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Unveiling the Magic of Shio Koji with Easy and Delectable Japanese Chicken Yakitori

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

If you're wondering what Shio Koji is, get ready to experience the wonder miracle sauce that transforms everything into a fantastic delight. It truly is a magic ingredient that never fails to amaze me. And the best part? This recipe is jaw-droppingly easy to make, with mouth-watering results that will leave you craving more.

Shio Koji - The Japanese Magic Sauce

Now, what exactly is Shio Koji? Chances are, many of you have never heard of it, but fear not, I didn't know about it until a few years ago, either. Shio koji is a fermented seasoning made only from rice koji, salt, and water. It has been attracting attention for several years as a fermented food product that makes it easy to incorporate the action of koji mold and enzymes. As the name suggests, it is a rich food product with a saltiness as its base, and the addition of the umami and sweetness of koji, as well as the complex aroma unique to fermented foods. It's amazing considering it's made from such simple ingredients. It's the secret ingredient that elevates the flavors to another level.

The common usage is to marinate ingredients such as meat or fish and then grill them. The protein in the ingredients turns into umami, taking the dish up a notch. Of course, it's also good with vegetables, and you can mix it, stir-fry it, deep-fry it... Some people say, "Add a little to any dish and it will become delicious," so it can indeed be said to be a versatile seasoning.

The Simplicity of Perfection

As a seasoned cook, I've always believed that the most straightforward recipes are often challenging to master. However, this Shio Koji Chicken Yakitori recipe is a delightful exception to that rule. It's as easy as ABC, and even if you're new to Japanese cooking, you'll find success in no time.


  • Chicken thigh or breast

  • Shio Koji

  • Lemon

  • Bamboo sticks


1. Begin by cutting the chicken into bite-size squares.

2. Thread the chicken onto the bamboo sticks, creating your Yakitori skewers.

3. Preheat your oven to 275F.

4. Arrange the chicken skewers on a sheet pan.

5. Drizzle Shio Koji over the chicken, allowing it to marinate and infuse the meat with its magical flavor.

6. Slide the sheet pan into the oven, and let the chicken cook for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Slow cooking at a lower temperature will preserve the moisture and juiciness of the chicken, ensuring it remains juicy and flavorful.

7. Once the chicken is cooked to perfection, remove it from the oven and finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice just before serving.

Prepare to Be Amazed

Get ready to experience a culinary wonder with this Shio Koji Chicken Yakitori recipe. The combination of Shio Koji's enchanting flavors, succulent chicken, and the zesty touch of lemon will have your taste buds dancing with delight.

This Japanese dish is perfect for your home cooking endeavors and an excellent addition to your Sushi Class, Cooking Class, Sushi Catering, or Team Building Activities. Your newfound mastery of this easy and delectable recipe will astound your guests and loved ones.

So, venture into Japanese cuisine and embrace the magic of Shio Koji as you create unforgettable and irresistible Chicken Yakitori that will leave everyone asking for more. Enjoy the journey of cooking, and let the flavors take you on a delightful ride through Japanese culinary wonders.

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