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How to Make Wasabi

How to Make Restaurant-style Wasabi Sauces and Dips at Home

Making restaurant-style wasabi sauce or paste at home is very easy. In this article, you will find the procedure for making wasabi sauce along with some more interesting recipes.
Madhura Pandit
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017
Wasabi is a plant belonging to the Brassicaceae family. It is also known as the Japanese horseradish as it strongly resembles a horseradish and also belongs to the same family. The wasabi root, particularly, is used for culinary purposes because of its strong flavor and a distinct green color. If you are well-versed with the Japanese cuisine, you may be aware that wasabi sauce or paste is served with sashimi or sushi along with the soy sauce. This paste is available in several places; however, it can also be made at home easily.
Wasabi Paste Recipe
Roots of this plant are available in several parts of the world and can be used for making wasabi paste. However, it is fairly expensive. In that case, one can use finely grated wasabi powder for making paste/sauce.
Method ~ 1
  • Firstly, you should chop off the leafy end of the wasabi root.
  • Now, using a sharp grater, thinly grate the root.
  • Cover the grated wasabi and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes.
  • Your wasabi paste is ready. Serve at room temperature with sushi or sashimi.
Method ~ 2
  • You should mix equal parts of water and wasabi powder to form a homogeneous mixture.
  • Cover the paste and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve at room temperature.
Wasabi Peas Recipe
As the name suggests, these are simple green peas fried and then coated with wasabi and other ingredients. If you are looking for some spicy crunchy snack, then try making these flavored peas.
  • 3 pounds of frozen green peas
  • 8 teaspoons of wasabi powder
  • 4 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • Cooking spray
Method of Preparation

Firstly, you should thaw and drain the frozen green peas. Then, heat the oven to 225 degrees F and bake the peas for 3 hours. You should remember to coat the baking dish with cooking spray. While the peas are roasted; mix wasabi powder, vinegar and mustard in a bowl. After the prescribed period, take the peas out and add them to the mixture. Toss well so that the peas are coated properly. Bake the peas for another 15-20 minutes until the coating dries.
Wasabi Dip Recipe
➡ Wasabi Mayonnaise Dip

  • 1/2 tablespoon of wasabi powder
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon water
Method of Preparation

Firstly you need to make wasabi paste by following the aforementioned method; i.e., by mixing equal parts of water and wasabi to make a paste. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. Now, add mayonnaise to the paste and mix together to form a fine mixture.
➡ Wasabi Cream Dip

  • 1 tablespoon of wasabi powder
  • 1 cup of heavy whipped cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
Method of Preparation

Firstly, you need to make paste by mixing equal parts of water and wasabi powder. Now, in a bowl, mix wasabi paste, whipped cream, lemon juice and salt and stir to form a homogeneous mixture. The dip should be refrigerated for some time and served cold.
So, for your next house party, why not serve homemade sushi with some homemade wasabi paste and surprise your guests? Ciao!
Wasabi mayonnaise isolated
Japanese wasabi