Bored of regular natto and rice? Try this natto with kimchi and enoki mushrooms! It’s delicious, satisfying, and quick and easy to prepare.
What is Natto?
Natto is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans. It’s a staple in Japanese cuisine and is commonly served for breakfast. It has a strong smell with a sticky, slimy texture, so it’s definitely an acquired taste. While you may be put off by the smell and slimy texture, I encourage you to try natto a few times before you decide to never eat it again. It is a rich source of nutrients thanks to the fermentation process, and it’s something I could eat every day (and often do when I’m in Japan)!
- Natto ⟶ Found in the freezer section of Japanese/Asian markets.
- Enoki Mushrooms ⟶ The only ingredient that needs to be cooked! You can quickly steam them in the microwave or stovetop.
- Kimchi ⟶ Make sure it’s vegan/check the ingredients if you don’t eat fish.
- Green Onion Sauce ⟶ You can also use your favorite Asian sauce or just soy sauce.
- Nori, Toasted Sesame Seeds ⟶ Optional toppings to add another depth of flavor.
For natto basics (how to prepare, store, etc.), check out my Beginner’s Guide to Natto.
Tips for Success
Microwave the enoki for a quick & easy meal ⟶ I use a Lekue steamer* to easily cook the enoki so I have a satisfying, tasty meal ready in under 10 minutes.
Check if your kimchi is vegan ⟶ Kimchi traditionally contains fish, so be sure to use a vegan kimchi if necessary.
Use your favorite sauce ⟶ I used my green onion sauce, but you can really use any soy sauce-based or even miso-based sauce you like (or even just soy sauce if you’re feeling extra lazy).
More ways to enjoy natto!
- Basic Natto Gohan
- Natto Negi Maki (Natto and Green Onion Roll)
- Natto Onigiri
- in salads
- in miso soup
- with Japanese Curry
- on toast with (vegan) cheese
- mixed with kimchi and avocado
- as a topping for hiyayakko (Japanese cold silken tofu)
- check out more ideas in my Natto Guide
If you try out this natto with kimchi and enoki, don’t forget to leave a comment/rating down below and tag me in your photos on instagram @ellielikes.cooking. I love seeing all of your tasty recreations!
Natto with Kimchi and Enoki Mushrooms | えのきキムチ納豆
- Cut the roots off the enoki mushrooms. Gently rinse, cut in half, and add to a microwave-safe container with a cover (I use a Lekue*). Microwave 1 minute or until cooked.
- Add natto to a bowl and mix a few times. Add enoki, kimchi, and sauce and mix well to combine. Top with nori if desired.
- Serve as a side or eat with rice.
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