What is Dashi Powder? How to Use and 11 Recipes

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Dashi powder is an instant soup stock. It is made from salt, sugar, dried bonito flakes, and umami seasoning. You can use it to make dashi soup and in a variety of recipes. Here is 11 useful and easy recipes with dashi powder.

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Dashi Powder = Instant Dashi Soup

There are many types of dashi powders. Ajinomoto Corporation’s product is “HONDASHI”. Many other names are “Dashi no moto“.

Let’s check the ingredients of Ajinomoto’s “Hondashi”.

Ingredients
Salt (manufactured in Japan), sugar (sugar, lactose), flavor ingredients (dried bonito powder, bonito extract), yeast extract, yeast extract fermentation seasoning/seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

https://www.ajinomoto.co.jp/products/detail/?ProductName=hondashi

The order of the names of the ingredients is the order of the amount used. In other words, the main ingredient in dashi powder is salt. Umami ingredients such as amino acids are not so much.

In the Ajinomoto post, I said that too much ajinomoto makes a dish bad. From the ingredients of dashi powder, we know that we only need to add a little ajinomoto.

Not PURE Dashi Soup

The main ingredients of dashi powder are salt and sugar. On the other hand, when dashi is made from kombu and dried bonito flakes, salt and sugar are not used. In other words, dissolving dashi powder in hot water is not pure dashi broth.

I experimented with making miso soup with dashi broth, dashi powder, and ajinomoto. Before adding miso, the dashi powder tastes better than the dashi soup. However, when miso is added, the dashi soup tastes better. In addition, using dashi powder increases the amount of salt and sugar.

What you can make with dashi powder is a deliciously seasoned dashi soup. It is not pure dashi broth.

How to Make Soup with Dashi Powder

So, how to dilute dashi powder? Each product is listed below.

  • Ajinomoto Hondashi – 1g (1/3 teaspoon) in 150mL water
  • Shimaya Dashi Powder – 1g (1/4 tsp) in 150mL water

1g of dashi powder in 150mL of water is enough to make broth. 1/3-1/4 teaspoon. Weight per teaspoon varies by product.

Vegan Dashi Powder

Is there a vegan dashi powder?

Ajinomoto’s “Kombu dashi” is a product that does not contain marine products, meat products, eggs, or dairy ingredients. All ingredients are plant-based.

Hondashi Kombu Dashi
created by Rinker

It is clearly a vegan product. However, Ajinomoto does not market its products as vegetarian or vegan. Why? Perhaps there are no clear standards for vegan products in Japan, there are many dishes that use only vegetables. Maybe there is no need to call them vegetarian or vegan.

Shimaya Kombu dashi is also vegan product, though they don’t announce it as VEGAN.

Shimaya Kombu Dashi
created by Rinker

Dashi Powder Alternative

Dashi Powder is an instant dashi broth. It can be used not only for soups but also for various other dishes. If you don’t have dashi powder, what should you use instead?

Dashi Powder Ratio

What is a substitute for dashi powder? First, check the ingredients and nutritional information.

Ingredients
Salt (manufactured in Japan), sugar (sugar, lactose), flavor ingredients (dried bonito powder, bonito extract), yeast extract, yeast extract fermentation seasoning/seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts (per 1 cup (1g) of miso soup)
Energy: 2.4 kcal, Protein: 0.27 g, Fat: 0-0.01 g, Carbohydrate: 0.30 g, Salt equivalent: 0.40 g, Potassium: 2.0 mg, Phosphorus: 2.6 mg, Iodine: 0 mg

https://www.ajinomoto.co.jp/products/detail/?ProductName=hondashi

Ratio Calculation

Consider the ingredients of dashi powder as salt, sugar, and dried bonito flakes.

First, let us look at the salt equivalent. 1 g of dashi powder contains 0.4 g of salt.

Next, we look at the carbohydrate content. All carbohydrates are sugar. In other words, 1 g of dashi powder contains 0.3 g of sugar.

The remaining 0.3 g is dried bonito flakes. If we calculate the nutritional content with this amount, it is almost the same as the dashi powder.

In other words, each gram of dashi powder contains 0.4 g of salt, 0.3 g of sugar, and 0.3 g of dried bonito flakes.

Bonito Flakes

If you do not have dashi powder, you can make it by mixing salt, sugar, and dried bonito flakes. Each gram of dashi powder contains 0.4 g of salt, 0.3 g of sugar, and 0.3 g of dried bonito flakes.

Roughly speaking, you need to add salt, sugar, and dried bonito flakes for each 1/3 of the amount of dashi powder.

Vegetable Soup Stock

Ingredients
Salt (manufactured in Japan), lactose, sugar, edible processed oils and fats, vegetable and meat extracts (Chinese cabbage extract, chicken extract, fermented yeast extract seasoning, beef extract, edible oils and fats), spices, vegetable extract, soy sauce, fructose, yeast extract/seasoning (amino acids, etc.), processed starch, acidifier, (some of which contain wheat, milk ingredients, beef, soybeans, chicken)

https://www.ajinomoto.co.jp/products/detail/?ProductName=consomme_1

Bouillon or vegetable soup stock is called consommé in Japan. Like dashi powder, it contains the most salt, followed by sugar. It does not contain dried bonito flakes. Vegetable and meat flavors are added.

For example, bouillon can be substituted for seasoning stir-fries. In that case, add the same amount of dashi powder.

