Homemade Mentsuyu Sauce Recipe: Perfect For Noodles
Mentsuyu. It’s perfect for adding flavor to all your favorite Japanese dishes.
With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own mentsuyu sauce right at home. And it’s so much better than anything you can buy in a store. In this recipe, I’ve found the perfect combination so be sure to follow these measurements.
Let’s make this delicious sauce so you can start using it in your dishes!
In this post we'll cover:
How to make mentsuyu at home
Homemade Mentsuyu sauce recipe
- 1 cup dried bonito flakes (katsuobushi)
- 1 piece dried kelp (kombu)
- ½ cup cooking sake
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup mirin
- Grab a saucepan and pour in the sake, mirin, and soy sauce. Then add in the dried bonito flakes and the piece of kelp.
- Bring everything to a boil. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let your sauce cool down.
- Remove the piece of kelp and strain the mixture using a sieve.
Check out this video by YouTuber JapaneseCooking101 on making men tsuyu:
- In order to make a perfect mentsuyu sauce, it is important to use dashi soup stock. You can make your own dashi or buy it at a Japanese grocery store.
- The key ingredient in mentsuyu sauce is soy sauce. Use a good quality soy sauce for the best flavor.
Here’s how to use it when making any type of hot noodle soup
- First, you have to dilute the tsuyu with some water.
- Then, you must heat up the tsuyu.
- Next, you pour the hot broth/sauce over the noodles.
Mentsuyu substitute for mirin
If you don’t have mirin, use a little more of the sake (same amount) and add a teaspoon of sugar to make it a little sweeter like the mirin would.
Kombu substitute for mentsuyu
If you don’t have kombu, you can of course use a dashi powder if you have that, or substitute it with a few dried shiitake mushrooms to still get umami in the dish.
The same goes for the katsuobushi by the way, just use a pre-made dashi packet or use shiitake mushrooms (best together with kombu to make a vegan dashi that’s great as well).
How to store the sauce
Keep the mentsuyu sauce in a clean, airtight container in the fridge. It will last for up to 2 weeks.
Now that you know how to make your own mentsuyu sauce, put it to good use!
Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.