Easy Japanese Recipes

Shio Koji Karaage 塩麹唐揚げ

Shio Koji Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Recently I shared one of my favorite recipe Braised Herb Chicken, that I make with this amazing condiment, Shio Koji.  Today I used the same condiment to make Chicken Karaage.

Shio Koji Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Now, if you are thinking about trying shio koji for the very first time, I highly recommend testing it with this chicken karaage recipe.  I’ve made chicken karaage countless times for my family, but it’s never tasted this good!  As you bite into the crispy chicken, you can taste the flavorful garlic along with delicate umami taste from the shio koji.

Hikari Miso Shio Koji

Shio Koji (塩麹, 塩糀) is a rice malt (koji) that has been fermented with sea salt (shio).  It is a live food that is rich in enzymes and unlocks the umami flavor in foods.

The texture looks like porridge and has a subtle taste of both sweet and salty.  It is often used in place of salt to enhance all kinds of foods.  It marinates and tenderizes meat and can be used to season fish and vegetables (read more about it here).  (Photo Courtesy: Hikari Miso Co., Ltd.)

Hikari Miso is currently hosting sweepstakes to give away 30 Shio Koji bottles on their website (U.S. only).  If you want to try shio koji but it’s hard to find in a Japanese grocery store in your area, this is a great chance to win a bottle!  You can click here to enter.  Good luck!

To get the Shio Koji Karaage recipeclick here over at the Hikari Miso’s website.  Thank you for reading my blog, and enjoy cooking with shio koji!

Hikari Miso Shio Koji

Note: If you cannot find shio koji, use 1 tsp. salt instead for this recipe.

Hikari Miso products are available in Japanese grocery stores and Amazon.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hikari Miso.  To read more about my partnership with Hikari Miso, click click here.

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  • Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) December 1, 2013, 5:14 pm

    Yum! Nami, this looks and sounds delicious! I am such a big fan of Japanese karaage (I like it much better than any other kind of fried chicken from any other style/country), but I’ve still never tried tasting or cooking with Shio Koji. You’ve inspired me to finally buy some with this use of it! :)

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  • A_Boleyn December 1, 2013, 6:24 pm

    One day I really must make a version of the crispy chicken dish.

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  • Lynna December 1, 2013, 6:49 pm

    Nami, I always love your recipes! They always inspire me to learn how to cook! :) *I’m intrigued with thid shio koji sauce.

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  • Minnie@thelady8home December 1, 2013, 6:54 pm

    This chicken looks so crispy, and I am sure this tastes as good. I have started experimenting with Japanese condiments as you know, and while some of them have been grand failures (I threw out a miso ginger soup yesterday :( ), others are turning out to be quite neat, though not as nearly perfect as I want them to be. But I really want to keep trying new things. So this is another bookmark :)

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  • Randy Morin December 1, 2013, 7:02 pm

    Hi Nami, I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday. I was wondering if you’ve ever made the shio koji karage by baking? Was trying to find a healthier cooking method rather than frying?

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    • Nami December 4, 2013, 12:01 pm

      Hi Randy! Thank you so much for your kind words. :) Karaage by baking! Hmmm… I haven’t done it but I have seen it before. I think it’s possible – Let me know if you try it. :)

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  • Yi @ Yi Reservation December 1, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Chicken araage is one of favorite dishes at my local izakaya places here in NYC. The description of shio koji sounds fantastic. I’d love to try it in my kitchen one day. Thanks for sharing!

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  • John@Kitchen Riffs December 1, 2013, 8:55 pm

    Shio Koji sounds really interesting! I’ll be on the lookout for it – this chicken dish looks amazing! Thanks for this.

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  • Ash-foodfashionparty December 1, 2013, 9:01 pm

    Nami, this looks really good. I have never tried this and I can’t wait to try it out sometime.
    Hope you had a great long weekend sweety.

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  • Jeannie Tay December 1, 2013, 9:52 pm

    Lovely post Nami, the chicken definitely looks delicious and crispy…wish I could try this amazing sounding shio koji too!

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  • TheKitchenLioness December 1, 2013, 11:06 pm

    The chicken looks incredibly crunchy and perfectly deliciouas now you have me really curious about this condiment – shio karaage – must be quite good if you recommend it!
    Have a lovely week, dear friend!

