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Quick Ponzu Sauce


Ponzu is a dipping sauce for dishes like Shabu Shabu
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Ponzu basically means various citrus juices. The sour sauce made by mixing citrus juice with soy sauce and other ingredients is called ponzu shoyu or ponzu sauce.

When translated literally, ponzu means vinegar punch. The commercial form is widely available in Japanese grocery stores, but if you want to make your own, it's incredibly easy to do.

The citrus-based sauce is most commonly used for grilled meat or fish, but it's also a common dip for sashimi or hot pot-style dishes like shabu shabu.


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, or citrus juice
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup or more dashi


Mix soy sauce, lemon juice, and vinegar in a bowl. Add dashi to the sauce. Adjust the amount of dashi to your preference.
*Makes about 1 cup.

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