Napa cabbage, known in Japanese as 白菜 hakusai, is in season from fall to winter.

When added to 鍋 nabe hot pot dishes, it soaks up the flavor of the soup stock and has a delicious texture.

Food manufacturer Mizkan Co., Ltd. posted a slightly different kind of dish using Napa cabbage on their Twitter account, and it immediately got noticed: An easy-to-make Napa cabbage and tuna salad!

Crunchy Napa cabbage and tuna salad

Napa cabbage is usually cooked but it can also be eaten as it is. Let's take a look at the recipe introduced here.


  • About 300g (10.5 oz) Napa cabbage
  • 1 can of flaked tuna in oil
  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 3 teaspoons of Mizkan Ajipon ponzu sauce [If you can't find it, equal parts soy sauce and lemon juice will work in a pinch]

First, cut the Napa cabbage into small pieces and add the canned tuna with its oil. Add white sesame seeds and Ajipon ponzu sauce, mix well, season to taste, and voila!

The crispy texture of the Napa cabbage, the tuna, and the flavors of the Ajipon go perfectly together. You won't be able to stop eating!

This easy-to-prepare dish has been receiving a lot of comments on the Internet, such as "I tried it and it was delicious! I can eat this every day!" and "I'll give it a try because Napa cabbage is cheap."*

* In Japan, compared to previous years, Napa cabbage is said to be cheaper in 2022 due to a bumper crop.

You can make a lot and use it as one of your "make-ahead" dishes. Why not give it a try?

By - grape Japan editorial staff.