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Homemade wasabi paste made with hon wasabi root

Homemade Wasabi Paste

  • Author: Yuto Omura
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 portion


How to grate wasabi root and make your own fresh wasabi paste at home!


  • 1 wasabi root (hon wasabi)


  1. Wash under cold running water and clean gently with a scrubber to remove any dirt.
  2. Remove the stems by hand.
    Removing the stems of wasabi root
  3. Use a knife to remove any black parts. (Do not peel completely.)
    Peeling wasabi root with a knife
  4. Grate using a Japanese style grater (oroshiki/oroshigame) by gently pressing the wasabi root over the spikes and moving in a repetitive circular motion. Grate what you need, don't grate the whole root.
    wasabi root being grated on a silver Japanese grater top down
  5. Transfer to a chopping board.
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut the wasabi finely using a rocking motion. This will make it smoother and break down any lumps.
    Wasabi paste being cut on a wooden chopping board
  7. Enjoy with your favourite Japanese sashimi, sushi and noodle dishes!
    Hand ground wasabi paste in a small white bowl


Grate how much you need and store the leftover wasabi root using the instructions below.

Wipe the wasabi root dry, wrap it in dry kitchen paper and store it in a plastic ziplock bag in the refrigerator. If it dries out, rehydrate it by soaking in cold water.

Once the stems are removed and it's been grated once, keep for up to 2 weeks using the tips above.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: How to
  • Method: Grating
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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