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Ponzu

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Total time 10 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
Taste and Texture: Salty, tangy, lightly sweet, with a little heat. Thin-bodied; a traditional Japanese dipping sauce. Try with: Rice; Asian noodles like soba and udon; beef and chicken; shrimp; scallops; sushi; potstickers.To Your Health: Huge flavor, no fat. But sodium is a little high, so use sparingly if that's your dietary concern

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce

Nutrition Information

  • calories 30
  • fat 0.0 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.6 g
  • carbohydrate 5.2 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.1 mg
  • sodium 225 mg
  • calcium 5 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until sugar dissolves.

Cook's Notes

Tips: If mirin is unavailable, you can substitute 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon water or 2 tablespoons dry sherry--just bump up the sugar to 2 teaspoons.