Strawberry mochi, also known as ichigo (strawberry) daifuku, is a delicious Japanese dessert. A whole strawberry is covered in a layer of red bean paste and wrapped in mochi.
Fresh fruit desserts are the perfect way to start spring. I love this recipe because it’s just so FRESH and JUICY. Truly. Mochi is amazing, but when you add a tangy, sweet, and juicy strawberry in the middle? Perfection.
So I’m calling it strawberry mochi here, because if I called it strawberry daifuku, people may not know what it is. Daifuku is mochi filled with red bean paste. So, daifuku is more specific than mochi. This recipe could technically just be strawberry wrapped in mochi with no red bean paste, or maybe even pink “flavored” mochi. Nope, gotta have the layer of red bean in there.
Don’t be intimidated, these actually have a very easy ingredients list, and come together fairly quickly. Many recipes call for “shiratama-ko”, which I cannot always find at my local (non-Japanese) Asian store. I decided to make these with regular mochiko, which you can find at basically any Asian market or online, and they turned out amazing! I buy the white box with the blue star on the front. You’ll see it.
You’ll definitely impress and delight your friends with this fun mochi or any of my other mochi recipes including my most popular recipe, Hawaiian butter mochi. Watch the tutorial below to see how easy it is!
What is daifuku?
Daifuku (大福) sometimes also called daifuku mochi (大福餅) is Japanese dessert made of glutinous rice flour, bean paste and a sweet filling. It is a small round mochi with a sweet filling. The filling, strawberries are popular, are coated with bean paste wrapped in a layer mochi made from mochiko or sweet rice flour.
Is Daifuku Gluten free?
Yes! Because it is made with sweet rice flower, daifuku is gluten free and suitable for a gluten free diet.
Are there other kinds of daifuku?
Yes. There are different types of daifuku filled with different fillings. Here are a few:
Yomogi Daifuku (よもぎ 大福)
Any kind of daifuku which uses kusamochi (草餅), translated as “grass mochi.” This type of mochi is made with and herb, yomogi (mugwart) which gives it a green color.
Ume Daifuku (梅 大福)
Ume daifuku is another popular daifuku that is filled with sweet ume paste (plum).
Yuzu Daifuku (ゆず 大福)
This type of daifuku is made from the Japanese yuzu fruit. This citrus looks a bit like a grapefruit mixed with a lemon. It is known for unique flavor and strong citrus smell.