Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce ニンニク紫蘇醤油

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At times when I have limited ingredients in my fridge and I can’t think of anything new to cook, I go to this Japanese website called Cookpad.  It’s the Japanese version of or

My favorite flavored soy sauce, Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce, came from there.  This original recipe created a huge sensation in Japan a couple years ago.  This recipe has only 3 ingredients, but the combination of  Shiso, garlic, and soy sauce was probably unheard of or not a common combination back then.  It’s a pretty amazing sauce.  I love this sauce so much that I always keep replenishing the ingredients so it’s always ready to go when I need it.

I know Shiso is not a very common ingredient to find for most of my readers, but if you live close to a Japanese market I hope you try this distinct and unique herb.  It’s used in quite a few Sushi restaurants as garnish for Sashimi or found inside hand rolls.  I hope you will like this sauce as much as I do!

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Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce
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Serves: 1 jar/container
  • 10 Shiso leaves, rinsed and pat dry
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp. soy sauce (or until it covers otheringredients)
  1. Wash shiso leaves and pat dry completely with paper towel (it’s the key to preserve for 2-3 months).
  2. In an air-tight container, add shiso, sliced garlic, and soy sauce. Keep in the fridge for at least 1 day before you use it.
  3. Use the sauce, or/and garlic and shiso depending on your needs. After you use it, keep the container in the fridge. You can keep adding ingredients but use it within 2-3 months (as you see in this picture, I’m adding extra shiso and garlic here).
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  1. I have seen shiso leaves being used much in Japanese and Korean cuisines. I love the look of shisho leaves, but I don’t know where to get them here, I can imagine that the sauce must taste wonderful because I like the combination of garlic and soy sauce.

    • I’m not sure where you live CG, but do you have any Japanese store nearby? They should usually have shiso leaves, and they are sometimes called Ooba. English name was “perilla.” I hope you get to try this taste of an amazing combination!

    • Hi Lindsey! Thanks for letting me know about Acai Bowl! I’ll check Whole Foods here. Here’s another recipe using this sauce and marinated Shiso: Wrap Onigiri (riceballs) with these shiso leaves. It’s so good too! Summer is almost here and I can’t wait to eat cold Hiyayakko (the tofu dish you mentioned) too!

    • I think it’s much less Asian/Japanese population in Italy and I can see it’s pretty hard to find. :-( When you have a chance to visit here, I’ll cook for you! 😉

  2. Very nice sauce..Let me ask you can I substitute Shiso leaves with regular mint or basil? They are all from the same family, I just thought it would work well and maybe just the same? But I will try to find Shiso for sure!

    • Hi Sandra! All of the herbs here are very unique (and strong), so the taste is a little different. But you are used to basil/mint + garlic taste, so it’s the matter of adding soy sauce. 😀 It sounds a little weird to me, but you never know, it could be an amazing discovery (or total failure…LOL). You wanna be my guinea pig Sandra? Haha.

  3. I love shiso, but I never know what to do with it except make tempura. I love the idea of flavored shoyu. I’m so unJapanese for a Japanese girl. Thanks for keeping me close to my roots Nami!

    • Hi Jamie! Yum Tempura is a good way. My mom used all the leftover Shiso for tempura too. Haha I’m becoming of something non-Japanese too (maybe more Chinese after husband’s influence). I “think” I’m still a Japanese but when I see a Japanese person coming to the US, I feel like… I’m so different from them already. Hm is this sort of identity crisis? Haha.

    • Hi Sandra! Thank you! About cooking class, I actually thought of teaching Japanese food… but my kids are still small and they are mostly at home so I really don’t have “extra” time right now until they go to bed at 8pm. But thank you for your suggestion. You used to teach baking class right? How was your experience?

  4. There’s not much fresh Japanese products available near where I live. In fact some sushi restaurants use plastic shiso. Haha! Herbs can probably be added to that soy and garlic dip.

  5. Nami, I live in Germany and there are quite a lot of Japanese people who live in Frankfurt, unfortunately there are not many Japanese shops (and these don’t tend to sell fresh vegetables)! I probably need to visit Düsseldorf, because it’s known to have a very high Japanese population there. But it’s rather far away, that’s the problem.

    • Hi CG! I couldn’t tell you live in Germany because your Obento box has lots of Japanese products in there. How do you get all the products? Maybe online?

  6. When I waitressed at a sushi restaurant, I’d eat shiso straight up! I love the taste!!! I can only imagine how this garlic soy sauce must have tasted Nami!

