Mentsuyu (Japanese multipurpose sauce)

Mentsuyu (japanese Multipurpose Sauce) Recipe

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)


Mentsuyu (noodle sauce) is a very versatile sauce that gives many dishes a great Japanese flavor. This is perfect for dipping cold Soba or Somen noodles, tempura and more. It is so easy to make and keeps well in the refrigerator (2-4 weeks), and comes in handy in a crunch time for dinner. You can actually make a lot of it at once so that you don’t have to make it frequently. You can cook meat and vegetables with this sauce as seasoning, like a quick teriyaki sauce, or just drizzle over steamed vegetables or tofu.



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1 cup
10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


How to Make Mentsuyu (Japanese multipurpose sauce)


  1. Put all the ingredients in a pot.
  2. Let it boil and remove from heat.
  3. Cool completely in the pot.
  4. Strain bonito flakes.
  5. This is a condensed form of sauce, so dilute with water before using. One part this sauce and two parts water is good as dipping sauce, but adjust to whatever strength you like.

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About Mentsuyu (Japanese multipurpose sauce)

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Japanese
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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