Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes:

    1½ cups

Appears in

Japanese Food Made Easy

Japanese Food Made Easy

By Aya Nishimura

Published 2020

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Ponzu combines dashi ingredients (such as katsuobushi and dried shiitake) and infused soy sauce with citrus fruit. It’s great with grilled meat, with sashimi or carpaccio, as a dipping sauce for Hotpot and Gyoza Dumplings, and as a salad dressing.



  • 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 140 ml ( fl oz) freshly squeezed orange juice


  • ½ cup (125 ml) soy sauce
  • ½ cup (125 ml) mirin
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) sake
  • 10 g (¼ oz) dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 10 g (¼ oz) katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)


Mix the soy sauce, mirin and sake in a saucepan and heat until just below boiling point. Add the shiitake and katsuobushi and transfer it to the fridge to rest overnight.

Strain the sauce mixture into a bowl and discard the katsuobushi. Keep the shiitake to re-use in another recipe.

Strain the lemon and orange juices and add to the soy mixture.