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 It was originally made by Japanese merchants in the 17th century.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.
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.
- Glazed Pork Ribs with Shichimi Togarashi
- Shrimp and Rice Noodles with Shichimi Togarashi
- Veggie Rice with Shichimi Togarashi
- Togarashi Popcorn
- Spicy Chicken Stir Fry
- Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Asparagus and Cucumber
- Uramaki Sushi with Chili Crab
- Japanese Smashed Cucumber Salad
- Roasted Edamame with Togarashi and Sea Salt
Recipe for Shichimi Togarashi
With just a few ingredients, you can make your own Japanese Seven Spice blend.
- 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
- 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.
- 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