Asian Essentials: Homemade Ponzu Sauce

Andy Anderson !


Okay, I sincerely doubt that everyone is going to rush to the store to pick up these ingredients; however, there may be a few of you out there that just might enjoy a very popular sauce in Japan. Ponzu sauce is a citrusy version of a soy or tamari.

The reason I make my own, is that I know what is in it, and I like to control the citrus flavor. It took me several batches until I got the flavor I was looking for. My suggestion would be to make it per the recipe, and adjust future batches to suit your taste buds.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 1/2 c
    liquid aminos, or tamari sauce
  • 1/2 c
    dried bonito flakes
  • 4 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp
    grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp
    lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 medium
    lemon, just the zest
  • 1/2 oz
    dried kelp

How to Make Asian Essentials: Homemade Ponzu Sauce


  2. This sauce is not as well-known as tamari, or soy sauce, nevertheless it is a classic Japanese condiment. It is a citrus based sauce with tart-tangy flavor like a lemony vinaigrette.
  3. Because of its versatility & refreshing flavor, you can use the sauce in many ways… For example, a dipping sauce for seafood, as a marinade for grilled meats and vegetables, or a dressing for salads and/or cold noodles.
  4. Most of the larger grocers carry the Asian elements of this recipe; however, if they do not... there is always Amazon.
  5. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Combine all the ingredients in a tightly-sealed, non-reactive jar.
  7. Place into the fridge for about 2 weeks.
  8. Chef’s Note: Once a day, if you remember, go into the fridge and give it a light shake.
  9. After two weeks, run the sauce through a strainer, then reseal, and keep refrigerated until needed.
  11. Use anywhere you want a light soy/tamari sauce with awesome citrus notes. Enjoy.
  12. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Asian Essentials: Homemade Ponzu Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: Asian

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