese pumpkin as the base and some great keto ingredients like butter and heavy cream are added in to create a creamy, flavorful soup you will love.

Or perhaps the weather is warmer and you are looking for a refreshing drink to cool you down. Our iced matcha latte is it! Low carb, super delicious, and totally Japanese inspired, this drink takes the cake (the low-carb cake that is!). If will definitely be on your list of favorite beverages after just one sip.

Give some of our great low carb Japanese recipes a try and let us know what you think. If you have any more great low carb Japanese inspired recipes, let us know- we are always looking to try new foods too! Enjoy.