6 quick detox recipes with Japanese foods

6 quick detox recipes with Japanese foods
Are you interested in detox? And are you interested in Japanese foods? If you say yes to both questions, you can kill two birds with one stone.

Detox is cleaning the body by excreting toxic substances in our body. We take nourishment for our health, but sometimes waste products in the body prevent the absorption.

To absorb nutrients effectively, you need to excrete waste products form your body. That is exactly detox. What do you think the benefit you get when it is done?

First, it activates your metabolism, so it is good for a diet, beautifying the skin, and preventing aging. The improved circulation of blood and lymph will prevent shoulder stiffness, swelling, and life-style diseases. Good metabolism strengthens the immune system, so you will not catch a cold easily, or can relieve an allergy.

How can we do detox? We need to know how our waste products excreted from our body. It goes out through our urine, feces, and sweat.

That is why keeping smooth elimination is very important. You may think that you have no problem if you are not constipated, but still, you need to care about it. In detox, waste products should be excreted with feces as much as possible.

Eating habits are the most important factor in detox, and many Japanese foods contain effective ingredients for detox. Try simple detox with quick recipes with Japanese foods.

6 quick detox recipes with Japanese foods


Fiber recipe: Relieves and prevents constipation

The representative Japanese fiber-rich foods are root crops like burdock roots, lotus roots, and seaweed such as wakame, and hiziki. This recipe uses the fiber-plenty lotus root and hiziki seaweed rich in minerals.

Lotus burger

Ingredients (for 4 servings)

200 g Minced pork and beef
300 g lotus root
1 onion
10 g dried hiziki seaweed
1 tablespoon dogtooth violet starch powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper
1 tablespoon salad oil

2 tablespoons sake
2 tablespoons mirin (cooking rice wine)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon sugar

1. Wash hiziki and reconstitute it in water.
2. Chop the onion.
3. Peel the lotus and cut it into 8 slices in 5mm thin, and soak them in water with some vinegar. Grate all rest of lotus.
4. Put minced pork and beef, salt, and pepper into a bowl, and knead them well.
5. Add hiziki, onions, dogtooth violet starch powder, grated and lightly squeezed lotus root into the bowl, mix them well, and divide it into 8.
6. Shape them into a round and flat form, put them on the lotus slices, and press it lightly.
7. Spread oil on a frying pan and place it on a medium fire, put burgers the lotus side down, turn them when they are browned. When the surface of meat is browned, turn the fire low and keep it until the inside cooked well.
8. When the burgers cooked well, wipe off excess oil with a kitchen paper, put ingredients of the sauce into the frying pan, and cover the burgers with the sauce on a medium fire.

When you serve, it will look more delicious if you add some green like string beans on the side.


Oligosaccharide recipe: Improves the intestinal environment

We often see Oligosaccharide in sweeten products for improving intestinal environment, or in other health foods. Actually, Oligosaccharide is contained in our familiar foods too. Those are onions, corn, soybeans, and bananas. Especially soybean can be taken in various forms in Japanese meals, like natto, miso, and tofu. Since soybeans contain isoflavone that activates the secretion of estrogen, it is good for detox and preventing aging.

Tofu and Chinese chive soup

Ingredients (for 4 servings)

1/2 cake of tofu
1/4 bundle of Chinese chives
600 ml chicken broth
1 tablespoon sake
1 tablespoon salt
A bit of soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
A little of toasted sesame seeds
A bit of Sesame oil
2 teaspoons dissolved dogtooth violet starch in water
Ground black pepper


1. Heat the chicken broth until it boils, then turn the fire medium, and add sake, salt, diced tofu.
2. When the tofu is heated through, add soy sauce, grated fresh ginger just for flavoring, and add Chinese chives.
3. When the soup is boiled, turn the fire low, and thicken it with dissolved starch in water.
4. Drizzle sesame oil a bit, then sprinkle toasted sesame and ground black pepper.

This soup is thick, so it not get cold easily. It is a nice warming dish.
Chinese chives contain good ingredients for detox.
Ginger and black pepper improves blood circulation and metabolism.


Potassium recipe: a diuretic effect

Potassium is diuretic, so it also eliminates swelling. Hiziki, spinach, soybeans, potato, banana, and kiwi fruit contain plenty of potassium.
Potassium dissolves in water by boiling, so make soup dishes when you cook hot meal with them to intake the dissolved potassium in the broth,
This is a good detox drink contains plenty of potassium and dietary fiber.

