Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free tamari sauce in this dish.


"I don't like gourmet cooking or 'this' cooking or 'that' cooking. I like 'good cooking.'" -James Beard

The refrigerator light goes on...

This classic citrus-based Japanese sauce is quick and simple to put together and full of great umami, sweet, tart, and salty flavors.

The classic calls for mirin, a rice wine similar to sake but with a higher sugar content and lower percentage of alcohol. For die-hard fans who make Japanese recipes often, this might be something you have on hand already, but sake (with just a pinch of sugar or honey added) will work. Sherry will work in a pinch, but it might be sweeter than the sake so don't add any sugar.

Ponzu keeps well and having it on hand is a great idea to serve with almost anything. I was inspired to publish this recipe by a fantastic quinoa bowl with seared tuna and ponzu. You can get creative with tofu, shrimp, chicken, etc. Pair with quinoa or brown rice, or even sprinkle on your tacos.


Ponzu Sauce

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Cooking time: 15 minutes (does not include chilling time)

This recipe can easily be multiplied and keeps well for about 24 to 48 hours in the refrigerator.

1/2 lemon (juiced)
1/2 lime (juiced)
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
4 tsp. reduced sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari sauce
1 Tbsp. mirin, sake, or sweet white wine
1 4 inch piece dried seaweed (konbu or nori)
1/16 tsp. cayenne pepper

Ponzu Sauce, a healthy sauce recipe from Dr. Gourmet

Place the lemon juice, lime juice, vinegar, soy sauce, sake, seaweed, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

Let marinate at least an hour but it is better overnight.

Strain the sauce and serve with tuna or chicken or over rice.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 2 Tablespoon

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 13 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0g 0%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 180mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
    Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
Vitamin K 0mcg Potassium 27 mg