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Upgrade Recipes: 5 BEST Substitutes for Yoshida Sauce

Have you ever come across a sauce that sounds as vibrant as Yoshida Sauce? The beauty of this condiment is its versatility.

You can use it to flavour everything from fried rice and chicken wings, to udon noodles and thin- sliced beef.

But if you’re out of the special ingredient and don’t want to brave the supermarket crowds, then you’ll be happy to hear there are some creative ways to switch it up with flavorful alternatives.

All you have to do is get creative and find your favorite among the top 5 substitutes for Yoshida Sauce – teriyaki sauce, honey garlic sauce, bbq sauce, hoisin sauce or oyster sauce – to jazz up everyday dishes.

The 5 BEST Substitutes for Yoshida Sauce

So if you don’t have Yoshida Sauce on hand, what other ingredients can you use as substitutes? Here are five of the best substitutes for Yoshida Sauce:

1 – Ponzu Sauce

ponzu sauce

Ponzu sauce is a tart and savory dipping sauce created from citrus juices – usually lemon, lime or yuzu juice.

It’s combined with soy sauce and other ingredients like bonito flakes, kelp and mushrooms to give it a unique flavor profile.

Ponzu has a sharp lemony taste along with an umami undertone thanks to the inclusion of the bonito flakes, making it a great substitute for Yoshida Sauce.

If you can’t find any in your grocery store, it’s easy to make at home.

Just combine equal parts soy sauce, mirin, orange juice (or lemon/lime juice) and rice vinegar in a bowl.

If you have it, also add ¼-1/2 teaspoon of Kombu seaweed powder for added depth of flavor.

2 – Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce

sweet baby rays bbq sauce

Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce is a common grocery store BBQ sauce that is a great substitute for Yoshida sauce.

The flavor is sweet and tangy.

It is made with high-quality ingredients including vinegar, molasses, caramel color, salt, tomato paste and other spices.

When used in the place of Yoshida sauce, it adds a milder sweetness without the strong umami flavor that some people find too overpowering.

Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce can be easily found in most grocery stores and you may choose from a range of different flavors such as honey or hickory.

This barbecue sauce can be used on meat, fish and even as a marinade.

3 – Tonkatsu Sauce

tonkatsu sauce

Tonkatsu sauce is another common condiment widely used in Japan.

It may look similar to Yoshida sauce, but it’s actually quite different.

Tonkatsu sauce has a much thicker consistency than Yoshida sauce and a distinctly sweet taste, making it a great accompaniment for Japanese fried pork cutlets (known as tonkatsu).

The mildly acidic and slightly sweet flavor also makes it popular for topping off many other dishes like odango, omuraisu and more.

However, its sweetness may be too strong for some users looking for an exact Yoshida sauce substitute — but it can definitely be used and enjoyed as an alternative.

4 – Teriyaki Marinade By Kikkoman

teriyaki marinade by kikkoman

Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade is one of the leading brands and perhaps the most beloved alternative to Yoshida’s Sauce.

It has a sweet, yet umami natural flavor and is perfect for marinating steak, chicken or fish.

This marinade has just the right amount of ingredients to give your food a deep and rich teriyaki flavor and is also great as a dipping sauce.

In addition, it’s gluten free, so you can rest assured that it won’t affect your health adversely in any way.

5 – Bulgogi Sauce

bulgogi sauce

Bulgogi sauce is a type of condiment widely used in Korean cuisine and of course, as a substitute for Yoshida sauce.

It is made out of soy sauce, mirin, garlic, ginger, honey or brown sugar, sesame oil and sometimes Asian pear.

It can be used as a marinade or as an all-purpose condiment and its flavor ranges from sweet to salty depending on the ratio of the ingredients.

This type of sauce usually has a strong garlic scent and it works great with meats such as chicken and pork.

When using it to replace Yoshida sauce the key is to increase the amount of sweetener you added.

This way you can bring some sweetness back into the dish without having to change too much about it.

Overall, bulgogi sauce hits most notes that Yoshida does but with an Eastern twist.

substitutes for yoshida sauce

The 5 BEST Substitutes for Yoshida Sauce

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Substitutes
Servings 1 Serving


  • Ponzu Sauce
  • Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
  • Tonkatsu Sauce
  • Teriyaki Marinade By Kikkoman
  • Bulgogi Sauce


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