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Jun 6, 2011 07:17 AM

Uses for Shichimi Togarashi?

Do you use Shichimi Togarashi? If so, how do you like to use it?


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  1. Tuna salad with mayo, a few drops of sesame oil and the hot pepper mix

    I use it mainly for sushi tho - spicy tuna rolls.

      1. re: paulj

        Except it's not a 'sauce' at all. It's a mix of 7 dry spices. I think that's what the name translates to. It has a great flavor and nice heat.

        1. re: AmyH

          That's why I put it in quotes. But like hot sauce it is condiment used to add spice to food, usually at the table.

          1. re: paulj

            True. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

          2. re: AmyH

            Amy, is it always the same 7 spices regardless of the brand? Kind of like Chinese 5 spice powder?

            1. re: Sailing77

              I believe it typically has chile pepper, roasted orange peel, sesame seeds, Japanese pepper (which I think is called sansho), seaweed and ginger. I'm sure it's possible that other brands have some other special things added to make them unique. I've only had the "House" brand and like it very much. It looks like Amazon sells some other brands, too.

              There's actually a recipe for the stuff on Chow:
              but it has garlic instead of ginger for some reason. Maybe that's what makes it nanami togarashi.

              1. re: AmyH

                I read someplace that 'Japanese pepper' is Sichuan pepper corn.

                1. re: AmyH

                  Thanks for the link to the recipe. The next time I am at Penzey's I will have to look for the cannabis seeds. ;-)

                  1. re: AmyH

                    I'm sure it's possible that other brands have some other special things added to make them unique.
                    yep, some also contain mustard and or poppy seeds.

                    1. re: AmyH

                      S&H brand has the same ingredients as AmyH describes for House brand, including "Japanese pepper".

              2. Yakitori, kinpira gobo, konnyaku gobo, and anywhere you want a bit of spice.

                1. omelets, soba, as a rub for meats, on baked or poached salmon or other fish, flavoring salad dressings.

                  Try it as an ingredient in a creamy salad dressing that includes some crushed peanuts.

                  1. Thanks for the informative comments. I just ordered a jar online and will report back after a few uses.

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                    1. re: Sailing77

                      Just this morning I was UNable to find some of this at Whole Foods, will be ordering some too. Do you recommend your source, or are you a first timer too?

                      1. re: blue room

                        blue room,

                        I ordered from this place...


                        Disclaimer - I have NOT ordered from them before.

                        1. re: blue room

                          Do you have an Asian food market in your town? That's where I got mine.

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              I'm in Salt Lake City -- my driving is very limited, I have to rely on close stores. I don't mind ordering online though.

                              1. re: blue room

                                gotcha. well, if you happen to have an Asian grocery nearby they'll definitely have it. but there's a gourmet & restaurant supply store here in LA that sells a really good one, and they have an online store...fair warning that you can get into a lot of trouble once you start browsing ;)


                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                    ohhh, thanks for the link ghg. having an obsession with discovering new flavors while living in Alaska can pose a challenge so I love ordering foods online.