Negi Shio Dare: Salt-Based Green Onion Sauce

As I wrote about how to make and use it before, “Negi Dare (ねぎだれ)” is an easy-to-make, versatile green onion sauce that is sometimes prepared in households in Japan.

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 and are generally called “Negi Shio Dare (ねぎ塩ダレ)” as, in its name, “Shio (塩)” means “salt” in Japanese.

Basic Recipe

Steamed Chicken with Negi Shio Dare

As with normal soy sauce-based Negidare sauce, Negi Shio Dare is also easy to prepare. If I outline the basic recipe, first finely chop green onions or scallions, then combine the small pieces with seasonings such as sesame oil, salt, and black pepper. Basically, that’s all you have to do.

For those of you who want to know the proper mixing ratio of seasonings to make tasty Negi Shio Dare, here let me introduce 2 examples from the popular Japanese recipe sites and Nadia.


Ingredient Ratio
Grated Garlic A clove
Chicken Broth Mix 1 teaspoon
Salt 1/3 teaspoon 
Sesame Oil 2 to 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 goes well with cooked meat in general and is perfect for the grilled beef tongue or Gyutan.  It also pairs well with cooked rice, simply on hot plain white rice or as a seasoning for the fried rice dish Chahan or the like.


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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