Negi Shio Dare: Salt-Based Green Onion Sauce

“Negi Dare (ねぎだれ)” is a simple, versatile green onion sauce sometimes prepared in Japanese households, as I wrote about how to make and use it before.

Negi Shio Dare (ねぎ塩ダレ)

The Japanese green onion sauce Negi Dare is soy sauce-based.

But salt-based versions also exist, which are generally called “Negi Shio Dare (ねぎ塩ダレ)” as, in its name, “Shio (塩)” means “salt” in Japanese.


Steamed Chicken with Negi Shio Dare

As with regular soy sauce-based Negidare sauce, Negi Shio Dare is also easy to prepare like this.

  1. First, chop green onion’s white part into small pieces.
  2. Then combine them with seasonings such as sesame oil, salt, and black pepper. Basically, that’s all you have to do here.

For those who want to know the mixing ratio of seasonings to make tasty Negi Shio Dare, here are two examples from popular Japanese recipe sites and Nadia.

From Cookpad

Ingredient Ratio
Grated Garlic One clove
Chicken Broth Mix 1 teaspoon
Salt 1/3 teaspoon 
Sesame Oil 2-3 tablespoons
Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, White Sesame Seeds As you like

From Nadia

Ingredient Ratio
Sesame Oil 5 tablespoons
Salt 1 teaspoon
Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon
Black Pepper A generous amount

Choose one of these and mix all the ingredients well. Then, combine the mixture with finely chopped green onions or scallions, and keep it in a lidded jar.

The resulting Negi Shio Dare sauce can be preserved for 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator.


The salt-based Negidare sauce Negi Shio Dare pairs well with cooked meat in general and is perfect for grilled beef tongue or Gyutan.  

Also, it goes well on a warm bowl of white rice and can be used as a seasoning for fried dishes like Chahan.


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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