Ponzu Sauce

Let’s say you’re flipping through a cookbook and you come across a recipe for Ponzu Sauce. The name sounds cool, but the ingredients include “bonito flakes”. Making a quick mental inventory of your pantry, you’re confident that bonito flakes are out of stock, as if they were ever in-stock. So, you move on to another recipe. Hold your horses. Traditional Japanese Ponzu Sauce does indeed contain the fishy flakes, but you can do a simplified flake-free version of this sauce that is perfectly suited for any fish.

Ponzu Sauce


  • Ponzu Sauce – 1 cup
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sake or dry white wine, but better with sake
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons cold water


  • Bring all ingredients except cornstarch mixture to a boil in a saucepan for about 5 minutes. Stir in cornstarch mixture to thicken.


  1. Julie on February 2, 2024 at 12:05 am

    Thanks, will try this asap!

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