Japanese Seasoning - Shichimi Togarashi - A
Flavourful Blend For the True Taste of Japan

Their are various Japanese seasoning recipes, gomashio, furikake etc, available to make. But probably the most famous is shichimi togarashi which is the one below. We know this best in the West as Japanese seven spice, and as the name suggests, it's a blend of seven ingredients combined which will add authentic flavours to your cooking. Use it for sprinkling over noodles, sushi, rice and many other Far Eastern favourites. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 6-7 tablespoons)

2 tbsp chili flakes
2 tbsp white sesame seeds
2 tbsp black sesame seeds
2 tbsp poppy seeds
2 tbsp nori flakes (or wakame/arame flakes)
3-4 tsp sansho peppercorns (or sichuan peppercorns)
3-4 tsp dried tangerine peel (or dried orange peel)

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the chili flakes, sansho, sesame and poppy seeds and tangerine peel
  • Once ground, add to a bowl
  • Finally, crumble in the seaweed and combine thoroughly

Store your Japanese shichimi in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months. 

Click here for a detailed step-by-step guide to grinding ingredients. (Link opens in new window)

Note: I've used a few authentic ingredients in the recipe. Some of these may be difficult to get hold of so I've suggested other ingredients next to them which can be used as a substitute.

Note 2: If you are are able to get hold of some sansho, reduce the chili flakes to 1 tablespoon.

Japanese seasoning (shichimi togarashi)Japanese Shichimi Togarashi

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