Banana soymilk drink

Ingredients (for 1 serving)

1 banana
200 ml soymilk
1 tablespoon kinako (soybean powder)


Cut banana into bite-size chunks, and mix all ingredients in a blender. Add honey if you like.

Bananas are called miracle fruit because they contain carbohydrates, fiber, and minerals in good balance. They are effective enough when you eat bananas only, but when you add soymilk and kinako, it will be much better. The two soybean products also contain plenty of fiber, and improve the intestinal environment.

Fruits and vegetables contain lots of potassium. Drinking fresh juice of your favorite ones is recommendable for detox.


Anti-aging recipe with selenium: Also for beauty

When you cook detox meals, the chelating effect deserves your attention. It is not just work like fiber, but also combines wastes to excrete them.

Here is a recipe with selenium-plenty onions and shirasu (boiled and dried baby anchovy.)

Sliced cucumber and onion with shirasu

Ingredients (for 2 servings)

2 cucumbers
1 onion
4 tablespoons shirasu
1 package of bonito flakes
1 tablespoon ponzu sauce (soy sauce with citrus juice)


1. Slice the cucumbers thinly and rub them with 2/1 teaspoon salt. After 10 minutes, rinse them with running water and squeeze them.
2. Cut the onion half, slice them thinly across the fibers, soak them in water, and squeeze them.
3. Put cucumber slices, onion slices, bonito flakes, and shirasu into a bowl, and mix them well. Drizzle ponzu sauce just before eating.

Adding seaweed like wakame is good for detox.


Allicin recipe: Helps the liver function

Allicin is contained plenty in spring onions, oniosn, and garlic. It causes the particular smell. Allicin is combined with Vitamin B1 in the body, and excretes fatigue substances by improving metabolism.
This is a useful for seasoning and as instant soup paste.

Miso with plum and spring onion


1 spring onion
2 large-size umeboshi (pickled plum)
2 tablespoons miso
1 package of bonito flakes


Mince the spring onion, beat and mix it with umeboshi (seeds removed), miso, and bonito flakes.

It can be used in various ways. Try instant delicious soup by dissolving it in hot water, or cover rice balls with it and toast them. Adding into soup of udon noodles is another good idea.

This recipe contains many good substances for detox and anti-oxidant action. It is not just Allicin, but also polyphenol in miso that made from soybeans, fiber, and citric acid in umeboshi. It is worth trying.


– Zinc recipe: Necessary for body making

Zinc is one of minerals that very important for the human body. It is an essential mineral and we need it much next to iron. It keeps our good health by being combined with enzyme. The lack of zinc stops the protein production. Under the influence, we have a weak sense of taste, lose good condition of skin, or lose moisture from our hair.

Zinc is contained plenty in oysters, scallops, clams, and tofu.
This is a good zinc-supply recipe.

Oyster and tofu

Ingredients (for 2 servings)

5–10 oysters
A proper quantity of dogtooth violet starch powder
1/3-1/2 cake of momen-tofu (firm type tofu)
A proper quantity of edible chrysanthemum (or Japanese mustard spinach), chopped
A proper quantity of Spring onion, chopped
(Soup stock)
200 cc dashi (broth made from bonito flakes and kombu kelp)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin (cooking rice wine)


1. Rinse oysters with water, and dry them with kitchen papers.
2. Dry tofu lightly with kitchen papers.
3. Coat oysters and tofu with dogtooth violet starch powder.
4. Put the broth and seasonings into a pan, place it on a medium fire, and add tofu.
5. Add rough-cut edible chrysanthemums, from the part nearer the root.
6. When it is boiled, add oysters and boil it for 1 minute, and keep heating it for 10 minutes on a low fire.
Put shiraga-negi (thinly-sliced white part of spring onion like white hairs, about 7-8 cm length) on before serving.

When you use “not edible raw” oysters, boil them over 1 minute. Norovirus is inactivated in heat over 85℃ for 1 minute.

Oysters are delicious in winter. This recipe supplies zinc and iron, so this is helpful for women who have anemia.


Detox sounds like something special or difficult, but it will be familiar as a habit to eat good balanced meals regularly. Japanese food is said to be good for detox. Traditional Japanese foods such as seaweed or tofu contain many essential nutrients for detox. Try simple detox with Japanese foods.



6 quick detox recipes with Japanese foods

– Fiber recipe: Relieves and prevents constipation
– Oligosaccharide recipe: Improves the intestinal environment
– Potassium recipe: A diuretic effect
– Anti-aging recipe with selenium: Also for beauty
– Allicin recipe: Helps the liver function
– Zinc recipe: Necessary for body making

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