Buy ponzu sauce, the Japanese citrus dipping sauce
Ponzu is a citrus sauce commonly used in Japanese cuisine. Tart, thin and dark brown, it delivers a distinctive umami flavour. Ponzu sauce is made by simmering mirin, rice vinegar, katsuobushi flakes (bonito fish) and seaweed. After letting it cool completely and straining it, citrus juice is added for tartness.
Whereas a homemade ponzu sauce recipe may call for lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice or lemon zest, authentic ponzu is soured with aromatic Japanese citrus fruits: fresh yuzu, daidai, yuko, kabosu or sudachi. Our Japanese ponzus are made with natural ingredients like shiitake mushroom, bonito stock, kombu, honjozo shoyu (soy sauce) and hon mirin (Japanese sweet cooking sake) for a complex umami flavour balanced with the distinctive citrus zing.
Ponzu is perfect for dressing cold noodles, salads, grilled meats and fish, as a marinade or as a dip for sushi and sashimi. Chefs from The Fat Duck, Sat Bains and Mark Hix use our ponzus in a variety of ways: as marinades, dips, dressings and sauces. Join the pros today and deliver the authentic flavour of Japanese cuisine to your dishes. Happy cooking!