63+ Great Japanese Cooking Utensils Vocabulary

How are you going to cook without utensils?! It’s time to go shopping for kitchen supplies. But before you head out to the store, you’d better brush up on some Japanese cooking utensils vocabulary.

Below you’ll find lots of Japanese words related to kitchen utensils so you can adequately enjoy cooking food in your kitchen. Japan has all the standard kitchen tools you’ll need and some very interesting cultural kitchen utensils specific to cooking Japanese cuisine.

These are difficult to get outside of Japan, and it appears very few people have taken photos of these utensils. Still, we tried our best to find some images for you.

The Japanese, of course, love to eat fish and sushi, but there is far more than that to cook and eat in Japan. What will you encounter during your time there? Your food journey will be full of surprises and new tastes!

The Japanese culture is heavily based on work, resulting in most people eating street food or out at restaurants. Some people find the time for a home-cooked meal during special celebrations.

Perhaps you want to impress someone with your cooking abilities.

Whether that’s the case or you enjoy cooking for yourself, it’s time to learn and get to know utensils in Japanese!


Types Of Food In Japan

Japanese cooking utensil vocabulary

If you’re interested in cooking local Japanese food in your daily life, you should become familiar with the most popular dishes to prepare in Japan. 

It will help you to know what sorts of kitchen tools you’ll need to purchase, such as chopsticks, bowls, plates, knives, and other dishes you may need. Know that rice is a huge part of the cuisine, so you’ll want to pick up a high-quality rice cooker.

Name in EnglishJapanesePronunciation
Kaiseki懐石kai-sek-ee [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]懐石[/Speechword]
Miso soupみそ汁mee-so-sheru [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]みそ汁[/Speechword]
Natto納豆na-toe [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]納豆[/Speechword]
Odenおでんoo-den [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]おでん[/Speechword]
Okonomiyakiお好み焼きo-ko-nom-ee-yak-ee [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]お好み焼き[/Speechword]
Onigiriおにぎりo-nee-gear-ee [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]おにぎり[/Speechword]
Ramenラーメンraa-men [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ラーメン[/Speechword]
Sashimi刺身sha-shi-mee [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]刺身[/Speechword]
Shabu Shabuしゃぶしゃぶsha-boo-sha-boo [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]しゃぶしゃぶ[/Speechword]
Sobaそばso-ba [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]そば[/Speechword]
Sukiyakiすき焼き soo-kee-a-kee [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]すき焼き [/Speechword]
Sushi寿司tsu-shi [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]寿司[/Speechword]
Takoyakiたこ焼きta-ko-ya-kee [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]たこ焼き[/Speechword]
Tempura天ぷらtem-purr-a [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]天ぷら[/Speechword]
Tofu豆腐toe-foo [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]豆腐[/Speechword]
Tonkatsuとんかつton-cat-sue [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]とんかつ[/Speechword]
Udonうどんoo-don [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]うどん[/Speechword]
Unagiうなぎoo-na-gee [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]うなぎ[/Speechword]
Wagashi和菓子wa-ga-shi [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]和菓子[/Speechword]
Yakitori焼き鳥ya-key-tor-ee [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]焼き鳥[/Speechword]


Unique Japanese Cooking Utensils Vocabulary

There are some very unique kitchen utensils particular to Japan. These are just a few that you may end up in your kitchen if you plan to cook Japanese food.

  • Donabe – 土鍋 (do-na-bay) [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]土鍋[/Speechword]
  • Egg mold – 卵型 (ta-ma-go-ga-ta) [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]卵型 [/Speechword]
Egg mold
  • Fish roaster – フィッシュロースター (fish-hero-su-ta) [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]フィッシュロースター [/Speechword]
  • Fish scaler – フィッシュスケーラー (fish-ku-tera) [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]フィッシュスケーラー [/Speechword]
  • Gyoza press – 餃子プレス (gee-o-za-pre-es-oo) [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]餃子プレス[/Speechword]
  • Omelet pan – オムレツパン (oo-mer-ette-span) [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]オムレツパン[/Speechword]
Japanese cooking utensil vocabulary
  • Onigiri mold – おにぎり型 (oo-ni-gear-ee-gata) [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline] おにぎり型[/Speechword]
onigiri mold
  • Pickling press – ピクルスプレス (pick-oo-roo-soo-poo-roo-soo) [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ピクルスプレス[/Speechword]
  • Rice washer – ライスウォッシャー (rice-oo-osha) [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ライスウォッシャー [/Speechword]
  • Sukiyaki pot – すき焼き鍋 (soo-key-ya-key-na-bay) [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]すき焼き鍋 [/Speechword]
Sukiyaki pot 
  • Takoyaki maker – たこやきメーカー (ta-koh-ya-key-meh-ka) [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]たこやきメーカー[/Speechword]
Japanese cooking utensil vocabulary Takoyaki maker


Western Japanese Cooking Utensils Vocabulary

Here is a listing of typical kitchen tools in Japanese.

