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Homemade Nitsume Eel Sauce Recipe

Reading a recipe can be helpful in understanding exactly what eel sauce is. Here is a recipe that makes for a foolproof way for you to prepare this exotic sauce right in the comfort of your own home.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Eel, Sauce, Sushi
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 120kcal
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $2


  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)


  • Heat ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until liquid is reduced to ¾ cup. Let it cool slightly so it becomes slightly sticky.
  • To get the consistency right, you can also add water or a cornstarch slurry. Keep in mind that the sauce will thicken as it cools so it may be best to wait a bit before adding thickening or thinning agents.
  • Note, you can use any measurements you choose, as long as the ingredients are added in equal parts.
  • There are variations on eel sauce including Nitsume, Unagi and Kabayaki. Adding ingredients like rice vinegar, dashi, sake or eel eggs can help you produce a taste that is similar to these variations. You can also add more sugar to produce a sweeter taste.


Calories: 120kcal