Yuzu Kosho : 7 Ways to Use Japanese Citrus Pepper Paste

When eating Japanese foods, have you ever used “Yuzu Kosho (柚子胡椒)”? Yuzu Kosho is a common Japanese condiment. Especially in the Kyushu region of Japan, it is widely used for a variety of foods.

Yuzu Kosho

Yuzu Kosho is a pasty condiment made from Yuzu citrus peel, red chili pepper or green chili, and salt. The 3 ingredients are ground together, then aged.

“Yuzu (柚子)” is a citrus fruit that grows in East Asia, which is very fragrant but has a strong acidity.

Yuzu Citrus Fruit

The Japanese citrus pepper paste, Yuzu Kosho features a nice fragrance of Yuzu and a unique pungent flavor that is quite different from the spiciness of chilies.

So if you just add a small amount of Yuzu Kosho to some food, you will be able to enjoy a pleasant change of its taste.

How to Use Yuzu Kosho

In Japan, Yuzu Kosho is used in various ways. Thus, today let me introduce 7 basic and typical ways to use the lumpy citrus pepper paste.

1. For Grilled Chicken and Beef Steak

a24779fd3b8d8dd08ff7dc339c77571b_s

Yuzu Kosho matches perfectly with grilled meat. In fact, many Japanese love to eat grilled meat, such as “Yakitori (焼き鳥)“, with the citrus pepper paste. Simply put a little amount of Yuzu Kosho on the meat and enjoy. It is also good to use the citrus pepper paste as a seasoning for sauce. For example, Yuzu Kosho pairs well with steak sauce.

2. For Miso soup

5f969690a93ecfbfa4fa7d323df5f620_s

Yuzu Kosho works well with Miso soup. It is said that the Japanese citrus pepper paste makes a great pair especially with the Miso soup made with white miso paste. Put and dissolve a dash of the lumpy paste in the soup and enjoy.

3. For Pasta

80cde4e785cf1c03feb7ca3863a87147_s

Yuzu Kosho goes unexpectedly well with pasta, particularly with the Japanese-style pasta flavored mainly with soy sauce. While cooking pasta, drop in a pinch of Yuzu Kosho as a secret ingredient. What is more, the Japanese citrus condiment also works well with butter.

4. For Tempura 

7358aab4def621c99946aa2981056a5a_s

Using Yuzu Kosho for Tempura is one of the most common eating manners in the Kyushu region of Japan. Simply add a proper amount of the citrus pepper paste to the thin soy-sauce-based dipping sauce for tempura “Tentsuyu (天つゆ)“.

5. For Udon Noodle Soup

a788fe02e4f2572bd08c44bdbf5041c2_s

Although Japanese people usually sprinkle the spicy, flavorful Japanese condiment Shichimi Togarashi over Udon noodle soup, if you add some Yuzu Kosho to the noodle dish, instead of the 7 spice blend, that gives the food a distinct, fragrant touch.

6. For Dressing

42b0db57f29ec8e419c0bb21895a6e00_s

Don’t you have an unused dressing in the refrigerator? Yuzu Kosho works well with salad dressings as well. Mix a proper amount of the Japanese citrus pepper paste with the unused dressing and let’s turn it into one with a refreshing, new flavor.

7. For Sashimi

4dba14a03edbd6a72959e3cdc3e45030_s

Yuzu Kosho goes unexpectedly well with Sashimi. Instead of Wasabi grated Japanese horseradish, put a pinch of the pasty citrus condiment in soy sauce and let’s enjoy the fresh raw fish slices dipping in the pleasant pungent sauce.

Tomo

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: