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Kanpachi Sashimi with Spicy Ponzu

Kanpachi Sashimi Spicy Ponzu recipe

The creamy quality of kanpachi combines with the spicy and tart tastes of the toppings to make a flavorful, textured dish.
(Recipe Courtesy: Marc Matsumoto from the Fresh Tastes Blog)


Yield: 2 appetizer-sized servings



  • 2.7 ounces (75 grams) daikon
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yuzu juice
  • 3.5 ounces (100 grams) kanpachi
  • chives, finely chopped for garnish


  1. Grate the daikon using the rasp side of a box grate, and drain it in a fine mesh sieve. Squeeze some, but not all, of the water out of the grated daikon (you should end up with about 1 tablespoon).
  2. Add the sriracha to the daikon, and stir to combine.
  3. To make the ponzu, combine the soy sauce and yuzu juice in a bowl.
  4. Use a long, sharp knife such as a sashimi knife or a carving knife to cut the yellowtail into thin slices. You want to cut each slice with a single swipe without applying much pressure. Using a sawing motion or applying too much pressure will make the fish flake apart. Arrange on a plate.
  5. Top each slice with a small mound of the spicy daikon. You can cover and refrigerate this for a few hours if you need to prepare it ahead of time.
  6. To serve, drizzle the yellowtail with the ponzu and sprinkle with the chives. Serve immediately.
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