Recipe Oshiruko

Oshiruko, also known as sweet red bean soup, is a traditional Japanese dessert enjoyed particularly in the colder months. This comforting dish combines the sweetness of red bean paste with the soothing warmth of a soup, making it a favorite during winter and New Year celebrations in Japan. Here's how you can prepare this delightful treat at home.


  • 200g sweetened red bean paste (anko)
  • 800ml water
  • 100g mochi (glutinous rice cakes), cut into small cubes
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon sugar (adjust to taste)
  • Optional toppings: roasted soybean flour (kinako), toasted sesame seeds, or whipped cream


  1. Prepare the Red Bean Soup Base:

    • In a medium-sized pot, bring the water to a boil over medium heat.
    • Add the sweetened red bean paste (anko) to the boiling water, stirring continuously until it dissolves completely.
  2. Add the Mochi:

    • Once the red bean paste is fully dissolved and the soup is smooth, add the mochi cubes into the pot.
    • Stir gently to prevent the mochi from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Cook until the mochi cubes become soft and chewy, usually about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Adjust Sweetness (Optional):

    • If you prefer a sweeter soup, you can add a tablespoon of sugar to taste. Stir well until the sugar dissolves completely.
  4. Serve:

    • Ladle the oshiruko into serving bowls while it's hot.
    • Optionally, sprinkle some roasted soybean flour (kinako) or toasted sesame seeds on top for added flavor and texture.

Tips for Perfect Oshiruko:

  • Consistency: Adjust the amount of water based on your preference for soup thickness.
  • Mochi: Cut the mochi into small cubes for easier cooking and eating.
  • Toppings: Experiment with toppings like whipped cream or a drizzle of honey for a modern twist.


  • Matcha Oshiruko: Add a teaspoon of matcha powder to the red bean paste mixture for a delicious green tea flavor.
  • Fruit Oshiruko: Garnish with slices of fresh fruit like strawberries or oranges for a fruity twist.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: Approximately 150-200 calories per serving, depending on the amount of mochi and toppings used.


Oshiruko is not only a dessert but also a comforting reminder of Japanese culinary tradition, particularly enjoyed during winter months or festive occasions. Its simple preparation and versatile nature allow for endless variations to suit different tastes and preferences. Whether enjoyed hot or cold, oshiruko is sure to warm both the body and the heart with its delightful sweetness and comforting flavors. Try making this at home to experience a taste of Japan's winter culinary delights!


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