How to prepare wasabi at home?

Wasabi, a popular seasoning in Japan, is derived from the root of the plant bearing the same name. It is commonly served alongside sushi and is also used to add a spicy kick to meat, fish, cheese, marinades, and as a decorative element in dishes. While the Japanese traditionally prepare wasabi from raw roots, in our reality, it is typically found in powdered form made from dried raw material. So, if you’re wondering how to make wasabi, you’ll need to purchase it first. Allow us to share some tried-and-true secrets that will help you transform this powder into an exquisite paste!

How to make hot wasabi from powder?

There are several methods to prepare wasabi from powder, and today we will share a few of them with you.
1 way. Classic. This is the simplest way to prepare wasabi from dry powder, which is how it is commonly served. To make wasabi at home, you will need:

  • 1 tbsp. — Katana wasabi powder;
  • 2 tbsp. — cold boiled water.
  1. Place the powder in a dry cream jar, cup, or glass, and gradually add water while stirring thoroughly until the mixture reaches the consistency of soft clay. It’s important to use boiled water to preserve the flavor.
  2. Transfer the prepared wasabi into a glass and invert it onto a saucer. Remove the glass and allow the wasabi to air dry for about 10 minutes. This will enhance its bright and pleasant aroma.
  3. In Japan, wasabi is often served in the shape of a flower, leaf, or tree, so feel free to experiment with different forms.

2 method. With rice vinegar. If you’re seeking a unique way to prepare wasabi, give this method a try. The addition of sugar makes the wasabi spicier, while rice vinegar adds a sweet and sour taste with a pleasant aroma. To make wasabi using this method, you will need:

  • 1 tbst. — Katana wasabi powder;
  • 1.5 tbsp. — cold water;
  • 1/3 tsp. — sugar;
  • 1/3 tsp. — Katana rice vinegar.
  1. Place the dry ingredients in a cup or creamer, add water and stir quickly to avoid lumps.
  2. Add rice vinegar to the seasoning and mix well again.
  3. Serve the wasabi with a glass as we did before or any other way you like.

3 method. With horseradish and lemon juice. This is not a very common recipe for how to make wasabi at home. This sauce is perfect for various meat and fish dishes. For cooking you will need:

  • 1 tsp. — Katana wasabi powder;
  • 1 tsp. — cold boiled water;
  • 1/3 tsp. — Katana “Classic” soy sauce;
  • 1/3 tsp. — grated horseradish;
  • 3 drops — lemon juice.
  1. Thoroughly mix wasabi powder with water and soy sauce.
  2. Add horseradish, lemon juice and mix well again.
  3. Form the sauce beautifully with a glass or any other method.

How to choose the right wasabi powder?

Before preparing wasabi sauce at home, it is very important to choose a high-quality powder so that the seasoning pleases with its taste. For this, it is necessary to pay attention to the following nuances.

  1. Ensure that wasabi is listed as the primary ingredient, rather than regular horseradish. We are responsible for the quality of our product, that’s why our wasabi seasoning is just like that!
  2. The powder should be small, crumbly and finely ground so that it can be easily mixed without lumps.
  3. Be sure to check the expiration date and tightness of the package.

Now you know what wasabi is made of and how to prepare it properly. You can also learn more about other ingredients for cooking Asian dishes on our website.