What are some healthy choices at Japanese restaurants?

Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics

Japanese cuisine offers many healthy options. Rice, fish and vegetables are the core foods and are featured at almost every meal. Portions are typically small and beautifully presented.  

Keep these tips in mind next time you go out for Japanese food:

  • Always order a variety of steamed vegetables for the table.
  • Try a traditional salad of sea vegetables.
  • Choose grilled shrimp or fish prepared with light ginger broth or dishes like yosenabe (seafood and vegetables in broth).
  • When it comes to meat, choose broiled or grilled chicken or beef teriyaki, sukiyaki or yakitori.
  • Request that high sodium sauces be served on the side.
  • Use soy sauce sparingly.
  • Skip the deep fried foods like shrimp tempura or tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet).

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