Learn how to make Ogura toast, a Japanese breakfast recipe that is also healthy. Adzuki bean paste is smothered on freshly toasted bread for a sweet and creamy taste that will jump-start your day the right way.

Super easy and super tasty, this recipe transforms your regular toast into Japanese-style fancy toast! An authentic Japanese recipe that will change the way you look at starting your day, Ogura toast is a favorite Japanese dish that has not yet broken into the mainstream in the west. Better yet, it’s a healthy way to start the day. Adzuki beans are sweet and savory at the same time, a pure flavor blast that you will soon be addicted to. In our easy to follow video and recipe, we are going to show you how to make this yummy breakfast dish right in your home kitchen. Get ready to fall in love.

What is Ogura Toast?

Ogura toast is now eaten all over Japan, but it originated in Nagoya, the capital of Aichi prefecture. It consists of toasted bread smothered with sweet red bean paste (Adzuki bean paste) and a bit of butter or margarine. It’s a breakfast staple, often with a cup of coffee. Sometimes people even add a side of whipped cream. In traditional Japanese food culture, Shokupan bread is used, which is a bit thicker white bread than standard western sandwich bread. The result is a sweet and flavorful simple dish. It is light on the stomach but still provides some real fuel and energy for starting the day.

Start Your Morning with Red Bean Paste

Besides the yummy taste, there are some seriously amazing health benefits associated with adzuki beans. The high levels of dietary fiber improve digestion and lower the risk of diabetes. Also, the high mineral content of adzuki beans make for healthier teeth and bones. Used in everything from pastries to ice cream, adzuki beans are a great way to get a sweet fix and eat healthy at the same time. Keep in mind that different varieties of red bean pastes and jams contain varying amounts of sugar. However, you can always try making adzuki bean paste at home. We are pretty sure that once you try it, you are going to make Ogura toast a part of your daily routine!

Cooking Tips

  • Traditional Ogura Toast tops red bean paste with a tablespoon of butter or margarine. This recipe, however, tops red bean paste with whipped cream.
  • You can use different kinds of bread, but white bread’s plainness makes the taste of red bean paste stands out.
  • We recommend using a chunky red bean paste rather than the smooth one to add some texture.

Ogura Toast

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 8 pieces



  1. Cut the white bread into fourths and toast until crisp.
  2. Spread margarine or butter on toast while hot.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of red bean paste and 1 tablespoon of whipped cream on each toast square.
  4. Enjoy!