Ozoni Soup

Introducing my Ozoni Soup recipe, a traditional Japanese New Year soup that’s not just delicious but also symbolizes good health and prosperity for the year ahead! This delicate soup combines tender chicken, shiitake mushrooms, and shirataki noodles in a nourishing dashi broth, creating a comforting and auspicious start to the new year. Let’s dive in and discover the tradition of Japanese New Year in every soothing spoonful!

Japanese traditional New Year's chicken soup ozoni served in a bowl.

Why I Love This Recipe

What makes my recipe so special is its delicacy and the delightful tradition it carries! Ozoni Soup, a cherished Japanese New Year’s delight, takes center stage as part of the symbolic osechi meal. Imagine a savory, umami-packed broth infused with the essence of tender chicken thigh and the delightful melt-in-your-mouth mochi, creating a flavor profile that shares a very similar taste with my Japanese Chicken Soup and Japanese Meatball Soup recipes!

It’s a heartwarming bowl of pure comfort, perfect for those who appreciate the subtle flavors of Japanese cuisine. If you’re eager to experience the authentic taste of Japan, my recipe is your gateway to a truly satisfying meal!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Chicken Thigh – boneless and skinless cut into bite-size pieces.
  • Dashi fish broth made from steeping kombu and bonito flakes with boiling water. Can also use Hondashi mixed in water for instant dashi.
  • Shirataki Noodles Shirataki Noodles made from konnyaku or konjac plant. Can be found at Asian grocery stores.
  • Mochi – optional Japanese rice cakes that comes in blocks and an be found at Japanese grocery stores.
  • Dried Shiitake Mushrooms Dried Shiitake Mushrooms that is packaged and can be found at Asian grocery stores.
  • Carrot – freshly prepared and sliced.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Salt sea salt preferred.
  • Green Onion – freshly chopped.

Extra Add Ins

Consider adding sliced kamaboko fish cake. It complements the flavors and textures of the dish.

🥢 Ingredient Pro Tip

You can simplify the dashi preparation by using Hondashi mixed with water.

🍗 Chicken Ingredient Note

Use High-Quality Free-Range Chicken Thigh, not chicken breast, for this recipe. The soup’s base relies on fresh chicken broth, and the oils from chicken thigh are essential for its flavor.

Japanese traditional New Year's chicken soup ozoni served in a bowl.

Directions

☑ Before Getting Started

Make sure to use a Large Pot for this recipe. It will provide ample space for the ingredients to slow cook and infuse their flavors effectively.

Step 1 Bring Dashi to a boil and then add in cubed chicken, sliced carrots, dried shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, Japanese sake, and salt.

Ozoni soup in a pot.

Step 2 Cook the soup for 3-5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through under medium-high heat.

Ozoni soup simmering in a pot.

Step 3 Add shiitake noodles or mochi and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the mochi melts to your desired consistency. Serve and garnish with fresh green onions

Ozoni soup simmering in a pot.

🥢 Mochi Pro Tip

Add Only Mochi You Plan to Serve to prevent them from melting and clumping together.

🥄Taste Adjustment Pro Tip

Adjust the taste with Salt only. Avoid adding more soy sauce.

🍲 Garnishing Pro Tip

For a traditional presentation, garnish your dish with Mitsuba.

Pairing Recommendations

When serving this Ozoni Soup, pair it with grilled fish like red sea bream or Grilled Sanma. For a traditional drink, consider a Japanese Matcha Latte. These choices complement the soup’s delicate flavors perfectly!

Japanese traditional New Year's chicken soup ozoni served in a bowl being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is osechi and why do people in Japan eat it?

Osechi is a traditional first meal of the year in Japan. It typically includes dishes like ozoni soup, grilled red sea bream, and various side dishes. People in Japan eat osechi to kickstart the new year with a healthy meal, believing that it brings them good health for the rest of the year.

Can I adjust the seasoning to make it spicier?

If you desire a spicier flavor in your Ozoni Soup, you can enhance it by adding some togarashi or a red pepper blend to suit your taste preferences.

Are there any common mistakes to avoid when making this soup?

Common mistakes to avoid include using too much soy sauce, which can make the soup bitter. Instead, adjust the flavor with salt. Additionally, don't add all the mochi at once, as it can cause them to stick together. Add only what you plan to serve for the best results.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place in an airtight container and refrigerate it. It will remain fresh for 3-5 days in the fridge. When ready to enjoy, simply reheat it in the microwave.

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Japanese traditional New Year's chicken soup ozoni served in a bowl.

Ozoni Soup

Explore the delightful flavors of Ozoni Soup, a traditional Japanese New Year's treat. This savory soup is perfect for ushering in a year filled with health and happiness!
5 from 6 votes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese New Year soup, ozoni recipe, ozoni soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 127kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 l/b Chicken Thigh boneless and skinless
  • 4 Cups Dashi
  • 8 oz Shirataki Noodles
  • 3-4 pieces Mochi optional Japanese rice cake
  • 4 Pieces Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 1/2 Whole Carrot
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Japanese Sake can substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for ozoni soup.
  • Make 4 cups of dashi.
    Dashi in a pot.
  • In the meantime, peel and finely slice carrots.
    Sliced carrots.
  • Prepare Shirataki Noodles by straining prepacked liquid and washing noodles under cold water.
    Shiitake noodles in a bowl.
  • Cut chicken thighs into 1/2 x 1/2 inch bite size pieces.
    Cubed chicken thigh.
  • Finely slice green onions.
    Sliced green onions.
  • Bring dashi to a boil on high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and add chicken, sliced carrot, whole Dried Shiitake Mushrooms, Soy Sauce, salt and Japanese sake. Cook for 10 minutes.
    Ozoni soup in a pot.
  • After simmering for 10 minutes, introduce the shirataki noodles and optional mochi. Continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes until the mochi reaches your preferred consistency. Once done, transfer the flavorful mixture to a serving bowl and top it with sliced green onions and optional toppings.
    Ozoni soup served in a bowl.

Nutrition

Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3219mg | Potassium: 473mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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