RECIPE: Homemade Ponzu (Citrus Soy Sauce)

RECIPE: Homemade Ponzu (Citrus Soy Sauce)

Ponzu is a citrus based soy sauce that is tart and with a hint of umami. It is most commonly used as a dipping sauce for everything from tuna steak to hot pots, or to add a splash of flavor to many dishes. It's a staple ingredient in most Japanese pantries.  


  • ½ cup soy sauce (available in our Creative Beginnings: Redefining "Wa" Care Package)
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp orange or grapefruit juice
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 2  tbsp Mirin
  • 1 piece konbu (dried kelp)
  • ½ cup dried bonito flakes (skip if you are looking for a vegan variation)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar and shake together.
  2. Allow to sit in the fridge for at least a day (a week if possible) to make sure the sauce develops a depth of flavor. Add a splash to your favorite dishes or use as a dipping sauce.

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