Name in EnglishJapanesePronunciation
Bottle openerボトルオープナーbo-tor-o-oo-poo-na [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ボトルオープナー [/Speechword]
Bowlボウルbo-ru [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ボウル[/Speechword]
Butcherknife肉切り包丁nee-ku-kiri-bo-cho [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]肉切り包丁[/Speechword]
Can opener缶切りkan-kiri [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]缶切り[/Speechword]
Chopsticksha-shi [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]箸[/Speechword]
Colanderザルzar-oo [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ザル [/Speechword]
Cutting boardまな板ma-nai-ta [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]まな板[/Speechword]
Dishes料理ree-ori [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]料理 [/Speechword]
Forkフォークfor-ku [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]フォーク[/Speechword]
Frying panフライパンfoo-rai-pan [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]フライパン[/Speechword]
Kitchen knife包丁hoe-joe [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]包丁[/Speechword]
Lidfu-ta [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]蓋 [/Speechword]
Measuring cup計量カップkerri-o-ka-pu [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]計量カップ[/Speechword]
Measuring spoons計量スプーンkerri-o-spoon [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]計量スプーン[/Speechword]
Peelerピーラーpee-ra [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ピーラー [/Speechword]
Platesa-ra [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]皿[/Speechword]
Potポットpot-o [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ポット[/Speechword]
Skewertsu-shi [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]串[/Speechword]
Spatulaへらhera [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]へら[/Speechword]
Spoonスプーンspoon [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]スプーン[/Speechword]
Strainerストレーナーsto-rai-na [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ストレーナー[/Speechword]
Whisk泡 立て 器ah-wah-decki [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]泡 立て 器 [/Speechword]
Wok中華鍋choo-ka-na-bay [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]中華鍋[/Speechword]


Kitchen Appliances In Japanese

Japanese kitchen Utensils
Dishwasher食器洗い機show-key-a-rai-key [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]食器洗い機[/Speechword]
Microwave oven電子レンジden-gee-ren-gee [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]電子レンジ[/Speechword]
Refrigerator冷蔵庫ray-zo-ko [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]冷蔵庫[/Speechword]
Ovenオーブンoh-bun [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]オーブン[/Speechword]
Stoveストーブsto-boo [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ストーブ[/Speechword]
Rice cooker炊飯 器zee-han-gee [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]炊飯 器[/Speechword]
Kettleケトルke-tor-oo [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ケトル[/Speechword]
Sinkシンクshink-oo [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]シンク[/Speechword]
Garbage canゴミ箱go-mee-ba-ko [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ゴミ箱[/Speechword]


Phrases And Japanese Cooking Utensils Vocabulary To Use While Shopping

While shopping, you may need this Japanese vocabulary and words to ask for help in locating things in the store in your daily life in Japan.

You’ll notice that in each question, the thing you’re asking for is the first thing in the sentence, followed by the question. This is the opposite of English sentence structure.

Where can I find the kitchen tools?キッチンツールはどこにありますかkitchen-soo-roo-ah-dokoo-nee-ari-mas-ka? [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]キッチンツールはどこにありますか [/Speechword]
Where can I find a kitchen knife?包丁はどこにありますかho-cho-ah-dokoo-nee-ari-mas-ka? [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]包丁はどこにありますか[/Speechword]
Where is a cutting board?まな板はどこにありますかma-nai-ta-ah-dokoo-nee-ari-mas-ka? [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]まな板はどこにありますか[/Speechword]
Where is a frying pan?フライパンはどこですかfoo-rai-pan-ah-dokoo-nee-ari-mas-ka? [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]フライパンはどこですか[/Speechword]
Where is a pot?鍋はどこですかpot-o-ah-dokoo-nee-ari-mas-ka? [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]鍋はどこですか[/Speechword]
Where can I find a whisk?泡立て器はどこにありますかah-wah-decki-ah-dokoo-nee-ari-mas-ka? [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]泡立て器はどこにありますか[/Speechword]
Where can I find a rice cooker?炊飯 器はどこにありますかzee-han-gee-ah-dokoo-nee-ari-mas-ka? [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline] 炊飯 器はどこにありますか [/Speechword]
Where are the bowls?ボウルはどこにありますかbo-ru-ah-dokoo-nee-ari-mas-ka? [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]ボウルはどこにありますか[/Speechword]
Where are the chopsticks?箸はどこにありますかha-shi-ah-dokoo-nee-ari-mas-ka? [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]箸はどこにありますか[/Speechword]
Where are the dishes?お皿はどこですかo-sara-ah-dokoo-nee-ari-mas-ka? [Speechword voice=”Japanese Female” isinline]お皿はどこですか[/Speechword]


It’s Time To Cook And Learn!

Hopefully, this article will improve your Japanese vocabulary and help you understand how to ask for kitchen utensils and appliances when shopping.

We’d love to help you learn even more Japanese vocabulary, especially the pronunciation of this entertaining language to speak.

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