3 Basic Ways to Use Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese 7 spice blend)

When you eat Soba and Udon, what do you sprinkle over the noodle soups as a condiment? Most Japanese people add the 7 spice blend unique to Japan “Shichimi Togarashi (七味唐辛子)” to make these Japanese noodle dishes flavorful and somewhat spicy.

As “Shichimi Togarashi” means “chili pepper with 7 flavors” in Japanese, it is a traditional Japanese seasoning made by blending coarsely ground red chili pepper and other 6 different kinds of aromatic spices, such as sesame seeds, dried ginger, dried orange peel, and Sansho pepper. The 6 spices other than red chili pepper vary depending on each Shichimi Togarashi product.

If you have a chance to go to a Soba or Udon restaurant, you will definitely find canned or bottled Shichimi Togarashi placed on the table to which a waiter leads you.

Shichimi Togarashi is not only one of the essential foods for Soba and Udon noodles, but we also use the spice mix in various ways. Actually, there are many Shichimi Togarashi addicts in Japan.

They have their own Shichimi Togarashi and sprinkle a large amount of the spice over almost any food. As for me, I don’t have my own Shichimi Togarashi, but I also like eating the foods over which the 7 spice blend is sprinkled.

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Not only do the addicts and I love Shichimi Togarashi, but many households in Japan also have at least one bottled or canned Shichimi Togarashi or Ichimi Togarashi. Ichimi Togarashi looks like Shichimi Togarashi, but it consists solely of red pepper flakes.

How to use Shichimi Togarashi

Finally, today I want to introduce 3 basic ways to use Shichimi Togarashi for those who are interested in the Japanese spice mix

1. Make a dip by combining soy sauce, mayonnaise, and Shichimi Togarashi

Combining soy sauce, mayonnaise, and Shichimi Togarashi to make a dip, this is one of the basic ways to use Shichimi Togarashi. We often use the mixture as a dipping sauce for broiled dried squid snack called “Surume (スルメ)” and fresh vegetables like cucumber.

2. Sprinckle Shichimi Togarashi over foods, such as Miso soup, rice bowl dishes, and pickles 

Shichimi Togarashi works well with various kinds of foods. Specifically, many Japanese like to add the aromatic condiment to miso soup, rice bowl dishes like Gyudon beef bowl, pickles, and Udon and Soba. So why not try out Shichimi Togarashi with various foods? Let’s find your favorite combinations that go well with the Japanese spice mix.

3. Mix up Miso, Mirin, and Shichimi Togarashi to make a savory paste


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The mixture of Miso soybean paste, Mirin sweet cooking rice wine, and Shichimi Togarashi can be used for various foods. Especially, we Japanese like using this savory paste for Onigiri rice balls.

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Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

1 Response

  1. November 13, 2017

    […] or bottled Shichimi Togarashi.Although we use the 7 spice blend in various ways,as I wrote in my past article before,the Japanese seasoning is generally used to give foods a kick by adding its […]

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