Updated: November 06, 2018
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Wasabi Sauces: Some Great Ideas To Add Some Zing To Your Food

Wasabi is an intensely flavorful Japanese condiment. Most people know it as something eaten with sushi, but there are so many more ways to use it! This article has some wasabi sauce recipes (creamy or soy sauce-based). And also introduces on with what these sauces go well with (Hamburg steak, salads, fish).

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Wasabi, that beautiful green condiment of Japan that adds a whole lot of punch to anything! Most people know it as an ingredient used for sushi or sashimi, but there are many other ways to use it. For instance, you can make some awesome sauces with wasabi as a based ingredient. So don't limit yourself to sushi try these out! These sauces can give a lot of zing to your fish, steak or vegetables.

Different Kinds Of Wasabi

Before getting into the ways to make the wasabi sauces let's just clarify one thing. Wasabi, as it is traditionally consumed in Japan, comes from a root of a plant that grows in cool Japan valleys along mountain streams. If you can find this real wasabi, you're in luck! Your sauces will taste even more authentic. If you can't find this real wasabi, just get the one in tubes you can buy at your supermarket or online. That "wasabi" is actually a mixture of horseradish and mustard seeds.

Wasabi Soy Sauce

Just Use It As A Basic Dipping Sauce

One simple way to enjoy wasabi is by adding it to soy sauce. The amount you put in is really up to you. It simply depends on how strong you like the taste. This can be a dipping sauce for avocados for instance.

As A Salad Dressing

If you want more of a proper vinaigrette for a salad, then how about rice vinegar and some sesame oil? These are all Japanese ingredients that blend well together and make an amazing Japanese tasting soy sauce and wasabi base sauce. You can add a little sugar too for a sweeter taste.

> 1 Tbsp of soy sauce
> 3 Tbsp of vinegar (rice vinegar if you have some)
> 1 Tbsp of sesame oil
> 1 tsp of wasabi
> 1 tsp of sugar (or 1 Tbsp of Japanese mirin)

For the salad, avocados, tomatoes, chicken, and quinoa work well. Try to add some almonds to your salad too. Almond with a soy sauce and wasabi coating is a popular snack in itself, so that should be good.

Japanese Wasabi Soy Sauce For Hamburg Steak

The Japanese have this dish called hambaagu, which is actually a Hamburg steak. To go with this, you can make a delicious soy sauce-wasabi sauce. Try this.

> 4 Tbsp of soy sauce
> 4 Tbsp of vinegar (rice vinegar if you have some)
> 2 Tbsp of ponzu sauce (ponzu sauce is a lemony and savory Japanese sauce)
> 2 tsp of sugar
> 2 tsp or more of wasabi

For this sauce, just heat up all the ingredients in a saucepan. You might want to add the wasabi last, gradually tasting the sauce as you add the wasabi little by little. Wasabi can have an overpowering taste if you add too much. This sauce can work well for a basic steak as well!

Creamy Wasabi Sauce

Wasabi goes well mixed in with a creamy sauce. Try making your own wasabi mayonnaise. Simply mix in the following ingredients.

> 4 Tbsp of mayonnaise
> 1 Tbsp of soy sauce
> 1 Tbsp of olive oil
> 1 1/2 Tbsp of wasabi
> Black pepper to taste

This makes a great dipping sauce for spring rolls. You can also use it in your sandwiches or hamburgers.

White Wasabi Sauce For Fish

This is a creamy, buttery wasabi sauce that will go well with almost any kind of fish. You'll need the following.

> 1 Tbsp of butter
> 1 Tbsp of flour
> 2 tsp of wasabi (or to taste)
> 150 ml of milk
> 1 tsp of soy sauce
> salt to taste

In a frying pan or saucepan, melt in together the butter, flour, and wasabi until they form a paste.

Then add gradually the milk on low heat while mixing it to the paste. Once you've added all the milk, add the soy sauce and salt to taste. You're done. This is a delicious sauce that goes particularly well with white fish.

Where To Buy Wasabi Products

Whether you are in Japan or not, chances are you have access to all kinds of sauces made from wasabi. You can buy some from online retailers or sometimes you can even purchase some at your local supermarket. Kikkoman, a Japanese company sells the above wasabi sauce on amazon.com.


If you love wasabi, there are all kinds of uses for it that go way beyond the sushi and sashimi. Be creative and try out different recipes with wasabi, invent your own wasabi sauces. You might be pleasantly surprised by how much a little wasabi does at giving some kick to a meal.
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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