How to Use Yuzu
There are many ways to integrate yuzu into your everyday cooking. The first and most straightforward of which is to use the juice, which is fragrant and lightly acidic. A little goes a long way with yuzu juice and it can be splashed into everything from salad dressings and marinades to cocktails and still or sparkling water.
One well-known application of yuzu juice is a classic Japanese ponzu sauce, which combines yuzu juice with soy sauce, kombu, rice vinegar, and mirin. This tangy, umami-rich sauce goes well with sushi, sashimi, dumplings, and grilled meats. Try equal parts yuzu and soy sauce if you’re short on the traditional ponzu ingredients. Yuzu’s bright citrus notes can also upgrade desserts like custards, ice creams, and cakes.
Beyond juice, the zest and peel of yuzu can be used to infuse oils, syrups, and spirits. Simply grate the zest or peel and incorporate it into your desired recipes for a vibrant yuzu essence.
For some more inspiration, check out our recipes, which are divided into two categories: Drinks and Eats. For a simple weeknight dinner with ingredients that are easy to find, try our Yuzu Miso Pasta. To pair with a bright drink, try the Yuzu Ponzu Sour—inspired by classic ponzu sauce—blending yuzu with gin, simple syrup, soy sauce, and an egg white.