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Easy ponzu sauce substitute

Here's an easy homemade ponzu sauce recipe that's good enough to use as a substitute.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Ponzu, Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 37kcal
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $1


  • ½ cup soy sauce the salty kind, not the sweet
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grapefruit juice optional, though it does help get close to ponzu sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce optional, though it does help get close to ponzu sauce


  • Normally, you would add kombu and bonito flakes and let those all sit together in a refrigerator for 24 hours or up to a week. But we're here to make an easy version so just mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Use immediately or store. To be safe, ponzu can be stored for one month. But if you keep it away from water, you may be able to store it for 6 – 12 months.


Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1635mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg