Homemade ponzu sauce recipe

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3/4 cup

Homemade ponzu sauce recipe

Ponzu sauce recipe Photo by Roberto Caruso

Meet soy's sassy cousin! Citrusy, sweet, sour and salty, it’s a breeze to whip up and makes everything from chicken to rice pop with vibrant flavours


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp instant dashi powder
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp lime juice


  • COMBINE soy with mirin, sugar and dashi in a small saucepan. Set over medium and bring to a boil. Whisk until sugar and dashi dissolve. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon and lime juices. Use right away or pour into a jar. It will keep well, refrigerated, up to a month.

Nutrition (per tbsp)

  • Calories
  • 12,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 342 mg.

Shopping tips

Mirin is sweet cooking wine made from rice. You can substitute 2 tsp maple syrup mixed with 1 tsp rice vinegar.

Dashi is a soup and cooking stock used in Japanese cuisine. Instant dashi powder is available at most Asian supermarkets.


Orange-Lemon Ponzu
Reduce sugar to 1/2 tsp. Reduce lemon juice to 2 tbsp and replace lime juice with 1/4 cup orange juice. Continue with recipe.

Orange-Lime Ponzu
Reduce sugar to 1/2 tsp. Reduce lime juice to 2 tbsp and replace lemon juice with 1/4 cup orange juice. Continue with recipe.

Four ways to use it

Citrusy white fish Bake sole or tilapia fillets at 450F for 8 min. Drizzle with Homemade Ponzu Sauce and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Perfect marinade Marinate bone-in skin-on chicken pieces in Orange-Lime Ponzu. Cover and bake at 375F until cooked through, 30 min. Serve with any juices.

Saucy sesame eggplant Heat a large non–stick frying pan over medium- high. Add 1 tbsp each dark sesame oil and vegetable oil, then 2 Japanese eggplants cut diagonally into 1/4-in. slices. Cook until golden, about 4 min per side. Transfer to a plate and drizzle with 2 to 3 tbsp Orange-Lemon Ponzu, sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Savoury mayo Stir 1/2 cup light mayo with 2 tbsp Homemade Ponzu Sauce, 1 minced garlic clove and 1 tsp grated fresh ginger. Serve with baked sweet potato wedges, chicken, fish or crudités.