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The yuzu [YOO-zoo] is a Japanese citrus fruit (Citrus junos (Rutaceae)) which about the size of a tangerine and is quite sour.

Article by: Barbara Bowman


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Japanese Yuzu

Most commonly the rind is used to flavor various dishes such as vegetables, fish or noodles. The Yuzu is difficult to find in the U.S. You can obtain bottled juice or dry, powdered yuzu. Occasionally you may find fresh fruit but it is quite rare in the U.S.

 Yuzu juice

yuzu juice 3.5oz

Juice extracted from the yuzu fruit.  Fresh Yuzu are quite uncommon in the U.S. so bottle juice is an acceptable substitute in most recipes that call for Yuzu.

 Yuzu vinegar

yuzu vinegar 3.5oz

A simple seasoned yuzu juice.  Use for marinades and salad dressings.

Yuzu paste

yuzu vinegar 3.5oz

Yuzu paste is highly salted and also contains chile so it has a delightfully pungent flavor and a nice little kick.  It is a traditional accompaniment to sushi. Also can be added to noodle dishes or soups.            

 Yuzu powder

yuzu vinegar 3.5oz

Dehydrated yuzu rind. While it can be reconstituted and used as a replacement for fresh or bottle yuzu juice the latest trend is to use the powder to dust over various foods from tartare to desserts.  A light dusting right before the final presentation adds just a hint of flavor.

Whole Yuzu

yuzu vinegar 3.5oz

Fresh whole yuzu are now grown in the U.S. but continue to be challenging to find.  Look for the fruit in Japanese specialty stores.

Where To Buy Yuzu

Yuzu products are typically found in the U.S. in local Japanese grocery stores or gourmet shops. If you can't find the products locally then they are available online at Gourmetsleuth.com.

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Yuzu Products at GourmetSleuth.com

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    Yuzu juice imported directly from Japan. Use in sauces, soups, with vegetable or m...
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    Yuzu juice imported directly from Japan. Use in sauces, soups, with vegetable or m...
  • Yuzu Fruit Puree
    $24.95
    The yuzu's flavor is tart, closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtone...
  • Yuzu Kosho Green
    $10.95
    The yuzu's flavor is tart, closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtone...
    
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Yuzu Recipes
Yuzu Dipping Sauce

I N G R E D I E N T S
2 teaspoon grapeseed oil
3 tsp fresh yuzu juice
2 tsp soy
2 tsp hoisin
2 tsp oyster sauce
2 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp sambal
pinch black sesame seeds
2 leaves thai basil, minced

I N S T R U C T I O N S
Mix all ingredients, let stand 1 hour.  Use dipping sauce for spring rolls