Ponzu is a citrus-based dressing that’s commonly used in Japanese cuisine, characterised by its thin, watery consistency and its dark brown colour. Indeed, it’s easy to mistake ponzu as being plain old soy sauce (which is its primary ingredient), but ponzu adds that extra kick to your Japanese dishes. And it’s pretty simple to make. We show you how in this simple how-to of how to make Ponzu Sauce.

Ponzu History

But first, what exactly is Ponzu Sauce? What does the word mean and what can you use it for? The term originally found its way into the Japanese language as “ponsu”, coming from an old Dutch word – “pons” – meaning beverage made from fruit juices. The “su” was added to describe the sour, vinegar nature of the sauce.

What To Use It For

And what can you use it for? Ponzu is great as a dipping sauce for dim sum, dumplings, and even tempura chicken or vegetables, but you can also use it as a marinade for different meats or as a sauce for stir-fried meats and vegetables. You can even use it as a simple sauce for steamed vegetables, rice or salads! Indeed, the possibilities of using ponzu are almost endless. And it adds that extra something that differentiates it from soy sauce or teriyaki sauce, both of which are more common.

[Need an idea? Check out our Vegan Tempura Veggie Recipe or our Vegan Tempura Battered Mushroom Recipe]

You can find ponzu dressing in most supermarkets and online shops, but it’s also simple to make. So why not whip it up in your kitchen the next time you’re creating a delicious Japanese (or Japanese-inspired) dish?

Salmon with ponzu sauce recipe

Ponzu Sauce Recipe

The recipe below is for 2 servings.


  • 4 tbsp Tamari (soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Yuzu


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl/cup.

There really isn’t any more to it. Enjoy!

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