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A dashi packet is a great alternative to making dashi (Japanese soup stock). It’s really convenient and produces a much more flavorful soup stock than one made with dashi powder.

Dashi made from Dashi Packet.

One of the most convenient ways of making delicious dashi for your miso soup and other Japanese dishes is using dashi packet (だしパック). These little pouches work just like tea bags; you simply need to mix them with water, let the flavor steep and infuse, and you’ll have flavorful dashi soup stock instantly! They are reasonably affordable and save so much time in the kitchen.

In this post, I will share my favorite dashi packet and how to use it.

The Dashi Packet I Love

Kayanoya Dashi Packet | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comKayanoya Dashi Packet | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

After trying a handful of dashi packet brands, I believe Kayanoya Dashi has the best flavors among them.

This dashi packet includes flying fish (Yakiago, Tobiuo), bonito flakes (katsuobushi), Pacific round herring (Urume Iwashi), kelp (Ma Kombu; see different types of kombu in this post), and sea salt.

One bag of Kayanoya Dashi contains 30 packets ($3.81/oz). If you make miso soup with a dashi packet, you can make roughly 60 miso soup bowls. By the way, it is cheaper than a carton of chicken stock!

Kayanoya Dashi is available in the U.S. and you can purchase their dashi on Amazon or from your local Japanese grocery stores (I get mine from Nijiya). Kayanoya also carries different types of dashi, including low-sodium dashi and vegetable dashi.

Kayanoya says on their website: Our products contain no additives including artificial flavors and preservatives. Chemically-made MSG (sodium glutamate) is not added to the product during the manufacturing process, but we have not tested whether naturally-derived MSG is mixed in, so we do not advertise our products as “no MSG”. In addition, powder floats in the air during manufacturing and packaging processes, and naturally-derived MSG can generate. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that naturally-derived MSG is not mixed in.

Other Dashi Packets

Dashi packets are more easily accessible these days. You can get a few different brands of dashi packets on Amazon.

Yamaki Dashi PacketYamaki Dashi Packet

Recipes Using Dashi

The majority of Japanese recipes require dashi to add authentic umami-rich savory flavors and here are some examples.

5 different types of dashi in a jar and their ingredients.5 different types of dashi in a jar and their ingredients.

The Ultimate Dashi Guide

Dashi plays an important role as a flavor enhancer in Japanese cooking, so food is not seasoned with too much salt, fat, or sugar. Rich in minerals and other vitamins, dashi is considered a healthy ingredient in our daily diet.

In Japanese cooking, there are six different types of dashi, including vegetarian and vegan dashi (*).

  1. Awase Dashi – a stock made from a combination of dried kelp + bonito flakes
  2. Kombu Dashi * – a stock made from dried kelp
  3. Katsuo Dashi – a stock made from dried bonito flakes
  4. Iriko Dashi – a stock made from dried anchovies/sardines
  5. Shiitake Dashi * – a stock made from dried shiitake mushrooms
  6. Vegan Dashi * – a stock made from dried shiitake mushrooms and kombu

If you are new to different types of dashi, check out my Ultimate Dashi Guide.

Dashi made from Dashi Packet.Dashi made from Dashi Packet.

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How to Make Dashi with Dashi Packet | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comHow to Make Dashi with Dashi Packet | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

How to Make Japanese Soup Stock with Dashi Packet

When you are running short on time, make dashi (Japanese soup stock) using a convenient dashi packet. I’ll show you how quick and easy it is to make. The packet produces a much more flavorful soup stock than one made with dashi powder.

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 430 ml (1⅞ cups per batch)



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Author: Namiko Chen

Course: How to

Cuisine: Japanese

Keyword: dashi, stock

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 7, 2016. The original video was replaced with the new video using updated clips on April 26, 2024.


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