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Ponzu Dressing

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Combining a quintessential Japanese ponzu sauce with other Asian staples such as rice vinegar and sesame oil to create a sweet, tart and umami flavoured salad dressing.

Ponzu Dressing

Japanese ponzu sauce is an umami flavoured sauce made of mirin, rice vinegar, katsuobashi and kombu. Once it’s boiled and cooled, a citrus of some kind is usually added to the sauce such as yuzu or lemon. It is dark brown in colour and is of a thin, watery consistency.

Katsuobashi is dried, fermented and smoked tuna flakes and you probably know it is bonito flakes. After simmering, the sauce is drained to remove the flakes.

Kombu is a type of kelp. Traditional kombu is found on the seaside of Hokkaido.

Ponzu sauce is most commonly used in Japan as a dipping sauce and is usually combined with some soy sauce. This umami and salty sauce are perfect for making salad dressings as its flavour permeates the ingredients beautifully and works extremely well as a marinade for meat and fish.

Ponzu Dressing Ingredients

Ponzu sauce: This Japanese umami sauce is easy to find in any of your Asian grocers or the Asian section of your supermarket. It’s a great sauce to have in your pantry for general cooking too. Try the Kikkoman Ponzu Sauce or the Marukan Yuzu Ponzu Sauce.

Rice vinegar: Made from fermented rice, rice vinegar is slightly sweet and has a mild flavour. Again, your Asian aisle in your supermarket will have this. Our go to rice vinegar is the Marukan Genuine Brewed Rice Vinegar.

Olive oil: Use your favourite olive oil to make this dressing.

Sesame Oil: Always good to have in your pantry for Asian cooking. A couple of drops makes all the difference to the flavour profile. If you like a Japanese brand, Kadoya Sesame Oil is a staple.

Ponzu Dressing Method

This is one of those nice and easy ones. In a small mixing bowl, add the ponzu sauce, rice vinegar olive oil and sesame oil.

Whisk until well combined.

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Ponzu Dressing with Sesame Oil

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Ponzu Dressing

Combining a quintessential Japanese ponzu sauce with other Asian staples such as rice vinegar and sesame oil to create a sweet, tart and unami flavoured salad dressing.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Dressing
Dietary: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Pescatarian
Food Group: Sauce/Vinegar/Oils, Seafood
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 28kcal
Author: Amy Chung

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, add the ponzu sauce, rice vinegar olive oil and sesame oil.
  • Whisk until well combined.

Equipment

Mixing Bowl
Whisk Small
Cups and Spoons
Pyrex Measuring Cup

Nutrition

Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 255mg | Sugar: 1g
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