Japanese Ponzu Sauce - Vegetarian Variation

10 mins (prep 10)
9 ingredients
24 servings
This is my second version of ponzu sauce that is vegetarian and closer to the bottled ponzu sauce. Whereas the first version of my ponzu sauce is based on katsuobushi - dried bonito flakes, this one is based on kombu - seaweed/kelp. You can find kombu bagged in dry form in Japanese or Korean markets (or some Asian markets). The first Ponzu Sauce is mellow with a nice aroma and taste of bonito and very little vinegar. This version is sharper in taste and more defined without any bonito taste or aroma. Although ponzu sauce is one of the sauces for shabu shabu, it is used as a dipping sauce for many Japanese hot pots known as nabemono. I use Meyer lemons for this version since I have no access for yuzu citrus yet. You can use any combination lemons, limes or some orange. Use 10 x 15 cm kombu cut in 3 pieces. The leftover kombu after soaking in the sauce can be used to line miso paste. It provides wonderful taste to miso. Note to those who never tried ponzu: This sauce is very versatile and you can use it top any steamed veggies, fish, meat, or tofu. You can also add a bit of oil to make into a traditional Japanese style salad dressing but go easy on oil!

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Serving Size (23.74 g)
Servings 24
Amount per Serving
Calories 21.39 Calories from Fat 0.09
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.01g 0.38%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.14%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 582.38mg 582.38%
Total Carbohydrate 1.83g 14.64%
Dietary Fiber 0.08 g 8.0%
Sugars 1.0 g %
Protein 1.14g 54.63%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.02mg%
Calcium 2.76mg% Iron 0.28mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4