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A white dish filled with umami sauce.

The Ultimate All Rounder Umami Sauce

Try our handcrafted recipe for umami sauce, made with a blend of umami-packed ingredients like soy, miso and katsuobushi. This sweet and salty sauce is ready to bring huge savoury flavour to your cooking.
Course Basics, Condiment
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Jar
Calories 197kcal
Cost $5




  • Place the soy sauce, mirin, Worcestershire sauce and cornstarch in a small dish and whisk together until there are no lumps.
    4 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp mirin, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • Place garlic and vegetable oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow to lightly fry for 30 seconds - 1 minute until fragrant and garlic pieces turn light brown.
    2 garlic, 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • Pour in the sauce mix and katsuobushi. Whisk together for a few minutes, until the sauce thickens, then switch off the heat.
    1 tbsp bonito flakes / katsuobushi
  • Add in your sesame oil and white miso paste and stir until combined. Use straight away or store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to a week.
    ½ tsp sesame oil, 1/2 tsp white miso paste


  • Consistency - This sauce is intentionally thick, similar in consistency to oyster sauce. If you prefer it a little runnier, you can stir in a little extra water, soy sauce or dashi stock to get it how you like it. 
  • Avoid Burning - As it has a high sugar ratio, the sauce will burn if you have the heat set too high, so we recommend using it AFTER cooking.
  • Make it Spicy - Add a tablespoon of Korean gochujang (chilli paste) or gochugaru (chilli flakes) to taste.
  • Add Citrus - Try it with a splash of lemon juice, lime juice or yuzu, similar to ponzu sauce.
  • Make it Sweeter - Add more sugar or mirin if you like a more mellow taste while still keeping the full flavour profile.
  • More Intensity! - If you want even more umami goodness, you can experiment with more flavours that contain glutamate, such as Parmesan cheese, tomato sauce or our favourite - Vegemite (or Marmite)!


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 4749mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg