3 Basic Ways to Use Shichimi Togarashi

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” literally means “chili pepper with 7 flavors” in Japanese, it is made by blending coarsely ground red chili pepper and 6 other different kinds of aromatic spices.

Red chili pepper is Shichimi’s first ingredient and other typical ingredients include 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 in Japan, 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 condiments for Soba and Udon noodles, but we also use the spice mix in various ways, and in fact there are many Shichimi Togarashi addicts in Japan.

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

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Not only do the addicts and I love Shichimi Togarashi, but the majority of households in Japan actually have at least one bottled or canned Shichimi Togarashi or Ichimi Togarashi.

Ichimi Togarashi looks like Shichimi Togarashi, but it consists solely of red chili pepper flakes.

How to Use Shichimi Togarashi

Lastly, let me 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

Surume with Shichimi Togarashi Mayonnaise Soy Sauce
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 seasoning mixture as a dipping sauce for the 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 

Gyudon with Shichimi Togarashi
Actually, Shichimi Togarashi works well with a wide range of foods, but we Japanese especially like to sprinkle the aromatic condiment over miso soup, rice bowl dishes like Gyudon beef bowl, pickles, and Soba and Udon noodle soups.

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

Sweet and Savory Shichimi Togarashi Miso Paste Image : cookpad.com

The seasoning 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 sweet savory paste in Onigiri rice balls.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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  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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