Chinese Chicken Soup Stock

Ingredients
Salt (manufactured in Japan and Thailand), dextrin, chicken extract, chicken oil, vegetable extract, pepper, protein hydrolysate, yeast extract/seasoning (amino acids, etc.), pH adjuster, emulsifier

https://www.ajinomoto.co.jp/products/detail/?ProductName=marudorigara_1

The ingredients do not include sugar and dried bonito flakes. Instead, it contains chicken and vegetable flavors. The ingredients are quite different. Chinese chicken soup stock is not a good substitute for dashi powder.

Ajinomoto

Ajinomoto and dashi powder are completely different seasonings and are not suitable substitutes.

Dashi powder is instant dashi broth. It contains salt, sugar, and other ingredients.

On the other hand, ajinomoto is a substance called monosodium glutamate, MSG. Like salt and sugar, it is a pure substance with a single chemical formula. Some of the “amino acids” listed in the ingredients of dashi powder are monosodium glutamate, or ajinomoto.

Therefore, dashi powder and ajinomoto are completely different. Dashi powder contains only a small amount of ajinomoto. However, they are not suitable substitutes for each other. The ingredients and usage of Ajinomoto are summarized in this article.
Ajinomoto is UMAMI Seasoning: Tips & 4 Useful Recipes
Ajinomoto, MSG is Safe. Ajinomoto is amino acid, monosodium glutamate and is umami seasoning, made from sugar cane, is gluten-free and vegan.

Dashi Powder Recipes

Dashi powder is a convenient seasoning. It can be used to make a variety of famous Japanese dishes.

Dashi Powder and Egg Recipe

Dashi powder goes well with eggs.

Here is a simple recipe for tamagoyaki using dashi powder. It can be made in a microwave oven.

Dashimaki Tamago using Microwave
Dashimaki tamago is a Japanese omelet made with dashi. Dashimaki is cooked in a square pan, but using a microwave oven makes it easy and fluffy.
Check out this recipe

Tamagodon using dashi powder is also delicious. This is an easy to make meat-free recipe.

Easy Tamago Donburi with Onion and Mushrooms
This is a simple egg rice bowl recipe without Mentsuyu. The sweetness of the onions and the umami of the mushrooms are so nice.
Check out this recipe

Soak boiled eggs in dashi powder and soy sauce. Seasoned ramen egg with dashi powder is quck, easy and delicious.

Soy Sauce Flavored Ramen Egg, Ajitama, Nitamago
Seasoned eggs are called as Ajitama, Nitamago, and Ramen Eggs. Delicious Ajitama recipe that can be made with easily available ingredients.
Check out this recipe

Dashi Powder and Meat Recipe

This is a recipe for oyakodon WITHOUT Mirin and Sake. You don’t even need dashi broth. Oyako-don is made with dashi powder.

Oyakodon, Japanese Don Food with Chicken and Egg
Oyako means parents and children. Don means a dish served on rice. Chicken and egg, parents and children, in other words oyako don, is a sweet dish with the taste of soy sauce and dashi.
Check out this recipe

This is a recipe for katsudon WITHOUT Mirin and Sake. You can make katsudon with dashi powder.

Katsu don
If you make a little extra tonkatsu, you can enjoy Katsu-don the next day. The seasoned pork cutlet, tonkatsu, katsudon tastes great also.
Check out this recipe

Also, Nikujaga can be made without mirin and sake. Nikujaga made with dashi powder.

Nikujaga, Japanese Simmered Pork and Potato
Nikujaga, Japanese Simmered Pork and Potato is one of the most popular home cooking. This recipe is the easiest and quickest nikujaga.
Check out this recipe

Dashi Powder and Fish Recipe

Nanban chicken is well-known. You know, fish is also available. You can make Nanban fish with dashi powder, without mirin and sake.

Nanban Duke, Japanese Sweet Sour Pickled Fish and Vegetable
Nanban Duke is sweet sour pickled fried fish and vege. Horse mackerel and salmon are used in Japan. In Finland, I use Muikku and Silakka.
Check out this recipe

Dashi Powder and Seasoning Recipe

Mentsuyu and shiro dashi are often found in Japanese recipes. All can be made with dashi powder.

Here is a recipe for homemade mentsuyu made with dashi powder. This is an alcohol-free mentsuyu recipe. You can also make vegan mentsuyu if you make it yourself.

Japanese Noodle Soup Mentsuyu, Tempura Dip Tentsuyu without Mirin, Sake
This is a recipe for Mentsuyu and Tentsuyu, Soba, Udon and Tempura dipping soup without mirin or sake. You can use both dashi soup and dashi powder.
Check out this recipe

Homemade White Dashi recipe made with Dashi Powder.

Substitute Shiro Dashi: Japanese Useful Seasoning
Shiro dashi is a very useful seasoning for seasoning Japanese food, but it is not so common in other countries. Here is a recipe for an easy substitute.
Check out this recipe

Dashi Powder Vegan Recipe

Tofu is a classic vegan and vegetarian ingredient. Here are recipes for sesame tofu and edamame tofu made with dashi powder.

Easy Homemade Sesame Tofu with Potato Starch and Tahini
You can make sesame tofu very easily with sesame paste and potato starch. Tasty and healthy side dish. It tastes good with a sweet sauce.
Check out this recipe
Edamame Tofu Hardened with Gelatin: Easy to Make with Frozen Edamame
This recipe for Edamame Tofu is easy to make using frozen edamame. I use soy milk and gelatin so that it can be made overseas.
Check out this recipe

After thinking a lot about dashi powder, I realized that dashi powder is an indispensable seasoning. There are also products for vegans. Please use Dashi Powder to your advantage

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