What is Shichimi Togarashi Seasoning and how do I use it?

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What is Shichimi Togarashi?

Also sometimes called shichimi, togarashi is a Japanese 7-spice mixture that is a common table seasoning that is used much in the same way salt and pepper are used in the United States. It contains several popular Japanese spices, such as:

  • Red chili pepper
  • Sansho pepper
  • Hemp seeds and/or poppy seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Ginger
  • Citrus peel
  • Nori

The ingredients in the blend can vary somewhat depending on the regional location or availability of ingredients, but red pepper is always the main addition. Togarashi can be bought entirely premixed, making it easy to add to dishes while cooking or snacking.

Read this article to learn more about the history behind togarashi, how it can be used, and much more!

What is the History of Togarashi?

Togarashi dates all the way back to the 17th century when it was sold by herb dealers! It originated from the small fishing village of Edo, which is now the bustling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Its blend of ingredients was made possible by the global trading that was beginning to take place around that time. Chili peppers were introduced to Japan and togarashi seasoning was invented! In fact, it really hasnā€™t changed since it was invented back then. Itā€™s been a staple in Japanese cuisine ever since, adding a special taste to a variety of dishes.

What Does Togarashi Taste Like?

Togarashi has a unique taste, combining both the salty-savouriness of unami and a sweet, smoky flavor. It is also a bit spicy, thanks to the Japanese pepper it gets its namesake from. It has been described as earthy and tangy, as well as a little bit citrusy. The flavor of this seasoning is complex, yet agreeable, allowing it to be used in a variety of different ways in the kitchen.

What are some ways to use Togarashi?

Togarashi is an extremelyĀ versatile spice blendĀ and lends itself very well to a variety of uses! Here are some common ways to use it:

1. A dash on some roasted rice crackers

One of the classic ways to utilize togarashi seasoning is to sprinkle it on some roasted rice crackers. The result is a quick and wholesome snack that is both salty and sweet. If youā€™re feeling fancy and have some extra time on your hands, you can even try making homemade senbeiĀ or kakimochi crackers for an authentic Japanese treat.

2. Add it to your mayo

Another delicious way to incorporate togarashi seasoning into your next snacktime is to mix a little into your mayonnaise. Simply mix your desired ratio of mayo to togarashi seasoning in a bowl, taste it, and then dip with it or spread it on your favorite sandwich.

3. Mix it into some instant ramen

Craving some good old-fashioned ramen but want to mix things up a little bit? Why not add a dash of togarashi seasoning? The savory, smoky flavor is sure to complement the ramen broth and noodles. It's a fun twist on a classic comfort snack.

4. Add it to deviled eggs

The next time youā€™re making deviled eggs, add a little togarashi seasoning to them instead of paprika. The smokiness of the spice will add a unique flavor that is sure to make your eggs stand out at the next potluck orĀ outdoor get-together.

5. Sprinkle it on top of popcorn

Wow your friends or family your next movie night by sprinkling some togarashi seasoning into your popcorn! This is a great option if you have people in your life who are vegan or dairy-free since it skips the butter, but not the flavor.

What Dishes Can I Put Togarashi In?

Besides just snacking, togarashi is also excellent for incorporating into whole meals! Here are six tasty ways to cook with it during your next mealtime:

Seasoning for Rice and Noodles

For a savory dinner experience, sprinkle togarashi over cooked rice or udon soba noodles for an extra layer of flavor and heat. Cook your noodles and a protein and vegetables of your choice, and add seasoning to taste.

Grilled Meats and Seafood

The next time you're planning a BBQ or grill, try using togarashi as a dry rubĀ or brine! Some of the meats that it compliments best include:

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Shrimp
  • Fish

The complex flavor and saltiness of the seasoning pair excellently with any grilled or BBQ meats, so donā€™t hesitate to try this one at your next summer gathering.

Tempura Batter

Tempura is delicious and easy to make at home on the stove or even with an air fryer. Mix togarashi into your tempura batter for a unique twist on this classic Japanese dish. The spices in the blend can enhance the flavors of the fried vegetables or seafood.

Roasted Vegetable Seasoning

Roasted vegetables is a classic, healthy meal that is also surprisingly hearty. Heat up your oven, dice up whatever vegetables you like, and toss them in an oil such as olive or avocado. Add togarashi seasoning next and put them in the oven. Try serving the veggies over pasta or brown rice!

Sushi and Sashimi Topping

Togarashi is also wonderful sprinkled on top of sushi rolls or sashimi. The citrusy and spicy notes of it will bring out the flavors of the fish, as well as add a kick of heat. You can also add togarashi tempura seasoning and use it to make tempura sushi.

Avocado Toast

For a yummy and eye-pleasing breakfast, add togarashi to your avocado toast! Mix it into the mashed avocado and spread away, or add a fried or soft-boiled egg and sprinkle it on top and serve.

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