Definition of ponzu in English:



mass noun
  • (in Japanese cooking) a sauce or dip made with soy sauce and citrus juice.

    • ‘The tataki of tuna with fennel and gingered ponzu was fine, as were the spiced tuna tartare and tuna sashimi rolls.’
    • ‘Reducing the ponzu and sesame makes the sardines taste less like herring from Russ & Daughters.’
    • ‘The signature starter, Nine Bites, is an assortment of mini-masterpieces that might include a tuna sashimi roll with truffled ponzu (a soy-citrus sauce) or a lobster pot de creme as silky as creme caramel.’
    • ‘But day-boat cod in soy ginger, filet mignon in a piquant soy, and velvety skate in ponzu and brown butter are elegantly simple, while roasted chili-spiked lobster is magnificently sloppy.’
    • ‘Factors such as the thickness of the slices affect other features such as the composition of the dipping sauce; a citrus fruit and soy sauce called ponzu is a favourite with very thin slices.’


Japanese, from pon ‘smack, pop’ + zu, from su ‘vinegar’.