Ponzu Japanese Steak Sauce

Introducing my Ponzu Japanese Steak Sauce, a zesty and savory sauce that adds a burst of authentic Japanese flavor to your grilled, pan-seared, or oven-baked steak! With just a few simple Japanese-inspired ingredients, this sauce elevates your steak game effortlessly! Get ready to delight your taste buds with this Japanese-inspired steak sauce, perfect for adding a delicious twist to your next steak!

Steak being dipped into ponzu Japanese steak sauce.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Ponzu Japanese Steak Sauce is a game-changer for grilled steaks, boasting a zesty and savory flavor profile inspired by Japanese cuisine! Hand crafted with a base of ponzu and citrus, it adds a unique tanginess that perfectly complements the richness of the steak. This sauce holds a special place in my heart as a beloved family recipe, consistently dubbed the best steak sauce ever by those who taste it!

Unlike the sweeter sauce featured in my Japanese Style Garlic Steak and Beef Tataki, this one leans towards the flavors found in my Hibachi Ginger Sauce used in my Japanese Hibachi Steak recipe, with a stronger zesty base and delightful garlic-infused experience. All I do is combine the ingredients, dip perfectly seasoned steak into the sauce, and savor the explosion of flavors! If you’re in search a of a fail proof recipe for a savory Japanese-style steak sauce that’s sure to impress, look no further then this recipe here!



  • Ponzu – a citrus flavored soy sauce found in most Japanese supermarkets, for this recipe Mizkan brand is preferred.
  • Rice VinegarRice Vinegar distilled from rice used in Asian cuisine and gives this signature flavors in this sauce.
  • Sweetener –  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Garlic– freshly grated garlic.
  • Chili Pepper – freshly chopped thai chili pepper or red chili pepper. Optional for a touch of spiciness.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions, optional.

🥢 Ponzu Note

In crafting this recipe, Mizkan ponzu flavor is specifically used. It’s important to note that if you opt for a different brand, adjustments to the amount of sweetener used in the sauce may be necessary.

Ingredients to make ponzu based Japanese steak sauce on the counter top.


Step 1 Combine ponzu, rice vinegar, sweetener and grated garlic in mixing bowl.

Ponzu steak sauce in a mixing bowl.

🥄 Dissolving Sweetener Pro Tip

Warm the rice vinegar in the Microwave for 10-15 Seconds and mix in sweetener before combining other ingredients. This will help the sweetener dissolve more effectively.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

For an extra touch, top your dish with chopped Green Onions and Chili Pepper. This garnish adds a pop of color and a hint of spice, elevating the presentation and flavor of your dish.

🍽️ Serving Pro Tip

For optimal flavor, let the sauce Rest for 10-15 Minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together. Serving it at Room Temperature enhances its taste profile. Ensure that the steak you’re pairing it with is well seasoned with salt and black pepper only to perfectly complement the sauce.

Recipe Variations

If you are seeking a sweet twist on your steak sauce, consider trying my Japanese Sweet Steak Sauce. This variation features a delightful dashi base infused with sweet flavors, offering a different style of steak sauce.

Pairing Recommendations

For a delicious meal, simply dip with grilled, pan-seared, or oven-baked NY fillet, ribeye, or top sirloin. Pair it with either tangy Wafu Salad Dressing or sweet Miso Salad Dressing on a fresh green salad. For added heartiness, serve a side of Japanese Chicken Soup or a comforting bowl of Tofu Miso Soup alongside your choice of rice for a flavorful Japanese-inspired steak dining experience!

Steak being dipped into ponzu Japanese steak sauce.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use any brand of ponzu sauce for this recipe?

Yes, you can use any brand of ponzu sauce for this recipe. However, it's important to note that if you opt for a different brand aside from Mizkan, you may need to adjust the amount of sweetener used in the sauce accordingly.

Can I use this sauce for marinating the steak?

No, this sauce is specifically crafted for dipping and is not recommended to be used as a marinade for steak.

Can I customize the level of spiciness in the sauce?

Yes, you can customize the level of spiciness in the sauce by simply omitting the chili pepper. Adjusting the amount or omitting the chili pepper allows you to tailor the sauce to your preferred level of spiciness.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, simply place the unused sauce in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. It will maintain its quality for 14-21 days when properly refrigerated.

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Steak being dipped into ponzu Japanese steak sauce.

Ponzu Japanese Steak Sauce

Come try my flavorful Japanese Steak Sauce recipe! Made with authentic Japanese-inspired ingredients, it adds a burst of savory flavor to grilled, pan-seared, or oven-baked steaks. Discover the perfect accompaniment to your favorite cuts of meat!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese Steak Dipping Sauce, Japanese steak sauce
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Servings: 4
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Calories: 10kcal


  • 2 tbsp Ponzu
  • 2 tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Chili Pepper optional
  • 1 Stalk Green Onions optional


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredient to make ponzu steak sauce.
  • Combine ponzu, rice vinegar, sweetener, and grated garlic in a mixing bowl. Optionally, add chopped green onions and chili pepper. Let the sauce rest for 10-15 minutes for the best taste.
    Ponzu steak sauce in a mixing bowl.


Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 5mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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