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RECIPE: Tazukuri (Dried Sardines)

RECIPE: Tazukuri (Dried Sardines)


Tazukuri (literally “making rice paddy”) are sweet, crispy baby sardines that play an important role in osechi ryōri as they represent wishes for an abundant harvest (sardines were once used as fertilizers for rice fields).  

Servings: 4


  • 1 cup dried baby sardines or anchovies
  • 1 tbsp toasted Golden Sesame Seeds
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce* 
  • 1 tbsp honey


  1. Toast the dried baby sardines in a pan on medium for 5-10 mins or until crispy. Add the sesame seeds and toast from another 2 mins. Remove and place on parchment paper.
  2. In the same frying pan, mix sake, soy sauce, sugar and honey. Bring to a simmer and once thick, add back the sardines and sesame seeds. Mix until coated then transfer back to the parchment paper to cool before serving as a side dish.

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