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Shichimi Togarashi

Shichimi Togarashi

Shichimi Togarashi
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Shichimi Togarashi is a Japanese spice mixture made from 7 spices. It is not the same as Chinese Five Spice mixture.

The ingredients and proportions used will vary. There are a few exclusive shops in Japan that will mix up the Shichimi to your preference for ingredients and proportions.

The ingredients usually include items from the following list:
    • Red pepper flakes, ground
    • Roasted orange or mandarin peel
    • Yellow (aka white) sesame seed
    • Black sesame seed or black hemp seeds or poppy seeds
    • Sansho (Japanese Pepper aka Szechuan Peppercorns)
    • Dark green dried seaweed flakes (nori)
    • Ginger
    • Rapeseed
    • Chipi (dried mikan peel)

Some people suggest using equal parts of everything. Others will increase the portion of red pepper flakes.

Shichimi Togarashi is sold already ground and mixed. In Japan, it is also now sold with the whole individual spices in a spice jar with a mill on top so that it can be ground "fresh."

Even though whole Sansho (aka Szechuan Peppercorns) on its own is banned in America, you can buy Shichimi Togarashi including ground Szechuan Peppercorns in the mix in bottles.


You can mix up your own Shichimi Togarashi, swapping in black peppercorns for the Szechuan Peppercorns. Some Shichimi recipes even call for chilli powder, which no doubt would have purists shuddering. But given that most Shichimi recipes will still have you combing grocery stores and ethnic markets for hemp seeds, dried nori, dried orange peel, Szechuan Peppercorns, etc, you'd do just as well to keep your eye out for a bottle of it while you're at it and be done with it.


1 tablespoon = 8g

1/2 cup = 70g / 2.5 oz

Language Notes

Pronounced "shee-chee-mee togarashee." Shichimi means "seven flavours." "Ichimi" would mean 1 flavour. Also called "Nana iro togarashi" in Japanese, as "nana" also means "seven." The name "Nanami togarashi" is being used by the S&B spice company, as an anglicisation. "Togarashi" means a hot red pepper.

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Also called:

Nana iro togarashi, Nanami togarashi, Shichimi togarashi (Japanese)


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