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.
Servings 4 people
- 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.