Iriko Dashi (Anchovy Stock) いりこだし

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  • Learn how to make Iriko dashi, a Japanese anchovy stock made by boiling dried anchovy. This stock is fundamental to enhance your miso soup for authentic flavor!

    Iriko Dashi, Anchovy Stock and dried anchovy in bowls.

    Today I want to share how to make an anchovy stock called Iriko Dashi (いりこだし) in Japanese.  To create authentic Japanese flavor, making dashi is an inevitable step for Japanese cooking.

    Watch How to Make Iriko Dashi いりこだしの作り方

    Make a bold flavor anchovy stock by simply boiling dried anchovies, goes well with miso soup.

    I know, “dashi” sounds unfamiliar and you may feel reluctant to try…

    But!  Check this out.  Typical dashi recipes require:

    • 1-2 ingredients (at most)
    • total of 20 minutes for active prep/cook time

    It’s much faster than making vegetable or chicken stock, right?  🙂

    So far on Just One Cookbook, I’ve covered Awase Dashi (combination of Katsuobushi + Kombu) as well as vegetarian dashi such as Kombu Dashi and Shiitake Dashi.

    We make different types of dashi depending on types of food that it goes well with.  I know, it may sound a little bit complicated but there is no rule for which dashi you use.  For my daily cooking, I use mostly Awase Dashi which is a basic all-purpose stock that goes well with most Japanese recipes.  To read more about details in dashi topic, please check my main Dashi page.

    Iriko Dashi and Dried Anchovy in bowls.

    Common uses of Iriko Dashi

    Iriko Dashi is most commonly used for making miso soup as the bold miso flavor goes well with strong fish aroma (but does NOT taste fishy in flavor).  As dried iriko are more affordable in price than katsuobushi or kombu, and Japanese drink miso soup almost every day, using iriko dashi for miso soup is a very common choice.

    Anchovy stock is also a basic stock for Korean cuisine, and the process of making stock is very similar to one for Japanese cuisine.  For those who cannot find katsuobushi, you can try finding these dried baby anchovies/sardines from a Korean grocery stores to make Iriko Dashi.

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    Iriko Dashi (Anchovy Stock) | Easy Japanese Recipes at
    Iriko Dashi (Anchovy Stock)
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    55 mins
    Learn how to make Iriko dashi, a Japanese anchovy stock made by boiling dried anchovy. This stock is fundamental to enhance your miso soup for authentic flavor!
    Course: Condiments, How to
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: soup broth, stock
    Servings: 3 cup
    Author: Nami
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Iriko Dashi Ingredients
    2. This is an extra step and not everyone follows this method, but I highly recommend to remove the head and tummy parts to reduce bitter flavor in iriko dashi.
      Iriko Dashi 1
    3. Soak the iriko in the 4 cups of water for 20-30 minutes, preferably overnight.
      Iriko Dashi 2
    4. Transfer the water and iriko into a small saucepan and slowly bring the water to a boil.
      Iriko Dashi 3
    5. When boiling, skim and reduce heat to low and cook for 8-10 minutes.
      Iriko Dashi 4
    6. Remove from the heat and drain into a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl. Any extra dashi needs to be refrigerated and used within 3-5 days or freeze for later use.
      Iriko Dashi 5
    7. You can season the leftover iriko with sweet soy sauce flavors just like how we make Tazukuri (Candied Sardine). If you don't make it right away, you can freeze the cooked iriko and defrost to make it later on.
      Tazukuri | Easy Japanese Recipes at
    Recipe Notes

    Iriko (dried baby sardines/anchovies): Iriko can be found in Japanese/Korean/Asian grocery stores. You will need ¼ cup (10 g) of iriko for 500 ml water.


    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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