Unagi sauce

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Unagi sauce, a key component in Japanese cuisine, is a thick, sweet sauce commonly drizzled over grilled eel (unagi) and other types of sushi. Its history intertwines with that of unagi dishes themselves, which have been a part of Japanese culinary tradition for centuries. Unagi sauce is celebrated for enhancing the rich flavors of grilled fish, making it an indispensable condiment for dishes like unagi donburi (eel rice bowl) and various sushi rolls. The sauce’s perfect balance of sweetness and umami elevates the smoky notes of grilled eel, creating a harmonious dish that’s beloved across Japan and beyond.

Serves: +10
  • Soy sauce 100 ml
  • Mirin (sweet rice wine) 100 ml
  • Sake 50 ml
  • Sugar 50 g
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  • In a small saucepan, mix together the soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar. These ingredients form the base of unagi sauce, contributing a balance of flavors that’s key to its unique taste.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally to ensure the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Once simmering, lower the heat and continue to cook the mixture until it thickens slightly, which usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes. The goal is to achieve a consistency similar to a thin syrup, which will thicken further as it cools.
  • Remove the sauce from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. It’s now ready to be brushed over grilled eel or served alongside sushi.

Storage Tips

Unagi sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month. Its high sugar and soy sauce content act as natural preservatives, extending its shelf life.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Soy sauce, a primary ingredient in unagi sauce, is rich in umami, the fifth basic taste that is savory and deeply flavorful. Soy sauce is also a good source of antioxidants and has been linked to various health benefits, including improved gut health and reduced risk factors for certain diseases.

Interesting Facts

  • Unagi sauce is often confused with teriyaki sauce; while both are similar, unagi sauce typically has a thicker consistency and a more pronounced sweetness.
  • The tradition of eating unagi in Japan is linked to the annual event of Doyo-no Ushi no Hi, or the Day of the Ox, when eating unagi is believed to provide strength and vitality during the hot summer months.
  • Making unagi sauce at home allows for customization of its sweetness and thickness, making it a versatile addition to not only unagi but also other grilled meats and vegetables.

This homemade unagi sauce recipe offers a simple way to bring a taste of traditional Japanese cuisine into your kitchen, enhancing a wide range of dishes with its rich, savory-sweet flavor.

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