Takikomi Gohan

If you need a quick and simple one, here’s a one-pot no-fuss Takikomi Gohan (Japanese mixed rice) you can whip up in your rice cooker. All you need to do is prepare the ingredients, throw it in, and the cooker will do the rest for you!

Takikomi Gohan loosely translates to 5-ingredient seasoned rice, as it is usually made with roughly 5 ‘toppings’. I made this using a salmon fillet I had in my freezer, but feel free to use whatever you have around!


I also used a packet of dried shrimps I picked up at Don Don Donki that I really like. Try sprinkling it onto your rice – it adds a nice savoury kick!


The Recipe serves 4


2 cups rice, washed

350ml dashi/stock

2 tbsp Chinese wine/sake

1½ tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp mirin (optional)

½ tsp salt

1 fillet wild salmon

4-5 shiitake mushrooms, sliced

½ pack shimeiji mushroom

4 tofu puffs, sliced

Handful of leafy greens


  1. Place the washed rice in a rice cooker and layer the ingredients on top starting with the vegetables, tofu puff and mushrooms, finishing off with the salmon. Do not mix the ingredients around as this may affect how the rice cooks.
  2. Mix together the liquids in a bowl and pour it over the ingredients.
  3. Cook as you would normal rice.
  4. Once ready, mix everything about and serve with your favourite fresh herbs.


  • Alternative proteins: chicken thigh, barramundi, canned tuna, firm tofu
  • When layering, start with the ingredients that take the longest to cook first e.g. hardy vegetables such as carrots
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