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Yuzu Kosho

  • Yuzu koshō is a Japanese condiment that originated in Kyushu, Japan. It is a fermented paste made from chili peppers, yuzu peel, and salt.

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    What is Yuzu Kosho

    Yuzu koshō (柚子胡椒) is a Japanese seasoning, originated in Kyushu, the third largest and most southern of the four main islands of Japan. It is a paste made from chili peppers, yuzu peel, and salt which is then allowed to be fermented.

    • Green yuzu kosho – green yuzu + green chili peppers (spicier)
    • Red yuzu kosho – yellow yuzu + red chili peppers (less spicy)

    Yuzu kosho is usually used as a condiment for hot pot dishes, miso soup, sashimi, and sauce/seasonings/dressings. My recipes using Yuzu Kosho are listed below.

    Yuzu Kosho | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    Where to Buy Yuzu Kosho

    Most Japanese grocery stores like Mitsuwa and Nijiya carry yuzu kosho bottles in the condiments section (at Nijiya, it’s in the Japanese spice/salt shelf). You can purchase this yuzu kosho or other brands on Amazon as well.

    Yuzu Kosho on Amazon | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    How to Store Yuzu Kosho and How Long It Lasts

    Before opening the package, it can be stored in a cool dark place for up to a year.

    After opening, you can keep yuzu kosho in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 months and in the freezer for up to 1 to 1.5 years.

    Recipes Using Yuzu Kosho

    Pork belly and vegetable miso soup served in the Japanese wooden bowl.

    Miso Soup with Yuzu Kosho

    On a wooden board, there is a small white dish containing burrata cheese, ikura, and arugula, served with crostini.

    Burrata Crostini with Ikura and Yuzu Pepper

    Gyutan (BBQ Beef Tongue)

    Gyutan (BBQ Beef Tongue)

    Hamachi Teriyaki with Yuzu Kosho | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

     

    Hamachi Teriyaki (Yellowtail) with Yuzu Kosho

    Chicken and Shiso Gyoza with Yuzu Kosho Ponzu Sauce | JustOneCookbook.com

    Chicken Shiso Gyoza with Yuzu Kosho

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