Check out our guide to mirin, including where to buy it and plenty of recipe inspiration, then read about panko breadcrumbs, gochujang and kombucha.

What is mirin?

Mirin is a sweetened rice wine used in Japanese cooking. It’s similar to sake but is sweeter and has a lower ABV. It’s great for marinades, salad dressings and stir-fries, as well as broths, glazes and sauces. Mirin is a key ingredient in teriyaki sauce.

Where to buy mirin

Sainsbury's Mirin, £1.90/150ml, Sainsbury's

Cooks' Ingredients Mirin Rice Wine, £2.50/150ml, Waitrose

Clearspring Organic Japanese Mikawa Mirin, £4.89/150ml, Amazon

Mirin recipes

Teriyaki sauce

Traditionally teriyaki is more of a glaze than a sauce but it’s great to have on hand as it works well with so many things. Try it as a marinade or glaze for meat and fish, or drizzle it over steamed veg or dumplings.

A stone bowl of dark brown sauce with a brushed silver spoon next to a metal pan with more sauce

Crispy Chinese-style chicken

Try this crispy chicken recipe with crunchy greens. This super-easy meal for three is packed with punchy flavour and comes in at just over 400 calories.

Crispy Chinese Chicken Recipe

Braised ox cheeks

An easy, slow-cooked ox cheeks recipe with punchy soy and mirin flavours. Enjoy it spooned over rice, tossed with noodles, stuffed into steamed buns or even wrapped in Chinese pancakes.

Braised ox cheeks in bao buns

Soba noodles with seared tuna and soy mirin dressing

Japanese soba noodles are made from buckwheat and wheat flour and can be found in most supermarkets and health food stores. Asian shops also sell a variation made with green tea, which has a lovely colour.

Healthy one-pot chicken

A twist on a classic pot roast, this healthy chicken dish is infused with aromatic flavours, from the umami of miso to the grassy freshness of pak choi. Serve it up on Sunday for an alternative roast to feed the family.

A white casserole dish filled with crispy chicken thighs and green pak choi

Gochujang roast celeriac noodle bowls

These nourishing vegan noodle bowls are bursting with colour and texture, from gochujang roast celeriac and crispy radishes to bright edamame beans.

A white bowl filled with brown soba noodles, green edamame, roasted celeriac and black sesame seeds

Teriyaki salmon

A classic salmon teriyaki recipe by chef Hidenori Ohata. This makes for an impressive dinner party starter. You can find mirin and sake in Asian supermarkets.

A fillet of teriyaki salmon with pak choi and rice on a plate

Togarashi tomahawk

This BBQ steak recipe is a real crowd pleaser. We have created a togarashi spice mix to give the steak Japanese flavours of sesame, nori seaweed and zesty dried mandarin, and basted the steak in miso and rice wine vinegar.

Togarashi Tomahawk

Roasted roots with umami dressing

Add some extra flavour to your dishes with umami, a deep savoury taste sensation that can be used as a salad dressing or to perk up a side dish of roasted vegetables.

Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe With Umami

Foil-baked mushrooms

Check out this flavoursome veggie mushroom side dish from Scott Hallsworth's Asian 'junk food' restaurant, Freak Scene.

Baked Mushrooms Recipe


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Adam BushDeputy food editor