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


Shiso soosu / green perilla sauce

A wonderful pesto-like sauce that works as a condiment or dressing.

1 tbsp (12 g): 
39 calories; 0.3 g protein; 3.6 g fat; 1.2 g carbohydrate; 0.9 g net carbs; 113 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol; 0.3 g fiber


(Makes approx. 150 cc/120 g)

40 g aojiso green perilla leaves (40-45 small leaves, 30-35 medium leaves or 20-25 large leaves)
3 tbsp oil of your choice (1 1/2 tbsp canola oil and 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil in photo)
1/2 tbsp rice vinegar and lemon juice (equal parts)
1 tsp mirin 
1/2 tbsp usukuchi shoyukoji soy sauce rice malt
1/2 tbsp usukuchi soy sauce
1 tsp shokoji salted rice malt


Microwave mirin for 5 seconds or so to get rid of alcohol.
Let cool.


Wash, pat dry shiso, and cut off stems.
If using large shiso leaves, remove thick center veins near stem, as they are too tough and fibrous.

Roughly chop.


Put all ingredients in food processor, and puree.

  • If usukushi shoyukoji is not available, use regular soy sauce or usukuchi soy sauce. This would add about 200 mg to the sodium content figure for the whole recipe above.
  • If shiokoji is not available, use 1/2 tsp salt. When kosher salt is used, it would add about 380mg to the sodium figure for the whole recipe.
  • When neither usukuchi shoyukoji nor shiokoji is used, increase mirin somewhat (up to 1 tbsp) to give a bit more sweetness. (Both shoyukoji and shiokoji have a sweet note at the same time as being salty.)
  • The simple salad of hayatouri chayote at right is made with fresh chayote, the shiso sauce and some mayonnaise, and topped with akajiso purple perilla flowers. Yum. 
  • Whole recipe above: 391 calories; 2.7 g protein; 36.0 g fat; 11.5 g carbohydrate; 8.6 g net carbs; 1,131 mg sodium; 0mg cholesterol; 2.9 g fiber
  • 1 tsp (4 g): 13 calories; 0.1 g protein; 1.2 g fat; 0.4 g carbohydrate; 0.3 g net carbs; 38 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol; 0.1 g fiber

    Recipes with shiso sauce

    (Last updated: October 17, 2014)

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