For anyone who’s purchased ponzu before, it's even better when you make it at home. David LeFevre of Fishing with Dynamite in L.A. shares this recipe for a ponzu laced with three types of citrus for a salty and acidic broth thickened with grated daikon radish. It’s the perfect sauce to spoon onto raw oysters and clams.
This recipe uses some of our favorite Asian pantry ingredients: Kombu is a dried sea kelp that adds a rich umami flavor, bonito flakes add a smoky richness and—our favorite ingredient here—citrus-infused rice vinegar adds acidity to this sauce. If you can’t find it, rice vinegar will suffice.
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Ponzu Sauce with Daikon
Recipe adapted from David LeFevre, Fishing with Dynamite, Los Angeles, CA
Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus 2 days marinating time
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 10 minutes, plus 2 days marinating time
1½ cups citrus rice vinegar
1 cup bonito flakes
¾ cup, plus 2 tablespoons, soy sauce
3 tablespoons sake
3 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons orange juice
1½ tablespoons lemon juice
¾ tablespoon lime juice
One 9-by-6-inch piece kombu
One 8-ounce piece daikon, peeled and finely grated
In a sealable container, combine all of the ingredients, except for the daikon. Cover and let marinade in the refrigerator for 2 days, then strain into a serving bowl. Stir in the grated daikon to form a slushy consistency, then serve.