Make Wasabi Paste At Home, Here’s How

Wasabi is most frequently associated with the hot green paste used as a dipping sauce for all varieties of sushi. But any recipe, like these Wasabi Beef Fajitas, can be spiced up with wasabi. The Wasabia japonica plant's rhizome, which resembles a plant stem and develops underground where a root should be, is used to make authentic wasabi. 

Instead of pepper's capsaicin, allyl isothiocyanate gives it a distinct, clean spice. This explains why some people complain that eating wasabi causes their noses to get hot. Our nasal passageways are densely populated with wasabi scent receptors. Genuine freshly grated wasabi has a vibrant, green flavour with a hint of swiftly dissipating heat. While strong, it is delicate enough to let the flavour of raw fish come through. Wasabi, which is typically served with sushi, adds a spicy kick that is supposed to enhance rather than mask the flavour of the fish. 

True wasabi comes from the Brassicaceae family of plants. Wasabi's fiery flavour is similar to that of mustard, horseradish, and radishes, which are also members of this family. The majority of the wasabi sold in grocery stores and with premade sushi is made of powdered horseradish and fake colour since real wasabi is pricey. Moreover, it could include thickeners such flour or cornflour and mustard powder. 

Fresh wasabi should be used to make wasabi sauce. Most of the world's grocery stores do not carry this spice, but it is simple to produce at home. Rhizomes should be purchased from a reputable retailer. You may also purchase it online, but you should be aware that rhizomes are rather expensive. 


Wasabi root 

4 tsp horseradish grated 

1 tsp Chinese mustard pounded or pureed 

A few drops Soy sauce according to taste 

A few drops vinegar to taste (enhances pungency) 

1 cooked anchovy chopped finely (optional) 


Wash and let the wasabi rhizome to air dry. Peel the end of the banana approximately 1 inch. Grate enough for 1 serving or more using a fine grater or a special wasabi sharkskin grater. After rolling the resulting paste into a ball, leave it on the counter for 10 minutes to let the flavour meld. Any leftovers should be wrapped in plastic wrap first, then a wet paper towel. Be careful not to get wasabi in your eyes because it has a strong flavour. Moreover, the flavour degrades quickly.  

Wasabi plant leaves can be utilised in recipes. These do have a light hot bite, albeit they don't exactly taste like wasabi. They even work well as a salad green. You can grate a few leaves into a bowl with some other veggies for a quick, wholesome supper. This will enable the flavour of the wasabi to develop. This wasabi recipe can be used in salads.