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Fresh Flounder with Spinach with Shiitake Mushrooms and SauteTofu

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There’s nothing like an easy to make, easy to eat, healthy Japanese meal that you can make at home! My sister Kari has been the primary cook at home for our aging parents. Our parents are artists and also opened one of the first Japanese restaurants on Long Island (almost 45 years ago!) so amazing taste and impeccable presentation are not optional.

Our dad has had issues with his teeth for years — he lost most of his teeth, and then lost his dentures. He refuses to get implants so a modified meal is what is required. That is the case for a lot of people. You will be surprised to see how easy this meal is to make and it is super nutritious!

Watch the video below if you want our step by step process. We had a lot of fun making this video. Special thanks to Francisco Aliwalas and Ritsuko Yamaguchi for all their help.

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Ponzu Sauce
Shimaya Dashi Soup Stock
Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Rice Vinegar

Saute Tofu Steak
Firm Tofu

Spinach with Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitake Mushrooms
Sesame Seeds
Sesame Oil
Garlic Powder
Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Cookie Cutter

Short Grain Brown Rice

Saute Flounder with Homemade Ponzu Sauce, Spinach with Shiitake Mushrooms and Tofu Steak

Recipe by Kari Morimoto Hoest Course: Lunch, DinnerCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Easy


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  • 4 Flounder Fillets

  • 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour

  • Salt and Pepper

  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

  • Ponzu Sauce
  • 1 /4 Cup Dashi soup stock

  • 1/4 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce

  • 1/8 Cup Rice Vinegar

  • 1/8 Cup Juice from Lemon and Orange

  • Tofu Steak
  • 1 Block of Medium Firm Tofu

  • 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour

  • Fresh Ginger

  • Salt and Pepper

  • Spinach with Shiitake Mushroom Saute
  • 10 oz. Bag of Baby Spinach, Rinsed and Dried

  • 4 Caps Shiitake Mushrooms

  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds

  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder


  • Light cover flounder in flour. Sprinkle salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Saute in fry pan with vegetable oil for 3-4 minutes over medium heat (or until opaque in color). Flip fish and cook until lightly brown.
  • Ponzu Sauce
  • Combine all ingredients. Mix and chill in refrigerator
  • Tofu Steak
  • Slice Tofu in ½” slices, place on plate for about 15 minutes (to allow excess water to drain out from Tofu)
  • Lightly cover tofu in flour.
  • Saute in fry pan with 1 Tbsp vegetable oil over medium heat. Flip when lightly brown and crispy.
  • Grate Ginger. Take small thumbnail size portions and put on top of cooked tofu steaks.
  • Spinach with Shiitake Mushrooms Saute
  • In saute pan, drizzle 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil. When the oil shimmers, add mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add spinach.
  • Add garlic powder season to taste when spinach is wilted. Add and mix in Sesame Oil and Sesame Seeds for taste.

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  • This recipe is nutritious and great for the whole family. It is also great for those who may have chewing or swallowing issues as the foods are soft and easy to swallow.
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