Simmered Shiitake With Sansho Pepper

Once you start eating this, you won't be able to stop! You will want to eat a lot of this dish with white rice! This time, I used sansho pepper simmered in water, but you can also use sansho pepper simmered in a sweet soy sauce based broth. However, please use less sansho peppers or wash them with water if you do so, as the flavor will become stronger. Recipe provided by Hattori Nutrition College.

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 8 Dried Shiitake
  • 250ml Shiitake soaking water-A
  • 1 Tbsp Soy sauce -A
  • 1 Tbsp Sake-A
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar -A
  • 1 Tbsp Sansho Pepper (Boiled in Water)


Rehydrate the Shiitake in water and cut them into thin strips.
Add 1 and the ingredients from A into a pot, turn the heat low once it starts to boil, and reduce it to 1/4 of the broth while removing the scum.
Add Sansho peppers to 2 and simmer it until the broth evaporates.


Sansho pepper (Japanese pepper) is a Japanese seasoning made from crushed sansho berries. The flavor of sansho is lemon-like and has a long, lasting aftertaste.
Thus, Sansho berries are sometimes stewed and used in cooking. Sansho leaves are also used as an aromatic garnish for dishes.


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