All recipes are for 2 servings unless noted. Oil is canola oil and salt is kosher salt.


Kanizu / crab dipping sauce

Pleasant and refreshing. A common dipping sauce for boiled crab in Japan. It is basically a mild rice vinegar-based dressing that perfectly brings out the sweet flavor of our local Dungeness crab. Yuzu and lemon juice add a soft, zesty punch without overpowering the delicious crab itself.

(1/2 of recipe:
15 calories; 0.1 g protein; 0 g fat; 2.8 g carbohydrate; 2.8 g net carbs; 35 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 g fiber


(Enough for 1 Dungeness crab)

2 & 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp citrus juice (1/4 tsp yuzu juice & 1/4 tsp lemon juice in photo)
2 tbsp dashi (katsuo-kobu [bonito-kelp] dashi or katsuo [bonito] dashi recommended)
1/2 tbsp mirin
1/4 tsp usukuchi shoyukoji soy sauce rice malt


Microwave mirin for 5-10 seconds to get rid of alcohol.


Mix all ingredients.

Ready to serve.

  • As with ponzujoju citrus soy sauce, mixing a few types of citrus helps to create a complex yet mellow taste.
  • If no citrus is at hand, use more rice vinegar or squeeze in the juice of a small amount of grated ginger. 
  • If usukuchi shoyukoji is not available, use usukuchi soy sauce. It would increase the sodium figure above by about 20mg.
  • Kanizu literally means crab vinegar.
  • The actual nutrition figures would be lower, as around 1/4-1/3 of the sauce would be left in the dipping sauce dish.

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