Tomato lover's guide: 3 lycopene-rich recipes to elevate your meals


Do you love tomatoes and are eager to discover more tomato-flavored dishes? We present three simple recipes that will expand your culinary repertoire.

Tomatoes: a nutrient-rich ingredient


Not only do tomatoes add a beautiful pop of red to your plate, but they're also packed with essential nutrients like lycopene, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Lycopene, known for its antioxidant properties, is said to combat free radicals, potentially reducing the risk of lifestyle-related diseases. While raw tomatoes are delicious, did you know that cooking them can increase the absorption of lycopene in your body? The heat softens the cell walls, making it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients, especially when combined with oil during cooking.

Tomato Rice


Our first recipe features a whole tomato cooked with rice, creating a flavorful umami experience enhanced by Kikkoman Soy Sauce. Seasoned with olive oil and black pepper, it’s low in salt, containing only 0.4 g per serving. Feel free to add herbs like oregano, cumin, or coriander to suit your taste!

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Tomato Rice

Sauteed Marlin with Freshly Diced Tomatoes


Next, we craft a sauce using fresh tomatoes, paired perfectly with Kikkoman Ponzu Sauce. This quick and elegant dish involves lightly dusting marlin fillets with flour, then sauteing and topping them with tomato sauce, creating a visually appealing meal that will disappear quickly from your plate.

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Sauteed Marlin with Freshly Diced Tomatoes

Braised Chicken in Tomato Sauce (Low Sodium)


Finally, let's use processed tomato sauce, which is richer in lycopene than fresh tomatoes. Searing the chicken skin, briefly cook the vegetables before adding the tomato sauce, and simmer for 10 minutes. This method offers a rich, savory tomato stew in just 20 minutes, shortening your meal preparation.

 Discover more tomato delights!

Our Cookbook features a variety of tomato-based recipes that are waiting to be discovered. Utilize the "Category Search" function to find your favorite tomato recipes or exclude ingredients you prefer not to use. Customize your tomato culinary adventures to suit your taste!

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These recipes are also highlighted on our Instagram account. Along with healthy recipes, you can enjoy insights into Japanese culture, see regrams from fans who've tried our dishes, and discover recipes from Kikkoman’s international teams. Share your tomato creations with #KikkomanLife and join our global culinary community!

Published on Apr 17, 2024