Traditional Japanese breakfast bowl of natto whipped up with soy sauce and chopped scallions, topped with a raw egg yolk & seaweed
Natto temaki bouquet
Natto in temaki (handroll) sushi with rice, salad vegetables and edible flowers makes a beautiful vegan party snack. Try adding other sushi roll fillings you like!
Natto inari sushi
Inari sushi is like Japanese PBJ; a sweet/savory healthy kid favorite. Inari are sweet, fried tofu skin pockets that are filled with sushi rice (purple rice here) topped with natto & scallions with pickled daikon radish & carrots.
Slip some natto onto a burger or sandwich to add some fermented umami to familiar foods; this one's a vegan burger ByChloe. Think of natto like a flavorful vegan cheese and use it accordingly!
Natto deviled eggs
Natto goes very well with eggs; my favorite is atop deviled eggs. These boiled eggs were soaked in beet brine overnight before deviling them up pretty in pink! Japanese twist on an American classic.
Natto with Indian
Natto blends surprisingly well with many global cuisines, like Indian food! The South Asian flavors & aromatic spices complement this natto on Basmati rice with all vegan Sag Paneer, Chana Masala & Aloo Matar @Jackson Diner in Queens NYC.
Natto Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is having a moment, basking in the sun on beet hummus on gluten-free bread (by FreeBread) with natto on shiso leaf.
Roasted Corn with Natto
Sweet summer corn off the cob roasted briefly in the oven with olive oil and topped with natto, Mexican cotija cheese, cilantro & a splash of lime juice. So simply delicious! Natto is such a versatile topping for any simple vegetable side dish just like, or instead of, cheese.
Natto is a great plant-based addition to pasta dishes, like this homemade spin on Cacio e Pepe. Simple spaghetti tossed with plenty of Parmesan cheese, fresh cracked pepper, natto & blanched broccoli rabe leaves and flowers.
Natto with Salmon & mashed potatoes
Natto nestles nicely into a bed of creamy mashed potato with baked Alaskan salmon with savory teriyaki glaze
Natto blends well with all sorts of Middle Eastern mezze dips like this hummus (@Dizengoff's NYC) drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and Israeli salad of tomatoes, cucumber and parsley to be scooped up with fresh, warm pita bread.
Sometimes when I tell people I make NATTO, they hear NACHOS. Well, I can make them together: Why not fermented natto instead of refried beans on top of your mountain of cheesy tortilla chips, guacamole & salsa?
Natto French Onion Soup
French onion soup with natto = a revelation. The mouthwatering flavors of caramelized onion and melted Gruyere cheese go so perfectly with the fermented umami goodness of natto! Try it in other savory soups too.
Natto on Polenta
Cornmeal polenta is such a quick and easy meal--simply boil and stir for five minutes in water or broth (here I used a miso base) and you have a delicious, spoonable meal topped here with natto, summer heirloom tomatoes, figs, basil & Parmesan. Yum