Katsuobushi (Dried Bonito)

Katsuobushi (Dried Bonito)


Katsuobushi shaver.

Katsuobushi shaver.

Katsuobushi or katsubushi is a rock hard dried bonito flesh. When I was a child, my grandma often asked me to shave it from the block, before preparing food using a wood plane like tool. Now Japanese people usually buy already shaven katsuobushi.

The flavor of shaven katsuobushi deteriorates quickly once it’s exposed to the air. The best way to get fresh katsuobushi is to shave it every time before using. But the shaving tool is hard to get, and solid dried katsuobushi block is even harder to get. (I am surprised to found out that you can now buy them at Amazon.)

Katsuobushi block before shaved.

Katsuobushi block before shaved.

If you buy a big package, divide them into several small ziplock bags, seal tightly, and keep them in a freezer. The less you expose it to the air, the better. Shaved katsuobushi won’t be frozen.

Katsuobushi can be found at Japanese grocery stores and other Asian grocery stores, but if you want to it order online, here are some of the links;



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One Response to Katsuobushi (Dried Bonito)

  1. Yukiyo November 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Hi Jonnie,

    It is recommended in Japan to use dashi made from dried bonito or kombu effectively to cut the amount of sodium in food. Good dashi is so flavorful and satisfying, the food is still tasty even if it’s not loaded with salt.

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