This unassuming small jar of Japanese seasoning packs a ton of flavor so unique you have to try it to really appreciate it. I always have a jar of it in the fridge and it can be added to so many dishes for that extra citrus zing and heat.

Yuzu kosho

What is yuzukosho? Yuzukosho is a Japanese citrus-chile paste made of yuzu peel, spicy chiles and salt. Yuzu is a green citrus fruit that tastes like a mix between a Meyer lemon and grapefruit. Yuzukosho is fragrant and packs a lot of heat. While you can make this paste from fresh yuzu and chiles, you can buy this pre-made paste in Japanese markets.

How do I use yuzukosho? I’ve seen yuzukosho used on steak, fish, shell fish as a marinade. I personally enjoy adding just a small dab of it to any meat or fish as a condiment. A little goes a long way! You can also add vinegar and other seasonings and use it as a dressing in a soba salad.
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Where can I buy yuzukosho? You can find yuzukosho at most Japanese markets. I don’t think it’s widely popular enough to be found just in the ethnic aisle of your local supermarket. However, you can purchase it on here.


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