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  • Dedy@Dentist Chef December 1, 2013, 11:29 pm

    this post made me craving even more for my shio koji that actually on shipping!
    i guess this koji could be good on beer batter too…..

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  • stella December 1, 2013, 11:48 pm

    Hi Nami just wondering where to buy shio koji in Australia? I am in Melbourne, thanks cheers stella

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    • Nami December 4, 2013, 12:04 pm

      Hi Stella! I hope you can find it! Do you have a big Japanese supermarket? If you do, I am pretty sure you can find it… shio koji has been very popular in Japan and if there are a lot of Japanese (especially from Japan) shopping at the store, they should carry it. :)

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  • Fern @ To Food with Love December 2, 2013, 2:31 am

    Shio koji is new to me, though interesting use of it in Karaage. Looks so crunchy and yummy! Wish I could win a bottle of it :p

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  • Kelly December 2, 2013, 2:54 am

    This chicken looks so crispy and delicious! I will definitely be on the look out for Shio Koji – it sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing Nami and hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday:)

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  • Belinda @zomppa December 2, 2013, 3:09 am

    Sounds like it would add some the perfect flavor!

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  • Baby Sumo December 2, 2013, 5:06 am

    Oooo I was planning to make chicken karaage tomorrow too. Wish me luck!hehe ;)

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  • Yelena December 2, 2013, 6:35 am

    Very addictive I bet-) Inspiring dish!

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  • easyfoodsmith December 2, 2013, 7:38 am

    Sounds amazing! I have a relative currently living in Tokyo and I am going to ask him to bring me Shio Koji on his next visit.

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  • Gintare @Gourmantine December 2, 2013, 7:38 am

    I can’t tell you how much I’d love to have this in front of me (and me being extra lazy to cook today has nothing to do with it). Lovely as usual, Nami :)

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  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking December 2, 2013, 8:15 am

    Nami, your fried chicken looks amazing. I am drooling over your pics!

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  • Ella-HomeCookingAdventure December 2, 2013, 8:15 am

    This looks amazing, will try to find this ingredient in the stores here. Hope I will find it.

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  • yummychunklet December 2, 2013, 10:13 am

    Sounds delicious.

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  • Rosa December 2, 2013, 10:50 am

    This is one interesting condiment! Very healthy and flavorful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  • donna mikasa December 2, 2013, 12:43 pm

    Shio koji sounds like an amazing product to have in my pantry! I can just imagine the umami flavor….mmmmm! Thank you for sharing your review!

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    • Nami December 4, 2013, 12:06 pm

      Thank you Donna! I tried other shio koji brands too, but so far I like this brand best (I’ve been using their miso for the longest time and I love it!). :)

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  • Raymund December 2, 2013, 1:00 pm

    Another karaage recipe, I just made one recently now I have to make another one with that secret ingredient. Hopefully I can find that here in Asian shops.

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  • nipponnin December 2, 2013, 2:43 pm

    から揚げ食べた~い!しかしこの頃はウエストあたりが気になります。塩麹はまだ残っていて、すぐにでも作れるという誘惑が、この写真を見るとさらに強まります。さて、秘密のプロジェクト早く知りたいですよ。楽しみ。

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  • Vivienne December 2, 2013, 3:19 pm

    My sister and I were salivating over your chicken karaage yesterday and very intrigued by shio koji…hopefully we can find it locally here in Sydney :)

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 2, 2013, 4:15 pm

    Your chicken karaage looks so good, Nami! Can we trade cookies for dinner? ;)

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  • Carolyn Kiely December 2, 2013, 6:20 pm

    You recently mentioned a beautiful white jar with a small bird perched on top. Could you remind me where I could purchase it? Thank you so much.

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    • Nami December 4, 2013, 11:49 am

      Hi Carolyn! Trying to remember…. You are not talking about shio koji jar (bottle) right? Do you know in which recipe/post I showed the white jar? Did I mention in Facebook? I remember…did you ask this question on Facebook? I remember someone mentioned about bird perched on top and I had no idea what that meant, but now since you are asking… :)

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  • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen December 2, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Your description of this chicken dish has me totally sold. I just want you to come make it for me, mkay? Hee hee :)

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  • Monica December 2, 2013, 6:48 pm

    This chicken looks incredible. I can taste the crispy, saltiness of it. And the shio koji is definitely something to look into. Thanks, Nami. Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season. : )

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  • Jayne December 2, 2013, 7:29 pm

    I need to try to look for this! So intriguing. I have been looking for yuzu too. The specialist Japanese store here isn’t that specialized. LOL. I’ll keep looking!

