Definition of wasabi in English:



mass noun
  • A Japanese plant with a thick green root which tastes like strong horseradish and is used in cooking, especially in powder or paste form as an accompaniment to raw fish.

    Eutrema wasabi, family Cruciferae

    • ‘When eating Japanese cuisine, her favorite, she opts for a little extra wasabi and green tea to keep her teeth healthy.’
    • ‘We ate the fish with soy and wasabi and admired the beautiful scenery of Obama bay, the lush forested mountains shrouded in dawn mist giving a mysterious calm to the place.’
    • ‘Use the Japanese condiment wasabi or sprinkle cayenne pepper on your food.’
    • ‘Be careful if you are not accustomed to Japanese horseradish paste, known as wasabi, with its warm and unique sensation that permeates up to the inner part of your nose.’
    • ‘Sashimi consists of cuts of the finest raw fish and seafood garnished with crisp shreds of daikon and dipped into soy sauce and the hot, green Japanese horseradish called wasabi.’
    • ‘In a bowl, add the beef, soy sauce, wasabi, scallion, soybean oil and season with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘These are served with wasabi, a super-hot green horseradish, and dipped in soy sauce.’
    • ‘The name is deceptive because this dish isn't tofu at all but consists of cream cheese cubes topped with green onions and bonito flakes and is eaten with a smidgen of wasabi.’
    • ‘It comes with slices of sweet pickled ginger and a dish of salty soy sauce and fiery-hot wasabi (a green paste, similar to horseradish).’
    • ‘Isothiocyanates are also found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, and wasabi, the Japanese condiment.’
    • ‘Adjust the amount of wasabi powder to taste - with 1/2 teaspoon the noodles are fairly spicy.’
    • ‘Beside clearing your sinuses, wasabi - horseradish - has a few benefits including lowering your cancer risk.’
    • ‘Dinner began with fresh sashimi with soy and wasabi.’
    • ‘It starts with dried whole peas and of course uses wasabi powder or paste, the amount of which can be adjusted to your taste.’
    • ‘You'll also find the peas that, laced with wasabi, pack a significant wallop.’
    • ‘The pungency of wasabi, horseradish, Brussels sprouts, and mustards comes from compounds called isothiocyanates.’
    • ‘Drain the vinegar from the clam and add the sweet pea juice, wasabi, water chestnuts, chili, parsley and sea salt and toss to combine.’
    • ‘For sashimi, put a dab of wasabi directly on the fish.’
    • ‘Main course was fillet of beef with a wild mushroom mousse, wasabi and potato rosti, wilted pak-choi and tempura vegetables and hoi-sin jus.’
    • ‘The cooked fish are dipped into tangy sauces, including wasabi, the Japanese mustard, satay sauce and chilli soya sauce.’


Early 20th century: from Japanese.