Ajitsuke (味付け): Meaning & 4 Standard Products

Ajitsuke (味付け/あじつけ) is a Japanese word usually used for food, and at supermarkets in Japan, you can find various “味付け” products.

But in the first place, what does Ajitsuke mean? Further, what are standard 味付け products that have long been staples in Japan?

Meaning of Ajitsuke (味付け)

Ajitsuke Meaning in Japanese

First, let’s look up the meaning of Ajitsuke on Goo as usual. According to their online Japanese dictionary sourced from Shogakkan’s Daijisen (小学館 大辞泉), 

  • 味付け/あじつけ means seasoning (味をつけること) or seasoned food (味をつけた食品).

4 Standard Ajitsuke Products

Ramen with Ajitsuke Nori Ajitsuke Tamago Ajitsuke Menma

Next, Ajitsuke (味付け: seasoned food) products often used in Japan throughout the year include,

  • Ajitsuke Nori/味付けのり: Sheets of nori (seaweed) seasoned with soy sauce and sugar and dried, typically eaten with a bowl of white rice
  • Ajitsuke Tamago/味付け卵: Peeled boiled egg seasoned by soaking in a soy sauce-based sauce for a while, typically served in a bowl of ramen
  • Ajitsuke Menma/味付けメンマ: Boiled bamboo shoots cooked with soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil, typically used as a ramen topping
  • Ajitsuke Inari Age/味付けいなりあげ: Aburaage (fried tofu pouches) simmered with soy sauce, mirin, and water, typically used for Inari Zushi


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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