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  • mjskit December 2, 2013, 7:45 pm

    Oh Nami, you always make the simplest and tastiest dishes! I’m definitely going to be trying to win a bottle of this Shio Koji because I really need to make this karaage! Thank you for the recipe and the giveaway!

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  • Laura @ Family Spice December 2, 2013, 8:21 pm

    WOW! I learn something new every time I visit your blog! I totally need you to be my shopping buddy when I visit my local Asian market, Nami! This sounds delicious!

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  • Mich Piece of Cake December 2, 2013, 8:56 pm

    I order these at the Japanese restaurants all the time. This home made version looks easy to make and so so delicious.

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  • Hotly Spiced December 3, 2013, 1:28 am

    When I go to a Japanese restaurant I always order karaage. This looks amazing. I love deep-fried chicken with all those spices although I suppose it’s not good for me to have it too often xx

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  • Ramona December 3, 2013, 6:59 am

    Love this dish!! I would have the whole family gobbling these up. :)

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  • cquek December 3, 2013, 9:04 am

    Looks delicious! Love it!

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  • Sissi December 3, 2013, 9:25 am

    I haven’t had karaage for such a long time! I love it and this one sounds particularly tempting with this mysterious seasoning.

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  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz December 3, 2013, 11:34 am

    Again, very curious about this product and the this chicken dish looks so inviting.

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  • Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine December 3, 2013, 7:54 pm

    Oh yum! This chicken looks so good!

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  • Kitchen Belleicious December 4, 2013, 5:26 am

    you are such the expert! I love reading your instructions and your knowledge on your cuisine. This chicken dish looks amazing!

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  • Sarah & Arkadi December 4, 2013, 7:44 am

    We recently tried this at our favorite ramen place in Toronto! We loved it!

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  • Reem December 4, 2013, 3:45 pm

    LOVE!!!
    This looks soo Good Nami..
    B/W Im making your teriyaki burger tonite,.. My kids love it!
    Hope you are doing good and had a wonderful thanksgiving

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  • Emmi December 5, 2013, 4:12 am

    Hi there,

    So after reading your post I decided to get some shio koji and try this karaage as we eat chicken karaage about once every two weeks (small kids, you know the drill). The recipe says to marinate the chicken in the shio koji for 30 mins + but nowhere does it mention when to add the soy sauce/ginger/garlic that is in the list of ingredients. I just added it to the marinade but you may want to correct the recipe for others. Unless I missed something, which is also very possible (^_^)

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    • Nami December 6, 2013, 12:57 am

      Hi Emmi! No, you were right! It was completely missing from the recipe I wrote (but I used them in the recipe of course), so now it’s all updated. Thank you SO much for finding the mistake and letting me know. I hope you enjoyed this karaage with shio koji. :) Thank you again!

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  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You December 5, 2013, 1:21 pm

    The condiment is new for me…This braised chicken looks lovely!

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  • The Ninja Baker December 7, 2013, 3:07 am

    まだためしてないけれども日本人の友達は塩麹が大好きだそうです。本当に肉、魚、ご飯の味が高めるそうですね。なみさんの唐揚げはちょう美味しそうです!

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  • Sandra December 8, 2013, 1:49 pm

    This looks so good and I know my family would enjoy this. I would have to make a ton of this to fill them up but I wouldn’t mind!

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  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade December 9, 2013, 7:56 pm

    Karaage is one of my favourite Japanese dishes to order when dining out and this one looks lovely!

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  • Asmita December 11, 2013, 6:15 am

    This looks incredibly delicious!

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  • PolaM December 13, 2013, 10:18 pm

    Can I have a piece of that chicken? It looks amazing!

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  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today January 30, 2014, 6:35 am

    Now I know that I need to buy and experiment with Shio Koji, it sounds like a must ingredient.

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  • Simi April 2, 2014, 7:49 pm

    You have a beautiful blog, love the photographs and the rich recipes.

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