Unagi Eel Sauce Recipe

Extremely simple recipe using only three ingredients!

Unagi eel sauce to the Japanese is what ketchup is to Americans. It is an extremely popular topping for everything from barbeque to sushi. Below you will find FAQs, tips, and an easy recipe!

This eel sauce recipe is extremely popular in Japanese culture. You can find it anywhere from sushi topping to barbeque. Frequently it is found on a grilled eel dish, otherwise called unagi, hence why it is called unagi eel sauce! Recipes do no get much simpler than this! Chances are, the toughest part of the recipe is finding the ingredients!

Unagi Eel Sauce

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What is unagi meat and what is unagi eel sauce?

Unagi is the Japanese word for freshwater eel which is an extremely popular dish in that culture. Unagi is typically grilled, roasted, or barbequed and is frequently found as an ingredient in sushi rolls such as the dragon roll. Just like with barbeque sauce on brisket, unagi eel is frequently paired with unagi sauce which is sweet, tangy, and extremely sticky.

Grilled Eel (Unagi)

Since eel sauce is extremely sticky, it makes for a good pairing to either lather on as a topping or mix in a bowl. Some common pairings aside from sushi and grilled eel are as a coating for corn on the cob, a sauce to coat vegetables in, and even a topping on pizza!

How do I make unagi eel sauce?

Unagi eel sauce is extremely simple to make and only takes three ingredients. The toughest part of making the eel sauce isn’t cooking, it’s finding the mirin! Mirin can be found in many grocery stores if you know where to look. Frequently it is with the Asian spices. Fortunately for you, I have provided a link to purchase a cheap bottle off of Amazon. Mirin comes in a wide variety of price ranges. In my experience, the cheaper bottles taste just as good as the expensive.

The list of ingredients for unagi eel sauce is as follows: a half cup of soy sauce, a half cup of white sugar, and a half cup of mirin. Combine them all together and simmer over medium heat on your stovetop. Simmer until reduced down to around 1 cup of liquid remaining. It helps to stir while simmering to keep from sticking to your pots!

Unagi Eel Sauce

Unagi Eel Sauce

Delicious topping for sushi rolls!
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese


  • Small pot


  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Mirin


  • Combine the soy sauce, white sugar, and mirin in a small pot and cook over medium heat until the liquid is reduced down to 3/4 to 1 cup
Keyword unagi, unagi eel

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