Japanese Quiche with Burdock and Beef

Gobo to Gyuniku no Quiche

  • By
    Anna Tanaka
  • Time
    45 minutes
Japanese Quiche with Burdock and Beef

Quiche is a well-known traditional French recipe, but did you know that a Japanese spin on this favorite is possible with slightly different seasoning and ingredients? With this recipe, make Japanese-style quiche! It is recommended for those who have cooked basic Japanese dishes before or those in a variation on western food.  

The quiche is an iconic French dish that uses eggs and fresh cream as the main ingredients for the filling, and it is baked with other vegetables.

It looks like a cake because the recipe uses a tart mold in which the filling is poured and baked. It isn't surprising, then, that although quiche is French, the word came from “Kuchen”, which is “cake” in German. The standard ingredients in a basic quiche is bacon, egg and cheese, while spinach, asparagus, potatoes, are also commonly added.

Adding Japanese Flavor to Traditional French Cuisine!
A traditional quiche recipe usually calls for plenty of fresh cream and cheese, but this recipe substitutes ingredients for a Japanese twist. To cook quiche Japanese style, we add shiro dashi or white soy sauce with dashi flavoring. We also use burdock, which is a common root vegetable used in various Japanese dishes. It has a distinct bitterness and texture, adding a lovely, exciting accent to the filling. It is also a low-carb recipe, so it’s suitable for those looking for recipes low in carbohydrates.  

Although it’s a traditional French dish, it’s not difficult to give it a Japanese twist. All you have to do is change the seasonings and ingredients a little bit. It takes time to bake it in the oven, so why not cook it during the weekend while spending time with family?

Nutrition per Serving
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  • 2.82  oz Burdock
  • 2.1  oz Beef
  • 1.8  oz Onion
  • as needed Honey
  • tbsp Sesame oil
  • sprig Rosemary
  • tbsp Sake or Cooking wine
  • 0.5  tsp Salt
  • a pinch Pepper
  • 0.5  tsp Sugar
  • tbsp Black sesame seeds
    • A
    • Egg
    • 0.6  cup Heavy cream
    • tbsp Shiro dashi (versatile Dashi Base)
  • tbsp Shiro dashi (versatile Dashi Base) (for Step 5)
  • for the pie mold Pie sheet/crust
  • as needed Cheese (your preference)


Step 1

Preheat oven to 374°F (190°C).
Cut onion into thin slices. Combine with the beef and toss with honey.

Step 2

Shred the burdock into thin strips and soak in water.

Japanese Quiche with Burdock and Beef

Step 3

Heat sesame oil in a frying pan and add onion, drained burdock, rosemary and saute.

Japanese Quiche with Burdock and Beef

Step 4

When the vegetables start to wilt, add the beef and white wine.

Japanese Quiche with Burdock and Beef

Step 5

Add salt, pepper, white soy sauce dashi, sugar, and black sesame seeds, and fry quickly to finish the ingredients.

Japanese Quiche with Burdock and Beef

Step 6

Cut pie sheet to fit the pie mold. Make small holes in the sheet with a fork.

Japanese Quiche with Burdock and Beef

Step 7

Combine ingredients (A) in a bowl to make an aperaille.

Japanese Quiche with Burdock and Beef

Step 8

Spread the filling evenly on the pie sheet and pour in the aperaille.

Japanese Quiche with Burdock and Beef

Step 9

Fold the edges of the pastry and top with cheese.

Japanese Quiche with Burdock and Beef

Step 10

Lower the temperature of the oven to 356°F (180°C) and bake for about 20 minutes and you're done!


  • The beef should be mixed with onions and honey so that the enzymes can work and soften it.
  • For the cheese, use a type that easily melts.
  • Use a pie sheet that has been refrigerated until just before use.
  • If you don't have rosemary, you can use bay leaves instead.
Cooking Expert, Chef

Anna is a cooking expert, dietary life advisor, medicinal herbs coordinator and sweets concierge. She makes use of her experience of working for an agricultural food manufacturer, living in Germany, and traveling around Europe to experience the food culture of each country in creating her recipes. She is known for sharing her ideas on recipes that make both body and mind happy. Her motto is "Make cooking fun and the dining table bright ♪".