    • Hi Tiffany! Yes, me too! It has good nutrients too. My mom always says “don’t leave shiso on your plate!” even it was a garnish… haha.

  7. Hi again, Nami :). I buy my bento boxes and accessories online, but the fresh ingredients I always buy from my local Asian grocery store. The store sells quite a lot of Asian goodies, but when it’s too specific like shiso leaves, it’s just impossible to get.

    • Hi CG! It’s amazing that we can find Asian market pretty much everywhere, as long as there are a few Asians. 😀 We are totally depending on the store for our meals!

  8. Jaqie

    I loooooove shiso and it drives me insane that I cant find it anywhere near my town!
    I am also a frequent cookpad user, hehehe. When I cant get a hold of my mom for recipes, I go to cookpad 😀

    • Hi Jaqie! 紫蘇が仙台にない??Cookpad便利だよね~。いろんなアイデアあるし。ただ、味付けは全て信用できないけど・・それぞれの家の味だからね。コメントありがとう!

    • Hi Beth! Great to hear from you! I’ve been waiting for your travel report! Yeah, I’d be surprise if an international market in Israel carries Shiso…

  9. Congratulations for this wonderful blog I have been reading for some time! I will definitely try this sauce. I love shiso (shiso shochu too…) and I feel this sauce will be simply delicious! A friend has very kindly brought me some shiso grains from her travel to Japan (quite difficult to get in Switzerland), so I hope I’ll be able to use my own balcony-grown shiso soon!

    • Hi Sissi! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving the kind message. How nice – now you can grow your ogranc Shiso. :-) I hope you will like the sauce. If you already like Shiso, I’m sure you will fall in love with the sauce! 😉

    • Hi Kath, I heard Koreans use Shiso too. Maybe your Asian market is Korean owned? Shiso is VERY unique taste that I don’t find anything to replace with. Even basil is not the same… I would consider planting seeds IF we don’t have occasional visits by deer and other wild animals. It’s quite expensive here too like $.10 per leaf… Sorry this is such a specific recipe.

  10. Hi Nami, thank you so muchfor telling me! I don’t know where the owners of that Asian market come from, but it’s the biggest one in Heidelberg and the only one that sells a variety of products from different Asian countries … Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India, … They also have an amazing assortment of frozen seafood and a lot of fresh stuff as well, this is why I love it so much. But I think if I can’t get shiso there, I won’t get it anywhere. :( Perhaps I can order shiso seeds on Amazon and try to grow it? 😉

    • Hi Kath! I’m happy to hear you like Asian food. It’s such a nice thing to hear from non-Asian person, really. Haha, I would…considering how much money I spend on Shiso at the store. But we live in such a windy hill that nothing will grow, plus wild animals. I heard from friends who grow Shiso that it gives so many shiso leaves… LOL. Either Shiso heaven or you will be selling shiso at your local Asian store. LOL. 😀

  11. I got a shiso plant this year for my garden and it’s growing like crazy! I love it!
    I chop it and toss it in salads, it adds such a unique flavor to whatever I use it in.
    I want to try shiso pesto too – especially since my plant is so prolific!
    Going to make this sauce now.
    I’m so happy!

    • Hi Jen! I’m so jealous of your shiso in your garden! I heard it grows nicely – I really should plant it too! I hope you enjoy the sauce. :)

  12. nancy nakatsuka

    Hi – I have a question – is there a way to grow shiso leaves from a single leaf ? I took some leaves home with me after eating sushi – the leaves were part of the ingredient / decoration on my plate. I have made this sauce before and my husband loves it. He puts it on his grilled salmon.

    • Hi Nancy! I’m not too sure. I looked up on the internet to see if anyone tried but I couldn’t find. I think you will need seeds to start. Shiso garlic soy sauce is really delicious. I’m so happy to hear your husband enjoyed it. I’m hoping to grow shiso too… Sorry I can’t help much. :(

  13. Judith

    I made this Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce as your taught us, for making the Beef Donburi. As I made more than enough, kindly let me know what other dishes can I use this soy sauce for please?

    • Hi Judith! I hope you enjoyed this sauce! This soy sauce can be used to replace regular soy sauce. I use it to make Japanese style pasta (it works great with my Ume Shiso Pasta recipe, fried rice (just a drop of this soy sauce), pour over my Cold Tofu recipe, I use it to eat sashimi, use for my Yaki Onigiri recipe, Karaage recipe, grilled corn…. etc… Hope this helps! :)