Ponzu Dressing

Ponzu Dressing
Ponzu Dressing
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Ponzu Dressing


August 1, 2016This ponzu dressing marries Japanese favourites soy and mirin with a zingy citrus edge. Fresh and salty, it brings almost anything you put it on to life.

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • 5 mins

    5 mins

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Yields: Enough for 1 dozen oysters

Ponzu dressing is a Japanese standard that combines salty soy with the sweetness of mirin and zing of citrus. Clean, elegant and guaranteed to brighten up anything you add it to. A great addition to raw oysters - especially for those who aren't so sure, but do like sushi. In desperate circumstances you can even add some wasabi and pickled ginger.


30ml soy sauce

30ml mirin

15ml lemon juice

15ml yuzu juice

5ml sesame oil

1 tbsp pickled ginger, finely chopped (optional)


Stir soy, mirin and juices together. Add a few drops of sesame oil.

Drizzle over oysters.

Yuzu is a small Japanese citrus fruit that tastes something like lime and grapefruit mixed together. Unless you are lucky enough to find them fresh, your only option is bottled yuzu juice which is fantastic to have on hand. It can be hard to find, but a little goes a long way. If you can't track any down, you can substitute lime or lemon juice and still have a delicious result.


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Ben Macdonald

When Ben isn’t devouring food, he is thinking what to cook next. After spending his adult life eating his way around the world he ended up channelling his culinary creativity as a finalist in Masterchef Australia – famously impressing Heston Blumenthal with a campfire from steak and potatoes - before being eliminated the very next episode.
Following some time in several top restaurants he is now focussed on sharing his love of home cooking and making each meal better than the last.