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Add a Kick to Your Meals with Authentic Wasabi from Tomato Japanese Grocery

Add a Kick to Your Meals with Authentic Wasabi from Tomato Japanese Grocery

Welcome to the Tomato Japanese Grocery blog! Today, we’re diving into the spicy and flavorful world of wasabi. This iconic Japanese condiment, known for its sharp, pungent heat, is a must-have for sushi lovers and those looking to add a unique twist to their dishes. Let’s explore what makes wasabi special, its various forms, and how you can use it to elevate your meals.

What is Wasabi?

Wasabi, often referred to as Japanese horseradish, comes from the rhizome (underground stem) of the Wasabia japonica plant. It has a distinctively pungent aroma and a sharp, spicy flavor that quickly dissipates, leaving a refreshing aftertaste. True wasabi is traditionally grated fresh from the rhizome, but it’s also available in paste and powder forms.

Types of Wasabi

At Tomato Japanese Grocery, we offer various forms of wasabi to suit different preferences and culinary needs:

1. Fresh Wasabi Rhizome

Fresh wasabi rhizome is the most authentic form of wasabi. It requires grating with a special tool, often a sharkskin grater, to achieve a fine paste. Freshly grated wasabi has a bright, clean heat that’s less harsh than imitation versions.


  • Sushi and sashimi
  • Freshly grated over noodles and rice dishes
  • Mixed into sauces and dressings

2. Wasabi Paste

Wasabi paste is a convenient alternative made from a blend of wasabi and horseradish. It’s readily available and easy to use, providing a quick way to add wasabi flavor to your dishes.


  • Dipping sauce for sushi and sashimi
  • Spread on sandwiches and wraps
  • Added to salad dressings and marinades

3. Wasabi Powder

Wasabi powder is made by drying and grinding the wasabi rhizome. To use, simply mix the powder with water to form a paste. It’s a versatile option that can be stored for longer periods.


  • Mixed into soy sauce for a spicy dip
  • Sprinkled over popcorn or roasted nuts
  • Incorporated into spice rubs for meat and seafood

The Health Benefits of Wasabi

In addition to its unique flavor, wasabi offers several health benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory Properties: Wasabi contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Antibacterial Effects: The natural compounds in wasabi have antibacterial properties that can help protect against foodborne illnesses.
  • Rich in Antioxidants: Wasabi is high in antioxidants, which help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body.

Versatile Ways to Use Wasabi

Wasabi’s bold flavor can be used in a variety of creative ways to enhance your meals:

  • Sushi and Sashimi: The classic use of wasabi is as a condiment for sushi and sashimi. Mix a small amount with soy sauce for a spicy dipping sauce.
  • Sauces and Dressings: Add wasabi to mayonnaise, soy sauce, or vinaigrettes for a zesty kick in your dressings and dips.
  • Marinades: Incorporate wasabi into marinades for meat, seafood, and tofu to infuse a unique spicy flavor.
  • Snacks: Sprinkle wasabi powder over popcorn, roasted nuts, or chips for a spicy snack.

Why Choose Tomato Japanese Grocery for Your Wasabi?

At Tomato Japanese Grocery, we pride ourselves on offering the finest selection of authentic Japanese ingredients. Here’s why you should shop with us:

  • Authenticity: Our wasabi products are sourced directly from Japan, ensuring you get the most authentic and high-quality experience.
  • Quality: We offer wasabi in various forms, made from the best ingredients to provide superior taste and consistency.
  • Variety: From fresh wasabi rhizome to convenient paste and powder forms, we have options to cater to all your culinary needs.
  • Convenience: Shop online from the comfort of your home and have your favorite Japanese products delivered straight to your door.

How to Store Wasabi

  • Fresh Wasabi Rhizome: Store in the refrigerator wrapped in a damp cloth or paper towel to maintain its freshness.
  • Wasabi Paste: Once opened, refrigerate and use within the recommended period for the best flavor.
  • Wasabi Powder: Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Once mixed with water, refrigerate and use within a few days.

Try Our Wasabi Collection Today!

Ready to spice up your meals with authentic wasabi? Visit our online store at Tomato Japanese Grocery and explore our collection of high-quality wasabi products. Whether you’re preparing sushi, adding a kick to your dressings, or looking for a unique twist on snacks, our wasabi will elevate your culinary creations.

Thank you for choosing Tomato Japanese Grocery. Happy cooking!

By highlighting the unique qualities and versatile uses of wasabi, we aim to inspire our customers to experiment with this delicious and healthful condiment in their cooking. Visit our online store and discover more authentic Japanese ingredients to enrich your dining experiences.