Do me a favor and keep this yuzu mayo recipe in your back pocket, got it?! Made with just five ingredients, this umami-rich, bright-with-a-hint-of-citrus condiment will be the best friend to some of your favorite eats.
Looking for more recipes with yuzu? Then check out my Yuzu Salmon recipe, next!
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If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I LOVE spreads, sauces, and dips, and this yuzu mayo sits high in the rankings.
This simple sauce is slightly bright, citrusy, has a mellow kick, and goes so well with so many things.
I’m happy to share how easy this is to make, and as a fair warning, you might want to double the recipe–it’s that good.
What is Yuzu Kosho Mayo?
To break it down, it’s a mixture of kewpie mayo, otherwise known as Japanese mayonnaise, mixed with yuzu extract and yuzu kosho.
If you have never tried yuzu, it’s a citrus fruit typically cultivated in Japan, China, and Korea that’s the size of a tangerine, with yellow peel and flesh.
Its flavor is a mix of tart and sour, and it’s highly fragrant. While fresh yuzu may be difficult to find, yuzu juice (or extract) makes for a great substitute. Yuzu kosho is a fermented paste made from yuzu peel, chili peppers, and salt.
Where Can I Find Yuzu Juice and Yuzu Kosho?
You can find yuzu juice and yuzu kosho at some asian markets. To keep you from going on a goose hunt, below are the exact brands I use, which can be purchased on Amazon:
Ingredients to Make Yuzu Mayo
- Kewpie Mayo – Japanese mayo with a nice fatty mouthfeel. I share more about this a little later.
- Yuzu Extract – Citrusy and sour in flavor.
- Yuzu Koshu – Fermented paste that is salty and slightly spicy. Don’t worry, this mayo is not spicy.
- Sesame Oil – Adds just a hint of nuttiness.
- Soy Sauce – Adding the perfect amount of saltiness to balance everything out.
Is Yuzu Mayo the Same as Kewpie Mayo?
Not exactly. Yuzu mayo is a sauce or spread that is made by using kewpie mayonnaise.
Another thing to note is to make sure you use kewpie mayonnaise and not American mayonnaise for this recipe.
There are a few differences between kewpie mayo and regular mayo, but the main difference is that kewpie mayo contains yolks, creating a rich flavor and mouthfeel, while regular mayo incorporates the whole egg.
Where Can I Find Yuzu Mayo?
Kewpie mayo can be found at most Asian grocery stores.
How to Make Yuzu Mayo
Assembly is quite easy; a simple addition of five ingredients, whisk, and you are on your may to adding this lovely condiment to all of your favorite eats.
To make, simply:
- Add kewpie mayo, yuzu kosho, yuzu extract, sesame oil, and soy sauce to a bowl and whisk.
- Add to your favorite eats. For leftovers, store in a refrigerator-safe container.
Easy, right? Now go ahead and triple the recipe, because I guarantee you are gonna want to have this yuzu kosho mayo on-hand.
Yuzu Mayo Uses
Now comes the fun part. I love to add a scoop, dollop or spread it on so many eats.
These are a few of my favorites:
- Sandwiches – specifically turkey-avocado.
- Yuzu Ponzu Salmon with Crispy Rice – Check out this recipe I made for Buzzfeed Tasty.
- Tomato toast – Refer to above photo–you can thank me later.
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- 6 tablespoons kewpie mayo
- 2 teaspoons yuzu kosho
- 2 teaspoons yuzu extract
- ¾ teaspoon soy sauce
- 1½ teaspoons sesame oil
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until combined.
- To store, place in a sterile container and refrigerate for up to one week.