Shichimi Togarashi Recipe (Japanese Seven Spice)

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Shichimi Togarashi or Japanese 7 Spice blend is a peppery Japanese spice blend, typically made from a mix of chili peppers, orange peel, sesame seeds, ginger, and nori. It was originally made by Japanese merchants in the 17th century. Schichi means “seven” in Japanese and togarashi means “peppers”.

How Do You Use Shichimi Togarashi?

Shichimi Togarashi is a popular condiment in Japan because it’s very versatile. It’s typically used in soup and soba noodle dishes and sometimes sprinkled on jasmine rice. It’s also great on grilled meat.

shichimi togarashi ingredients on cutting board

Recipes with Shichimi Togarashi

Japanese Seven Spice can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some of our favorite dishes that use Shichimi Togarashi.


Recipe for Shichimi Togarashi

With just a few ingredients, you can make your own Japanese Seven Spice blend.

Yield: 1/2 cup

Shichimi Togarashi

Shichimi Togarashi

Shichimi Togarashi or Japanese 7 Spice blend is a peppery Japanese spice blend.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 nori sheet, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons dried orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons dried chili flakes
  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Combine the nori crumbles, orange peel, chili flakes, sesame seeds, ginger, peppercorns, and poppy seeds in a spice grinder or blender and blend for 30 seconds or until the mixture has a sandy, coarse texture.
  2. Store in an airtight jar in a cool, dry place for up to 5 months. 

Where to Buy Shichimi Togarashi

If you don’t want to make your own spice blend, you can purchase it online – we recommend More Spices & Spice Guides

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