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Shio Koji

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    Shio Koji

    Shio Koji (塩麹, 塩糀) is a mix of salt, water, and rice koji, and it’s a natural seasoning used to marinate, tenderize, and enhance the umami, or richness (one of the five basic tastes), in foods. It’s a live food that is rich in enzymes that break down the starches and proteins in food into sugars and amino acids.

    Shio Koji

    Rice koji (米こうじ, 米糀, 米麹) is steamed rice that has been treated with koji mold spores (Aspergillus oryzae, koji-kin 麹菌, or koji starter). You may wonder why we make rice moldy on purpose. Koji is a specific strain of mold that has been cultured over the centuries. Most likely, you’ve already eaten it. Koji has been the key ingredient to make misosoy saucesakemirinrice vinegar, amazake, shochu, and shio koji.

    Hikari Miso Shio Koji | Easy Japanese Recipes at
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    How to Make Shio Koji

    To get a step-by-step recipe for making shio koji at home, click here.

    Japanese Ingredient Highlight: Shio koji (塩麹, 塩糀). A century-old natural seasoning used in Japanese cooking to marinate, tenderize, and enhance umami flavor of a dish. Learn more about this all-purpose seasoning.

    Shio Koji

    Recipes Using Shio Koji

    Use shio koji to marinate meats, make pickles, or just use as a salt substitute. Shio koji is very versatile and can be used in any kind of cooking. See Shio Koji recipes!

    Shio Koji Chicken on a oval plate.

    Shio Koji Chicken

    A Japanese ceramic bowl containing Daikon and Cucumber Salad with Shio Koji.

    Daikon and Cucumber Salad with Shio Koji

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    Simmered Kabocha with Shio Koji

    Grilled Mackerel with Shio Koji | Easy Japanese Recipes at

    Grilled Mackerel with Shio Koji

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

    Shio Koji Karaage

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